‘The battle is not over’ Roberts reminds Dominicans as Grand Fond lockdown ends

Greta Roberts

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.

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19 Comments

  1. Negre Bord La Mer
    July 30, 2021

    GOOD MORNING
    Can someone outline the course of events.
    Sounds like their test at the airport was positive. Is that correct.
    If so, why were they sent home.

    The policy of allowing vaccinated people to go straight into the community when we know that vaccinated people are catching and spreading the virus will cost us lives and quite a bit of cost to treat additional covid patients AND lead to lockdowns in the near future. The policy needs to be reviewed immediately.

    And this is life and death….. no political favours in this fight.

  2. The Beast
    July 29, 2021

    “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.”
    ” 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.”
    On the surface these two statements are contradictory. Why would they want to attempt to force people to be vaccinated, when this case proves the massive untruths and unscientific realities concerning this vaccination protocol. There are so many schemes and scams going on right now, it is downright unfathomable. Remember the book of Revelations and the mark of the beast? It is here now!

  3. Bwa-Banday
    July 29, 2021

    Folks instead of Greta coming here on her forced PR stunt why don’t she instead just say it loud and clear? “I am sorry!”. This goes a lonnnnnng way in displaying humility and humanity towards those whom you allegedly caused unnecessary grief. Crops went to waste, abandoned animals died in the field, doctors visits were cancelled, urgent travel has to be cancelled, vacations put on hold and people now fighting with airlines for refunds etc etc. Should I say more? I am furious that this lady has the audicity to come here playing niceee while refusing to apologize or clear the air on what she allegedly caused.

    Are we ever going to hold politicians to account? Play yourself Greta, play yourself! But, tanto tanto, shak-cochon-nee-samdi-yoe. Grand Fond shall never forget! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  4. Bg
    July 29, 2021

    All you not easy with those lying tongues. Who did she asked favors for? Stop destroying the lady’s character for political gain. Only foolish people repeat things continously without getting the facts. You guys need to shut the hell up not Gretta. Covid spreads all over the world. Thanks for making Gretta stronger than before because your negative comments in the face of crisis will keep lifting her up.

  5. Trish
    July 29, 2021

    Look at her, she is laughing at all you for being so gullible.

  6. Viewsexpressed
    July 29, 2021

    For the most part, Dominica has demonstrated that we can keep things moving through tough times and that we can bounce back over time. What it has failed to do is to show that it can proactively endure change- Dominica must do better, considering that change is the only constant in life.
    Dominica needs people in leadership positions who can help our government adapt and innovate; govern ministries that are efficient and effective- ministers who are more agile and resilient in their roles. The fact remains, most in these roles today fail to understand the fundamental factors navigating uncertainty and ambiguity, and so to date, I’ve yet to see an action plan to future proof their ministries and our country. #Plasticity Lacking It would be nice to see a Government Performance and Results Modernization Act proposed and passed in Parliament; Improving the way the ministries solve challenges together (Ex. Energy efficiency, unemployment, and job training, and significantly increasing…

  7. Waiting For Airport
    July 29, 2021

    Young person death announcement just posted again… we gonna keep our heads buried in the sand and pretend something not going on D A? Young people just dropping like flies? What’s going on? We’re they vaccinated?

  8. ??????????????????????????????
    July 28, 2021

    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.

    So u see what is the vaccine doing? Two were confirmed positive for Covid-19 and were fully vaccinated ??????????
    Can someone explain this?
    Vaccinated persons can spread the COVID too.

    Why are people forced to vaccinate? Isn’t this your right to do or not to do?

    Have there been deaths due to COVID vaccines by strokes, blood clots, paralysis, and heart attacks as alleged?

    Can I get some answers please, someone?

    CDC and WHO and all Health authorities, we need some answers and truthful ones.

  9. Real
    July 28, 2021

    Can you guys shut up your traps and stop playing politics! Did you hear the Honourable tell anyone with your pair of ears, don’t keep people in quarantine or don’t go to their gardens? Give people credit when it is due. She ensured that everything was running smoothly to stop the spread of the virus in the community. She never had one day rest. At the end the health team did a wonderful job. Grand Fond is back on track, the government is moving along. Covid virus can spread to any part of Dominica. Look at what is happening in the entire world. Stop blaming Hon Roberts. That’s not going to shake her. When God is for you no one can be against you. Hold your head up high Hon Roberts.

    • Bluey
      July 29, 2021

      Hon? What exactly is honourable about these people?

    • Bwa-Banday
      July 29, 2021

      @Real
      Have you ever heard about root cause analysis? Tell Skerrit and Greta until a root cause analysis investigation is completed and the report shared with the public, Greta is guilty as alleged! As the great Lofty Durand would say ; “you can take that to the bank!”

    • spider
      July 30, 2021

      @real…. are u doin her house chores for her including washing her plate?

  10. Bwa-Banday
    July 28, 2021

    Somebody please tell Greata to shut the hell up!
    Skerrit made her come back here with nice words to rebuild her now daykarlayed reputation for allegedly doing baddd favors to friends. She just need to shut the hell up. You allegedly caused the lock-down now you coming here bagayaying?

    Shame on u!

  11. zenfant ma golney epi karlitt
    July 28, 2021

    go away with your propaganda political stunt….u prevented the villagers from goin to their garden to check on their crops and animals…having police stationed at rosalie and now u want to sympathise….go away…you are like the Pied Piper of Hamlim…

    • VereTere
      July 29, 2021

      Who voted for her? Only dead people, or some of you as well.

      • 100% FAX
        July 31, 2021

        Wait for us to vote Linton nuh. Go get all u sh#$ organised. We love Gretta! Toufay!

    • 100% FAX
      July 31, 2021

      All you two faced mosquitoes that need to go farrrrr away and stay away! If the borders were left open it would not have water to wash Ms. Gretta. Damned if she does Damned if she don’t. Well she did that. Grand Fond up n about but all u still bougonehing.

  12. If we knew better
    July 28, 2021

    Not her people dem that cause all that maylay. If i was her i wouldnt even open my mouth. Put the entire country at risk with all you pull string.

    • 100% FAX
      July 31, 2021

      What pull string? What ppl dem? Covid will come right on your doorstep “eventually”. The measures were very effective and Grand Fond bounced back quickly. Before all you knew someone was from Grand Fond all you had done start to act like is leprosy they had. Can’t please Dumbinicans like all you scandal lovers!

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