Dominican government extends curfew

The Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit in Dominica - Mrs Mignon Rolle-Shillingford, while during a press conference, provided an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in the country and stated that the asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus either through Rapid Antigen test and RT-PCR test would be isolated. 

Dominica: The Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit in Dominica – Mrs Mignon Rolle-Shillingford, while during a press conference, provided an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in the country and stated that the asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus either through Rapid Antigen test and RT-PCR test would be isolated. 

She noted that the curfew would be extended, and the details on this would be provided by Prime Minister – Roosevelt Skerrit. 

The person will be considered fully vaccinated if they have received the required jabs of the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pzifer Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before their COVID-19 testing. 

She further has asked the citizens to bring their vaccination cards while testing as proof of the vaccination. A red wrist band would be given to those who are asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and tested positive for the novel coronavirus and would be quarantined. 

If the citizens are unvaccinated, asymptomatic, and tested positive, they would be first taken to a COVID-19 government isolation unit, and on the 5th-day test would be conducted. While if there are no symptoms and the individual tested negative, they would be allowed to go home but have to undergo five-day home isolation. 

She noted that while the citizens have isolated themselves at their homes, they must follow the COVID-19 health protocols such as – wearing masks, maintaining social distance and sanitizing frequently. 

The isolated individuals must check their temperature daily and inform the healthcare team. The isolated citizens must do not go out of their homes and do not remove the wristband.

She noted that the duration of Home quarantine remains for ten days. She then requested the citizens to avoid intake of alcohol and must have a balanced diet to increase their immunity. 

She noted, “If you see anybody wearing a red wristband and roaming and breaking the protocol, in that case, you must inform the police officials at 266 5161.” 

If the citizens have any symptoms, they must get themselves tested and inform the healthcare workers by contacting the hotline numbers, the Coordinator of the Health Promotion Unit added. 

She further has urged the primary contacts of any COVID-19 patient to isolate themselves. 

With this, she informed about the new testing sites:-

  • La Plaine at 10 am.
  • Delices at 2 pm
  • Castle Bruce at 10 am
  • Grand Bay Health Center at 2 pm
  • Windsor park stadium Dominica 9 am – 3 pm. 

With this, she has also urged the citizens to take their jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to beat the deadly mutant.