NO NEW POSITIVES, THREE (3) MORE NEGATIVE COVID-I9 RESULTS


PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Contact: Chief Medical Officer, Chair Health Services Subcommittee

Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

NO NEW POSITIVES, THREE (3) MORE NEGATIVE COVID-I9 RESULTS


The Caribbean Public Health Agency today (April 19. 2020) reported another three (3) negative COVID-

19 results for St. Vincent and the Girenadines. One (1) of these negative tests was for an isolated patient

who had previously tested positive, and is part of the medical clearance process to determine whether the

patient has recovered. This individual must now have another negative PCR test for COVID-19, in order to

confirm recovery.


One other negative result, is the second such negative COVID-19 PCR for an ill patient in the Ministry of

Health, Wellness and the Environment's care and is part of an ongoing comprehensive investigative

management process. This patient has never tested positive for COVID-19. The third negative is for a new

import related suspected case.



There are no new COVID-19 positive cases and therefore the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases

reported in St. Vincent and the Grenadines remains at 12. One person has recovered as confirmed by two

negative COVID-19 PCR tests reported by CARPHA. The last COVID- 19 positive case for St. Vincent

and the Grenadines was recorded ten days ago on Thursday April 9, 2020.


The COVID-19 Task Force relies exclusively on the coVID-19 PCR test to diagnose active CoVID-19

infection. Rapid immunoglobulin tests will only be used to determine possible past exposure and the

presence of antibodies to COVID-19.


The COVID-19 Task Force wish to advise the public that there is no case of any individual testing positive

for COVID-19, by rapid test or PCR, who is associated with any supermarket in St. Vincent and the

Grenadines.


The COVID-19 Task Force in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, also

wish to thank the publie and all stakeholders as we cotimue to work together to slow the spread of COvID-

19 in St Vincent and the Grenadines by practising the highly etfective public health measures of hand

hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing of at least 3-6 ft in public spaces and strict adherence to

quarantine and isolation instructions.


The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will continue to keep the public informed as together,

we manage this public health challenge.

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