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SCARE AT VINLEC AS EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

The two latest COVID-19 positive cases may have opened a can of worms for Health Authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in a release dated yesterday (Tuesday December 29) said “that two new positive cases with no history of travel were confirmed over the last 24 hours”.

According to the release “an extensive contact tracing and testing have been initiated.  All possible contacts have been quarantined”.

However, we have learnt that employees at Vinlec and Flow-Arnos Vale Exchange may have been exposed to a citizen or non-national who tested positive for the virus.

A letter sent to staff of St Vincent Electricity Services Limited (VINLEC) by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Thornley O.A.O Mayers on December 29th confirmed that one of the two cases were discovered at his organization. The missive assured the staff that all protocols are being followed.

The letter reads:

“Earlier today we were informed that one of our employees tested positive for SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes the Coronavirus disease.

The employee’s last day on the job was Thursday 24 December 2020. A list of all employees who were in contact with the affected employee was submitted to the Ministry of Health and testing of these employees for the virus has commenced.

All employees who have had any contact with the identified party have been asked to quarantine themselves and would not be on the job for the remainder of the work.

The situation with these employees and all others who may have had casual contact with the affected party would be closely monitored. I visited the employees who are directly affected by this development and assured them of the company’s support.

I wish to use this opportunity to remind all employees to continue to be vigilant and to follow ALL the protocols enunciated by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of SARS-COV 2.”

NEMO notes that “the public will be advised of any additional information as it becomes available”.

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