Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 20, 2020 (ZIZ News):
By: Chaïra Flanders
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws is confident that all contacts who would have been within 6 feet of a recently confirmed COVID-19 patient have been identified.
Her statement was given in response to a question posed by a member of the public who expressed concerns at the July 17 NEOC briefing, about the process of contact tracing to locate all persons who interacted with a front line worker who contracted the Coronavirus while administering care to an infected patient.
The frontline healthcare worker would have provided care to the previously announced case #16.
“The frontline worker who interacted/had contact with the case had minimal contact, a very low risk contact with the case and so the Public Health team is quite confident that we would have contact traced all the contacts. They have had their initial tests, they are in quarantine awaiting their second COVID test on day 14”, Dr. Laws explained.
She assured the public that the Public Health team will “continue to be robust in its approach to contact tracing”.
The federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has had a total of 17 COVID-19 cases; 15 of which have fully recovered.