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Richard Browne

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Richard Browne. (iWN file photo)

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An assistant commissioner of police, on Saturday, took to Facebook to complain about a lack of follow-up testing of his family, 15 days after they tested positive for COVID-19.

Richard Browne, in the social media post, said that his family was told that health authorities would visit them for retesting.

Retesting is done to verify whether persons have recovered from the illness and could, therefore, end their quarantine and return to their regular activities.

But Browne said that his family was yet to receive a visit despite his numerous calls to the COVID-19 hotline.

“Having called the hotline on numerous occasions seeking advice, they were told someone would visit to do a retest; they must remain home in quarantine,” Browne wrote.

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“Well they are still waiting, and they would wait for as long as it takes for them to keep their end of the bargain to visit our home and to have them retested,” he said.

The development comes as the nation’s health services seem to be overwhelmed amidst a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Since Dec. 28, 597 persons have contracted COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as these persons have no recent travel history.

One such person, who told iWitness News that they have no idea how they contracted the virus, said that health officials discharged them after they tested positive last week.

The patient said that the health officials promised to contact them to get information for contact tracing.

However, almost a week later, the health authorities are yet to contact the patient for the information that could inform contact tracing.

The patient told iWitness News that on testing positive, they immediately notified the person with whom they had been in contact and some of them have since been tested.

18 new cases take tally to 738

On Saturday, St. Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed 18 new COVID-19 cases.

All of the cases are nationals detected during exit screening, contact tracing, testing at flu clinics and targeted screening, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said in its daily bulletin.

NEMO said that the majority of the 597 local cases are linked to various clusters.

The country has recorded 738 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020.

So far, 134 persons have recovered, 602 cases remain active and two persons with COVID-19 have died.

“All positive cases will remain isolated until cleared. All close contacts of positive cases, must remain in their place of quarantine until receipt of their results,” NEMO further said.

NEMO said that the public is asked to comply with the mass gatherings protocol, which restricts all indoor mass gatherings, including funerals and house parties, to 10 persons, and outdoor mass gatherings to 20 persons.

Outdoor gatherings include open air crusades, limes, outdoor fetes, gatherings around open bars (e.g. Heritage Square), gatherings with direct access to the courtyard or large yard or a large pool area, catamaran cruises, beach and river picnics.

“All residents of and visitors to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are reminded of the importance of consistently wearing facial coverings to protect themselves from being infected with the virus which causes COVID-19. Hand hygiene and physical distancing are also basic measures of infection prevention and control,” NEMO said. 

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7 replies on “Senior cop peeved at COVID retesting delay”

  1. Even the Assistant commisioner show what happens in the real world Svg and its a shame but realitity imagine what’s it is like for those who are just the Joe blogs of this island???? what’s the famous saying I’ve learnt being here for 5 years???
    You Getting Through???? No no no no

  2. Avatar Of Across The MilesAcross the Miles says:

    Come on man. Exercise some patience. Cases are spiking everyday at home. Maybe the health officials are overwhelmed and theres only so much they can do. Be patient.

  3. Avatar Of Wilmoth Aberdeenwilmoth aberdeen says:

    Richard Browne, I am sure you would put your life on the line for […]Ralph , Julian and Jamaican Camillo […]

  4. I have noticed since living in SVG that often, those in government have no respect for the day-to-day time restraints of the people, (they think only their time is important and the entire country is “out of work” and therefore has nothing important to do). You often have appointments with them and they are late EVERY DAY because they are “stuck in traffic” or they cancel because “something came up”. WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LET THAT HAPPEN TO US, BECAUSE WE WOULD THEN BE LABELED IRRESPONSIBLE. Therefore we try to be there at least a half an hour early. In this case, I am surprised to see that government also shows such disrespect even or the family of higher government workers.
    I applaud this public servant’s making this public! Most people do not; which emboldens the “establishment” to become even worse.
    When I worked for Federal Government in the USA for 7 years and then 3 years for Washington State Government we were told that we represent the government and have to set the standard (example) for the people. Even working in the Private Sector in Germany, efficiency and quality were the standard. Our day is over when our work is done, (not when the clock tells us) Sometimes this meant working until 11 o’clock at night. A few times working 16 hours a day, 6 days a week (no overtime pay) for months at a time. Slavery does not have to come back, but standards need to be a part of the SOP in SVG or the country will never go anywhere. I can indicate countless examples I have seen this disrespect in SVG. It is one reason why we have so many people in government and they get so little done.

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