Dominica confirms second case of Covid-19

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment advises the public that the Commonwealth of Dominica has confirmed its second case of COVID-19 today, March 23, 2020.

The patient is a fifty-one (51) year old male Dominican citizen who recently returned to Dominica from the United Kingdom.

This individual, as per protocol, was placed under home quarantine from the time of arrival to Dominica and has been under surveillance by a medical team.

The individual is currently admitted and is receiving treatment in a special isolated unit and will remain there until recovery.

As per established Public Health Practices, the Ministry of Health has initiated aggressive contact tracing to identify every individual who may have come into close contact with said patient.

All individuals identified during contact tracing will be tested and placed under quarantine.

Our main focus as a Ministry is to ensure containment and prevent in-country transmission. We are reassuring the public that all necessary actions are being undertaken.

The Ministry urges the general public to continue to follow proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. We strongly encourage persons to maintain social distancing and quarantine as advised.

The public is further advised to inform health officials in their districts of anyone not adhering to quarantine measures. Health Officials can be contacted at 448-2151, 448-2156, 448-2153 and Toll-free 1-800-219 or 611-4325.

The Ministry of Health is committed to continuing to provide all necessary information as the situation unfolds, to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, on measures to be taken to ensure the health and safety of all Dominicans.

Saint Lucia today confirmed its third case of the coronavirus while three new positive cases announced in Haiti today increased the number of cases in that country to five.

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16 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 25, 2020

    wallace hussey ; I remember reading where you  said something about Dods, not living in Dominica, and try to make me appear to be a liar when I said many States has in general shut down school, and now adding Universities and Colleges are shut.

    You perhaps remember I said whereas one individual is confirmed with the virus in Dominica, that is an indication there could be at least fifteen (15) or more people infected!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque, do not have the time to make things up or lie; okay!

    Take it from me right this day, whereas fifteen cases of infected people are documented, say I told you there are at this moment more than a hundred people on the island infected.

    That wold mean of the fifteen people each one of them has already infected no less than seven (7) other people, and that is how the virus spreads rapidly.

    In mathematical terms exponentially!

     Before you point me out as some liar, take a look at self!

  2. Bacarat
    March 24, 2020

    You confirm 2 cases? Well the true figure is around 20 then. Good luck to all you and your clever PM who refused to close Dominica’s points of entry earlier.

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  3. boto
    March 24, 2020

    Skerrit…What you waiting for? Close the Country or have blood on your hands!

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  4. Clemon George
    March 24, 2020

    The PM said that he would not identify anyone by name or geographic location as protecting the individual’s privacy and confidentiality of his medical history is paramount. As such, this abstract is confusing, “The public is further advised to inform health officials in their districts of anyone not adhering to quarantine measures.”
    Are people’s names been nailed to bill-boards? Are you encouraging violence, lynching? We are all aware of the nuances of the language, especially among some elements of the community. Please remember that the infected are still human beings.
    Clemon George, PhD, Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology, UWI, Cave Hil

  5. I want to know
    March 24, 2020

    You sure there is not a third and fourth confirmed cases but they don’t want to tell us now?

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  6. Ras B
    March 24, 2020

    Every other country gives dates of when the infected person landed but not Dominica.
    Last week LIAT came out with one of the most idiotic statements published by any responsible body.
    On two occasions the Government of Dominica makes an announcement about their imported disease and fails to reveal critically useful information. One wonders whether by keeping the population in ignorance is the preferred modality of operation by this government.

    “This individual, as per protocol, was placed under home quarantine FROM THE TIME OF ARRIVAL TO DOMINICA and has been under surveillance by a medical team”. See the contradiction: the Ministry of Health has INITIATED AGGRESSIVE CONTACT TRACING TO IDENTIFY ANY INDIVIDUAL who may have come into close contact with said patient. If he was placed under Quarantine from the time of arrival, why are we doing contact tracing in D/ca. Alerting the airline would be the MORE sensible option. Are we hiding the truth? Are we again failing Dominica?

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  7. H
    March 24, 2020

    It should be mandatory isolation at the quarantine centres. Why should we trust a random human with others’ lives? I don’t know him, you don’t know him. The first case was being very irresponsible, and look at the crap that is going to happen. Everyone is now fearful, and now stressed. Stress leads to lowered immune systems. And you think the others can be trusted? Heck, can you trust me? I am vex at this situation. Ports should have been closed long time! Sigh. Are we not even learning from the very first situation?

  8. March 24, 2020

    Wait you said the first was a person from London. Now you say there is a second. Where did one come from and where is this person? Set the record straight.

  9. March 24, 2020

    Close the airport, and stop people coming in from Martinique and Guadeloupe through the back door. Declare a state of emergency. The government should stop pussy footing, ban individuals coming from seriously affected areas like the UK. Just for clarification, did this individual get the virus in Dominica? If he was quarantined on arrival, that means he brought the virus. SHUT THE COUNTRY DOWN.

  10. Nathaniel Peltier
    March 24, 2020

    This is the same article as the first case. Anyways first or second.
    Would be interesting to know what home quarantine means cause it is alleged that is person was all over the island. This home quarantine thing make no sense if not strickely in implemented.
    How can you inform health officials if no one knows names of who is in quaratine?

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  11. Ben10
    March 23, 2020

    Why contact tracing if this person was under home quarentine with surveillance… Something sounds fishy here…. We need the full updates and info about these individuals… Its only with this other persons who may have contacted a contact of this patient may take hid and precautionary measures

  12. Shaka zulu
    March 23, 2020

    If you could not oversee home quarantine of one individual how do you plan on enforcement of quarantine of others. All suspected folks coming from foreign should be held in a location for 14 days before being released to public. That area should be equiped with a few security personnel on rotation and some medical staff likewise. International organizations set minimum standards and its up to our country to go a step further because the potential effect on our country may be detrimental due to our deplorable economic state. A country who’s economic philosophy is begging and selling passport and for years have depended on others to build every infrastructure is not expected to be able handle any major crisis. Like the US we have a JA incharge. Unlike the US we don’t have state government who can act. Skerrit still waiting for the devine message lime he got during maria.

  13. derp
    March 23, 2020

    when they say “placed under home quarantine from the time of arrival to Dominica and has been under surveillance by a medical team.” That doesn’t mean JACK cause I know for a fact people from COVID-19 areas come back and they up and about mingling

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  14. Bwa-Banday
    March 23, 2020

    Uhhhhhhh 8) , same age range, same male, same country of origin, was placed under same home quarantine upon entry……..oh wow wow! I am I to assume that this case was already known and the good Doc Marking Tyres actually referenced that person instead of the one it is rumored was on the east coast?

    Well, regardless now we have two patients and our ports of entry are still opened and Dca is also still opened for business as usual so who cares. Certainly not the so called PM or his ministers. Life is good in Dca because according to the PM the good lord will protect us. Dca not a real country anyway! Chou Nou Toute Paytay!

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  15. Di Englander
    March 23, 2020

    Dear Government of Dominica,
    Please close close all Air and Sea ports. You may even have to pay local fishermen to assist Dominica’s Coast Guard to patrol the waters of Dominica (Back door culprits in mind).

  16. The dead don't talk
    March 23, 2020

    Numbers 32; 23 “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
    No doubt the lies of our authorities have found them out. But they still lying to us and is only because they know the dead don’t talk they keep lying to us

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