Minister in the Dominica cabinet and parliamentary representative for the Grand Fond/Riviere Cyrique constituency, Greta Roberts, has warned Dominicans that although Dominica “survived” the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in the village of Grand Fond, the battle is not over.
Roberts issued that warning while announcing, earlier this week, the lifting of lockdown measures which the Ministry of Health had put in place to deal with the situation in Grand Fond.
On Sunday July 18, Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre revealed to the nation that 12 new Covid-19 cases had been reported among Grand Fond residents- all stemming from six travelers who came from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on July 6. He also announced that, as a result, an immediate seven-day lockdown had been placed on the community.
According to reports from the Ministry of Health, on the day of their arrival, two of the six-member family unit who were confirmed positive for Covid-19, were fully vaccinated and the four minors who had accompanied them were unvaccinated.
The Ministry further revealed that seven individuals had either resided in their homes or visited with frequency. They were all tested and three were confirmed positive. Two of their primary contacts additionally tested positive.
Efforts by the Ministry of Health to bring the COVID-19 cluster situation in Grand Fond under control, included PCR and antigen testing for COVID-affected individuals and their primary and secondary contacts.
Swabbing and testing of primary and secondary contacts as well as random testing of residents of the community were conducted and all other persons who were identified as primary and secondary contacts who do not reside in the community were also tested and quarantined.
The Ministry said the situation was handled swiftly and every necessary precaution was taken to contain another escalation.
Announcing the lifting of the Grand Fond lockdown in a press release, Roberts encouraged Dominicans to follow COVID-19 protocols and get vaccinated, warning that although Dominica had survived that situation, the battle is not over.
“As we resume normal activities, I wish to applaud the efforts of all those who contributed to brining about a successful outcome to this ordeal… Let us continue to abide by the protocols and encourage our friends to do the same and to get vaccinated,” the Grand Fond MP stated.
Roberts commended the Roseau and Laplaine health teams, the Ministry of Health, the police officers who, she said, made it their personal responsibility to keeping the community safe and the entire constituency of Grand Fond, as she stated have been “heroes” and a “untied force” in ensuring the safety of Grand Fond and Dominica by extension.
“To those in quarantine, I salute you, we miss you and wait patiently to welcome you back home. People of Grand Fond, God’s hand of Mercy was upon us. To him, be all the praise,” said the minister who has responsibility for ecclesiastical affairs.