On March 14th, 2020, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment was informed by the Argyle Airport Authority Administration that a passenger, who had a recent history of contact with a COVID-19 positive case, had arrived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines aboard LI771 en route to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. As per International Health Regulations requirements, the passenger has been quarantined and will remain in quarantine for the next seven (7) days.
While the passenger has not shown any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, a clinical sample has been taken for analysis. Contact tracing for all contacts of this passenger has commenced. Passengers arriving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on LI771 on March 14th, 2020, who have not yet been contacted by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, are asked to call the COVID-19 Hotline at telephone number 534-4325.
The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment urges the cooperation of the public in this matter.
CONTACT TRACING – LI737 – March 7th, 2020
On March 11th, 2020, St. Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed its first imported case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The patient was a Vincentian female who had travelled to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the United Kingdom on March 7th, 2020. The United Kingdom is currently reporting community transmission of COVID-19. The patient contacted the relevant healthcare services on March 10th, 2020, and has been in isolation since then. A clinical sample was collected and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency Laboratory for analysis. Laboratory tests confirmed the diagnosis at approximately 5:28 pm on March 10th, 2020. The patient, family members and other primary contacts have been informed of the diagnosis and possible exposure.
Steps are taken to prevent the risk of local transmission. These measures include the identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons. Relevant passengers arriving on LI771 from Barbados were traced and followed up according to World Health Organization guidelines.
To date, all contacts of the index case have shown no evidence of COVID-19.