The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is today announcing another three cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Montserrat.
As confirmed by the Caribbean Reference Laboratory, CARPHA, five of the eight samples dispatched on Wednesday March 25, tested negative, and three positive. This brings the total laboratory confirmed cases to five.
The patients are all in isolation and are being monitored. As with all confirmed cases, contact tracing is ongoing to identify, isolate and treat any other cases of COVID-19. Members of the households of these individuals have also been quarantined by the health officials to minimize any further spread.
At this time, it is imperative that residents of Montserrat heed the protocols for decreasing risk. The guidelines set by Government of Montserrat for social distancing must be strictly followed. We must all act in accordance with the rules of the curfew which are from 7pm to 5am. Visits to public places in the daytime should be restricted to extreme circumstances.
We must practice good hygiene when coughing and sneezing and frequent hand washing. These infection control measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVId-19 on island and to protect the most vulnerable around us.
In addition to this any residents experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 are urged to contact the St. Peter’s Clinic at 491-5436 or 496-9724 for medical attention. The symptoms most commonly include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing.
Together we can contain the spread of COVID-19 in Montserrat.