SVG recorded its 61st COVID-19 positive case earlier today.
In a release from the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), “the new case belongs to the group of Swedish travellers who arrived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on August 19th from Grenada with negative PCR results from tests done on August 15th, 2020”.
While NEMO did not indicate the number of Swedish passengers who entered the country following the first two initial positive cases reported on August 27th, the Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Grenada, Dr Shawn Charles, said the 2 individuals were among a party of 5 persons that arrived in Grenada on 15 August 2020, with negative (PCR) test results in their possession, as per Grenada’s entry protocol.
“On 18 August, we received their (PCR) results, and these were all negative. They only left quarantine to fly to their onward destination, St Vincent and the Grenadines on 19 August 2020,” explained the CMO.
Dr Charles, who is also an epidemiologist by training, said this could be a possible case of viral shedding, which is not uncommon, since they arrived with negative PCR test results. The results of their follow up PCR tests were also negative, but then showed up as positive when they were tested in St Vincent.
Breadfruit News reported on August 27th that a letter sent to staff of Mandarin Oriental, Canouan by General Manager Duarte Correia confirmed rumours that two cases were discovered at their hotel facility. The missive assured the staff that all protocols were being followed. The letter read:
“We can confirm that 2 guests have tested positive for COVID-19. The case is in the hands of the medical authorities under whose advice we are following.”
“As a precaution, we have temporarily closed TIDES Restaurant in order to undertake a thorough deep cleaning process.”