BVI Reports Two COVID-19 Recoveries | Island Sun

BVI Reports Two COVID-19 Recoveries


Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone has
announced that two of the three persons in the British Virgin Islands who tested positive for
COVID-19 have recovered.
Honourable Malone said the Territory now has one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 which
is currently being re-tested. He said there is still no sign of local person-to-person
transmission while health surveillance teams continue to conduct screening and monitoring in
order to detect any active cases of the COVID-19 virus in the Territory.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development determines recovered cases in accordance
with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) guidance. The CARPHA guidance outlines
that a re-test is carried out 15 to 20 days after a patient is diagnosed as positive.
If the results of the first re-test are negative, a second re-rest is undertaken 24 hours later.
Once both re-test results are negative, a patient is then discharged and considered recovered
from COVID-19. However, if the results of the first re-test of a positive patient remains
positive, the patient is re-tested every seven days until the results are negative and then re-
tested 24 hours after the first negative result to be considered recovered and discharged. 
Persons who are experiencing a fever with cough or difficulty breathing are encouraged to
contact the Health Hotline at 852-7650 for medical assessment and guidance. There is no
known vaccine and no specific antiviral treatment against the virus. Therefore, prevention is
critical to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. 
Persons should practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce the risk of respiratory
viruses by frequent hand-washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, avoiding contact with visibly
sick people, staying home when feeling ill and practicing social distancing.