Dominica: A new cluster of COVID-19 discovered in Grand Fond

Dominica is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. To address the situation, health authorities on Wednesday held a press conference and revealed that there are 11 active cases of COVID-19 across the country, while 34 contacts are under investigation.

Dominica is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases. To address the situation, health authorities on Wednesday held a press conference and revealed that there are 11 active cases of COVID-19 across the country, while 34 contacts are under investigation.

Seeing the cluster of 11 COVID-19 infections in Grand Fond, the Dominican government has also decided to make changes in the COVID-19 protocols under which the kids above the age of two years would have to follow the same protocols as adults.

Dr Laura Esprit, Officer in Charge – Office of Chief Medical Officer, National Epidemiologist – Dr Shalauddin Ahmed and Dr Irving McIntyre, Minister for Health, Wellness & New Health Investment, addressed the media briefing on Wednesday.

Dr Esprit informed that six travellers from the British Virgin Islands, on 6 July 2021, out of which two of them were fully vaccinated. All the travel health COVID-19 protocols were followed.

Officer in Charge stated that five out of six individuals were tested at the airport, of which two tested positive for coronavirus infection and were immediately transferred to the isolation unit, while the rest were quarantined. Later on, all of them tested positive for the contagious virus.

She noted that regular check was being kept at the positive infection cases, and as per the COVID-19 protocols, the Health Ministry of Dominica conducted contact tracing at primary & secondary contacts and also the ones who were having symptoms.

Dr Esprit noted that the Health Ministry deployed a team at the capital city Roseau for conducting COVID-19 tests and added the contact tracing started on 16 July 2021 and is still going on.

So far, around 328 people are tested for the COVID-19 infection, out of which 248 were tested with Rapid Antigen Test, out of which only one individual was tested positive, while 80 individuals were tested for RT-PCR test.

While praising and appreciating the efforts of the Dominican government in handling the COVID-19 situation, Dr Esprit stated that the Health Ministry had and is handling the COVID-19 situation very well.

Following the statement, she further has reminded the citizens to follow the COVID-19 health protocols such as – maintaining social distance, sanitizing frequently, and wearing masks, so as to defeat the ongoing contagious pandemic.

With this, she also encouraged and requested the citizens to take their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and informed them that the doses of the coronavirus vaccines are available at the health facilities across the island.

National Epidemiologist Shalauddin Ahmed briefed the people on the current cases and informed them that currently, there are 13 active COVID-19 cases while a total of 196 people recovered from the deadly virus. The island has not reported any death due to the COVID-19 infection.

He further informed that around 19,550 people have been fully vaccinated in Dominica as of 21 July, while a total of 20,784 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally, the Health Minister – Dr Irving McIntyre, informed that the Cabinet had taken the decision to make some changes in the ongoing COVID-19 protocols. The changes would come into effect from 23 July 2021.

He added that a health questionnaire should be submitted before travelling and informed that the Caribbean would receive COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this month.