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.