Emergency management officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in emergency shelters in the hurricane season.
“There are several measures that will remain in effect to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our emergency shelters, for the 2021 hurricane season,” acting Prime Minister Montgomery Daniel said on Tuesday.
In a speech to mark the beginning of the hurricane season, Daniel noted that 54 COVID-19 cases were detected in 14 emergency shelters in the preceding six weeks.
“And we must continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols. Therefore, I want to urge that persons in the emergency shelters must continue to wear a face mask at all times. This is to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and other viruses that might be present,” he said.
“Families will stay in confined areas within a shelter as you will have been placed. Persons are encouraged to go to the shelter within their community. There are several communities without an emergency shelter and in such a case, residents will go to the nearest approved emergency shelter.”
He urged that persons continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols, adding that this is critical amidst an increase in the number of cases over the past week.
“… we must continue to protect ourselves and families during this difficult time.”
The minister said that 3,000 people displaced by the volcanic eruption are still in emergency shelters.