Four (4) COVID-19 samples from SVG rejected by CARPHA Lab

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Wednesday (Apr. 1) confirmed its second case of COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE), a Vincentian national traveled to SVG from the United States of America on March 25, 2020.

The female patient tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday (Apr. 1), after reporting symptoms on Saturday (Mar. 28), the female patient was maintained in isolation since that period.

As of March 31, 2020, samples for 44 persons have been sent for testing.

Samples for 4 persons were rejected by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The 4 samples were sent off as part of a batch of eleven on Monday (Mar. 30) afternoon.

According to the MOHWE, they did not satisfy the testing criteria for COVID-19.

The Ministry shedding light on the issue, stated the four (4) samples were rejected because they were drawn from patients without symptoms who therefore did not fit CARPHA’s definition of a case requiring testing for COVID-19.

The Ministry and government say they would continue to take all actions necessary to protect the health of Vincentians during the course of the coronavirus pandemic and at all times.