Two of the 92 Vincentians cruise ship workers who returned home on the Carnival Glory cruise ship on Saturday were found, on rapid testing, to have been exposed to COVID-19.
“The Health Services Subcommittee has commenced further testing on those two crew members and their four counterparts, to determine whether or not they have active COVID-19 infections,” The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said late Saturday night.
“All six have been quarantined in a government approved facility, until definitive PCR COVID-19 testing can be completed,” the release further stated.
“The other 86 crew members have commenced 14 days of mandatory quarantine in their private homes, apartments and guest houses,” NEMO said.
The Vincentian sailor are the first of about 2,000, according to government estimated, who have been stranded overseas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 92 sailors, 91 of them worked on various Carnival Cruise line vessels and were transferred to the Carnival Glory on May 2 in the Bahamas.
One Vincentian transferred from the Caribbean Princess to the Carnival Glory in Vincentian waters on May 9, 2020.
“All of the Vincentian nationals disembarked after initially being screened for SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus which causes COVID-19) exposure.
“This screening was conducted by the Medical Team on board the Carnival Glory using COVID-19 rapid tests,” NEMO said.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has had 17 PCR confirmed cases of COVID-19, nine persons have fully recovered so far.
“The Health Services Subcommittee reminds Vincentians of the importance of strict compliance with quarantine and isolation instructions to ensure that we maintain containment of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“The public is asked to maintain the effective public health measures currently in place which have served to slow the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The safe use of face coverings including homemade masks, along with hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and physical distancing should be strictly adhered to,” NEMO said.