There are some individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are refusing to cooperate with health officials to identify the persons they may have come into contact with.
Further, they are individuals who know they have been exposed to the virus but are choosing not to come forward because they do not want to be in quarantine.
These revelations were made by Premier and Finance Minister Hon. Andrew Fahie
as the Territory continues to experience a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Can I tell you that there are persons who have tested positive and they are refusing to cooperate with the contact tracing team? There are persons who know or suspect that they have been exposed who do not want to present themselves for testing because they do not want to have to self-isolate or quarantine?” he said on Friday evening, July 9.
Residents were told that they already saw a glimpse of how fragile the situation is.
“You will recall there were a couple of instances where persons who showed no visible sign of the virus but who were really asymptomatic attended events, and the virus was spread to persons at those events,” he said.
However, he stated that they were able to very quickly contain the spread through contact tracing, and were able to keep persons safe and to keep the economy on the path to full reopening.
“Now we have community spread, and we know that is because some persons have not been adhering to the protocols. I urge everyone to fully cooperate with the contact tracing team. I urge everyone who needs to be tested to get tested. If you do not do this you are putting other persons and their families at risk, and your families as well,” Premier Fahie
He stated that persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19 need to know so that they do not pass it on to the children, the elderly and the vulnerable in their homes and communities.
“COVID-19 is not playing around with us and we must not play around with COVID-19…we must be vigilant for symptoms and strict about staying at home to limit the spread of the infection. Your Government and other authoritative voices have been warning that COVID-19 is fluid, and despite our past successes, neither the BVI nor any other country in the world is out of the woods,” he warned.
Persons are being urged that if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, to call the medical hotline at 852-7650.