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Jun 5, 2020

Release Date for Repatriates Pushed Back, Contact Tracing Underway

DHS Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that the release of this group of persons has now been pushed back as contact tracing is underway.  He says that this affirms the importance of the quarantine process because the ministry can then contain a case, if and when a returning person tests positive.


On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“This is part of the mass surveillance mechanism we have set in place. Even though many things have change and haven’t been kept in the limelight because we went more than seven weeks without a case, but this is protocol that we have set in place as we had said that everybody that was coming off a cruise ship was going to go into mandatory quarantine at a facility and that we were going to test them prior to being released and that is exactly what had happened. We followed that to the point and that has allowed us to detect case number nineteen. So we were able to detain that case and the patient was isolated upon arrival so I think we have contained that case.”


Duane Moody

“I know that you said that they would be tested prior to being released after the quarantine period. So the others have been released?”


On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“No, nobody was released because what happens now…all were swabbed yesterday and those results were processed today. So the other nine people that came off the ship were swabbed yesterday and they were tested. The other nine were negative, but we will not be able to release them now because we have to do contact tracing with that case that we have identified. Based on that contact tracing reveals, we may release them anytime after we are satisfied that they are not a potential risk.”


This new development is likely to be a factor in the reopening of the airport since imported cases can slip in.  But it does make the use of masks and social distancing even more pressing.

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