While addressing the Territory in a live broadcast on August 24, 2020, to announce five new COVID-19 cases, he said in the case of Tortola, the communities that have been identified are Sea Cows Bay and East End/Long Look.
“I encourage the residents of these areas to pay close attention to the details of these testing arrangements as they are announced via local media,” he remarked.
He also mentioned that Cabinet gave the green light, in principle, to lease premises that can be used as a testing ground and alternative police custody facilities outside of the current police premises.
Minister Malone said this is necessary due to the increase testing demand associated with the contacts of the additional cases he announced.
“The Government of the Virgin Islands continues to take a comprehensive approach in our efforts to protect public health by investing millions of dollars and the best available expertise across various disciplines. As the situation evolves, we must be prepared to change course quickly based on scientific evidence,” he remarked.
He continued: “Governments and health professionals cannot do this alone. It is also important to have active participation by every member of society. Among my worst fears has been the suspicion that certain persons in our community would favour greed over health and safety. This is the condition we have found ourselves in. As a community, we must rally together to protect each other against this threat by requiring more of ourselves and our fellow residents. We can get through this together only if you do your part.”
Hon Malone reminded persons that the most effective tools against the spread of COVID-19 are the simplest ones, such as cough etiquette and personal hygiene, physical distancing, frequent handwashing and sanitisation of surfaces, wearing of face masks and face shields.
“Know the symptoms of the disease and seek help by dialling 852-7650 if you experience any of the symptoms; fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, or difficulty breathing,” he added.
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