St Kitts: RUSVM reports “probable positive test for COVID-19”

By Erasmus Williams

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(PRESS RELEASE) – With St Kitts and Nevis into day one of a three-day shut-down, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is reporting a “probable positive test for COVID-19,” prompting speculation that that case is not among the 8 already disclosed by the Timothy Harris-led Team Unity Government and raising concerns that the authorities have been hiding other cases.

“The individual is under the care of their healthcare provider and is following stay at home recommendations according to CDC guidelines. As per CDC guidelines, we are notifying individuals they have come in-contact with. We keep their health and well-being in our thoughts,” the RUSVM statement said.

The medical school disclosed it has restricted access to its campus from Sunday, 29 March and is “sharimg this information because the individual was briefly present on campus on March 27, 2020. Prior to March 27, the individual was last on campus on March 20.”

Ross University said precautionary measures to thoroughly clean and disinfected relevants areas following CDC guidelines will be taken once the St Kitts 24-hour curfew restriction is lifted.

First ignoring calls by the Political Leader of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, The Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas and SKNLP Chairman, Dr Terrance Drew for a shutdown of the country if the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in St Kitts and Nevis is to be contained, prime minister Dr Timothy Harris who first imposed a 14-day 7 pm to 5 am curfew, took to national television close to midnight Monday to announce a March 31 to April 3 total shutdown following the quadrupling of the number of confirmed cases within two days.

On March 25, 2020 – Two (2) COVID-19 cases: A 21-year-old male and a 57-year-old female woman arrived in the Federation from New York, USA. Both arrived on March 18, 2020 and were tested on March 20

On March 29, 2020 – Five (5) COVID-19 cases: Three females – 10 months, 24 years and 36 years and two males – 29 years and 39 years,” arrived from St Maarten and Antigua during the period March 6th to 13th, 2020.

On March 30, 2020 – One (1) COVID-19 case – A 51-year-old female who arrived from the United Kingdom on March 14, 2020.

According to the St Kitts and Nevis COVID-19 Situation Report No 4 dated March 31, 2020 issued at 3 p.m.there are 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 0 deaths; 99 persons tested; 44 negative results; 47 results pending; 273 persons in quarantine at home; 8 quarantine in facility; 8 persons in isolation and 87 persons released from quarantine.

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