St. Vincent and the Grenadines Records First Case of COVID-19, Patient Expected to Make Full Recovery

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has recorded its first case of COVID-19. The case is being described as an imported case.

Minister of Health Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne announced this on Wednesday (Mar. 11) night at a press conference.

The infected person is a female, aged 30-35. According to Minister Browne, the patient is a Vincentian national who had traveled to the United Kingdom for a meeting.

She returned to SVG on Saturday March 7. The patient and her family members have been informed of the status and is cooperating with the Ministry. In fact, she voluntarily reported her symptoms to the Ministry of Health on Tuesday (Mar. 10).

The patient has been in isolation at her home under the care of competent and professionals.

“The symptoms are mild and we expect the patient to make a full recovery. Based on the patients travel history and symptoms, health professional suspected COVID-19.”

“…These suspicions were confirmed by laboratory testing at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Browne informed that the results were received Wednesday at approximately 5.20pm.

“The patient contracted COVID-19 as a result of travel. The Ministry is taking all necessary steps to prevent its local transmission in our communities. A health team has been dispatched to the home of the patient to assess the situation and to initiate public health measures, contact tracing to determine all the persons with whom the patient may have been in contact and therefore, may have been exposed to COVID-19 was initiated.”