BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - GRENADA recorded 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday (De. 27), and half of them have been linked to the initial cluster of cases that were diagnosed.
The Ministry of Health announced that six of the cases are individuals who arrived on the island last week and went directly into quarantine and tested positive on day four.
The remainder were locals who are connected to the previously reported cluster of 26. That number was connected to a tourist who checked-in to a hotel and spread the virus to a staff who later spread it in a cluster.
In its statement, Grenada health officials noted that all the positive cases are in quarantine and are asymptomatic or exhibiting very mild symptoms.
“As challenging as the last two weeks have been, health officials are encouraged that the number of positive cases has not spiraled out of control in a manner that overwhelms the health care system.
“In fact, as new positive individuals are added to the case count, a number of other individuals are being medically cleared, thus resulting in a decreasing active case count,” the Ministry explained in a statement.
The initial cluster saw the Government testing over 1,000 persons to minimise the impact and spread of the virus on the island.
Health officials disclosed that there are 46 active cases of COVID-19 on the island and a large number of them were connected to the initial cluster.
“Understanding the demands of the holiday season with the influx of travellers, as well as the local epidemiological situation, laboratory technicians worked through the Christmas holidays to test hundreds of exposed or potentially exposed locals and travellers who came into Grenada for the holiday season and needed to clear quarantine.
“In addition to those, hundreds of other individuals also had to be retested to ascertain their true status, or to be medically cleared after their incubation period.
“It has been and continues to be a challenge, but the laboratory technicians and the team at the Health Desk continue to work assiduously to prove themselves equal to the task, testing and working to deliver results in as timely a manner as possible,” the statement added.
Grenada is one of a number of territories that has seen an uptick in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
In St. Kitts and Nevis, there are currently five active cases after the Ministry of Health on Boxing Day confirmed two additional cases - one is a US Citizen and the other a returning national.