According to officials, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has no known active COVID-19 cases. Since March 11th when the first COVID-19 case was reported, sixty-four (64) persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The COVID-19 taskforce in a press release today states the confirmation of the country’s status as covid-19 free was “confirmed by the receipt today of negative PCR results which completed the multitiered testing protocol in place in SVG”.
“The Vincentian nationals who arrived from BVI on Saturday, September 5 were swabbed on September 10 and tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 by RT-PCR on Friday September 11. As per protocol, additional RT-PCR tests were conducted at the Molecular Laboratory Unit of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment and at CARPHA, and returned negative results for SARS-CoV-2”.
The release also advised that all Vincentian nationals who arrived on AA 945 from Miami on Saturday 12, 2020 were found to be negative and have been released from quarantine facilities.
On March 11th, 2020, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Simone Keizer-Beache reported to the nation that SVG had recorded its first case which was imported. She said at the time that a “female returned to SVG on March 7th, began showing mild symptoms on March 10th and reported herself to the health authorities”. This initial case was imported from the United Kingdom.
Notwithstanding the current status, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is advising all Vincentians of “our shared responsibility of ensuring everyone adheres to all of the protocols established in St. Vincent and the Grenadines aimed at reducing risk of the importation and subsequent transmission of COVID-19” in the country.