In a joint statement by Governor Augustus Jaspert and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone, it was stated that there is a likelihood of further transmission of COVID-19 in the Territory, and frontline workers have a heightened risk of exposure.
“Therefore, periodic testing of staff across health, police, and other frontline agencies is ongoing, and all measures are being implemented to reduce the exposure risk,” Hon Malone said.
It was also noted that further contact tracing is underway.
According to the statement, as a result of contact tracing, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force are being screened for the virus that causes COVID-19, and a small number of officers have tested positive.
“These officers have been removed from service and will remain in isolation until fully recovered. All members of their households and other close contacts, including other police officers, are being quarantined and tested. Out of an abundance of caution, all remaining police officers are being given priority for COVID-19 testing.”
In order to minimise risk, the East End/Long Look and the Road Town Stations will be temporarily closed for deep cleaning and disinfection; however, other police resources have been put in place to ensure adequate coverage to protect those communities, enforce the curfew and maintain general law and order.
“To reduce the risk of transmission, members of the public who wish to access health or police services are asked to avoid going to these facilities in person unless there is an emergency. For all emergencies, dial 911. The 24-hour non-emergency number to contact the police is 311. As far as possible, persons must always call ahead before visiting any healthcare facility.”
Persons who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches or difficulty breathing are encouraged to contact the Medical Hotline at 852-7650 to schedule an appointment for testing rather than present at the hospital or any other facility.
I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.