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QUARANTINE UPDATE IN ST. MARY

The Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the National Emergency Operation Centre at the ODPEM has reviewed the situation in St. Mary this morning.  In consultation with the Local Health Authority, North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), the quarantining of areas in the parish of St. Mary comprising Dover, Enfield and Annotto Bay (the Communities) (as specifically identified below) for 14 days will take effect from Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. to Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. The following are the key points to note:

There are a total of 13 persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the communities and our investigations show that there is considerable movement of the affected persons which has increased the risk of exposure to all persons in the communities.

Exposed persons in the communities may develop infection and cause spread to other members in the communities resulting in a rapid increase in the numbers of positive cases.  This is due to the high movement of persons within the affected households within the communities; the high population density of two of the communities identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the communities to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.

The quarantine of the communities is to restrict movement of members of the communities to slow or prevent new exposures and hence new infections by:

  • Further testing of members of the communities;

  • Close monitoring of members of the communities for development of symptoms;

  • Early containment of newly detected cases;

  • Prevention of new exposures and transmission of disease; and

  • Education of members of the communities of Infection Prevention and Control measures.

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