Argyle Isolation Center to be handed over tomorrow (Fri Apr. 17)

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The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on March 5th announced that it had identified a building in Argyle for the purpose of COVID-19 isolation.

Since then, renovation work took place on the building, which has the capacity to house over 20 patients.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne on Wednesday (Apr. 15) informed that the isolation center is “basically finished.

He also advised that the facility should be officially handed over by Friday (Apr. 17), after which equipment and supplies would be put in place. The center is expected to become operational soon after.

Though he did not disclose the locations, the minister also informed that one public quarantine facility is currently in use, with a second one being prepared.

According to Browne, the ministry is working out protocols for the use of rapid tests, however, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Lab in Trinidad & Tobago would still be used for diagnosis of new cases. Browne explained that the rapid tests “can be used for screening persons coming out of quarantine or in other situations.”