A Grenadian has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The   National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in Kingstown said on Sunday that a Grenadian health official informally told Vincentian health officials of the development.

NEMO said that the patient is a 37-year-old Grenadian who had travelled from St. Vincent on Dec. 12 with a negative RT-PCR result for a test done on Dec. 9. On Thursday, Dec. 17, day 6 of quarantine in Grenada, the individual tested positive, NEMO said.

NEMO did not provide any information on how long the Grenadian had been in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before returning home.

The emergency management agency, however, said that its Health Services Sub-committee has commenced investigations of the reported case including contact tracing and testing, which thus far have not revealed any positive cases.

“The public will be updated when further information is available,” NEMO said.

The use of facial coverings by all persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, especially in crowded places during the Christmas season, is strongly encouraged, NEMO said. 

“Hand sanitising and physical distancing should also be practiced. Organisers of gatherings such as Christmas parties are reminded to document attendees where possible to facilitate future contact tracing in the event that becomes necessary.

“The responsibility for the health of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is shared by every individual citizen and visitor, and that responsibility includes the compliance with all protocols and advisories,” NEMO said.

Meanwhile, SVG now has 19 active cases of the viral respiratory illness after four new cases were confirmed on Saturday.

 One case is a returning national who arrived with a negative PCR test result from the BVI on Dec. 15, 2020, and tested positive on entry screening. Two UK nationals arrived on Dec. 12 with negative PCR results, tested negative on arrival then positive on day 5 testing.

The fourth traveler arrived from the United States on Dec.18, 2020 with a negative PCR result and tested positive for COVID-19 on entry screening.

“All of these travelers were in mandatory quarantine at the time of receipt of these results and will be isolated until cleared by two negative tests. Contact tracing and testing have commenced,” NEMO said.

SVG has recorded 104 COVID-19 cases, 85 of which have recovered.

NEMO said on Saturday that all quarantine protocols and COVID-19 advisories must be followed to reduce the risk of the introduction and subsequent spread of new COVID-19 cases in SVG.

“The Molecular Lab Unit of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will limit the processing of RT-PCR samples to emergencies only over the Christmas weekend. Persons intending to travel during this period should immediately seek advice on the scheduling of exit screens,” NEMO said. 

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