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COVID-19 Update: 27 Active Cases; Ongoing Investigations

The following is an update since the press release of August 21st. An additional eight cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. They are as follows:

Five from a cluster involving a hair salon – they are two full vaccinated adult females, one unvaccinated female and two unvaccinated children less than five years of age. Three of them, including one of the children, are considered recovered at this time

An unvaccinated adult female contact of one of the bank employees

One unvaccinated female with no history of travel – to date, the source of the infection has not been identified.

One unvaccinated minor returning resident who tested positive upon arrival
All persons are under isolation and contact tracing and investigations are ongoing including into the sources of recent cases.

Furthermore, eight persons have recovered and the adult male visitor who tested positive upon arrival on August 16th was repatriated to the United States yesterday via private transfer.

The total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020 is 174 with 27 active cases on island at this time.

Additionally, the fully vaccinated adult female with an underlying risk condition for severe COVID-19 who was hospitalized on Friday night was discharged on Saturday.

All persons are under isolation and contact tracing and investigations are ongoing including into the sources of recent cases.

The prevention of local transmission of COVID-19 in Anguilla is the priority of the Ministry of Health.

Therefore, early identification, isolation and treatment are the foundations of preventing widespread transmission of the virus:

It is therefore critical that persons who have been placed under quarantine or isolation remain separated from other individuals at all times until they are cleared to resume normal activities by the Quarantine Authority. Additionally, in most instances it will be necessary for individuals to undergo a second test before they are cleared. The Ministry of Health asks that persons appreciate the importance of the testing protocols, and follow the instructions of the members of the health team. This is critical to breaking transmission of the virus.

MSD MISSION: “To be the lead agency in the development of social services, including health services, educational services, sports and recreation, environmental health protection, youth and cultural development, correctional services and family and community services, through the provision of policy and strategic direction to improve the quality of life for all persons residing in Anguilla”.

It is also of paramount importance for any persons experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 such as flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, loss of taste or smell… to isolate immediately and call the Ministry’s hotlines 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. Out of an abundance of caution,copersons experiencing these symptoms should not report to work until cleared to do so by the Ministry of Health.

Any persons who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should also call the Ministry’s hotlines 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND.

Further to the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces, persons in intergenerational households and households with unvaccinated persons should consider mask-wearing inside the homes in addition to hygienic precautions.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public to continue practicing hygienic measures to protect against COVID-19. These include Frequent Handwashing – if water is unavailable utilize an alcohol-based hand rub.

Covering coughs or sneezes with a disposable tissue or in the crook of a flexed elbow.
Avoiding contact with persons who are ill with symptoms of acute respiratory infections such as fever or cough.

Regularly cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched or handled.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the Ministry’s hotlines at 476-7627, that is 476 SOAP or 584-4263, that is 584-HAND. The Ministry of Health will continue to provide timely updates through our media partners, our official Facebook page or at www.beatcovid19.ai.

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