By TANYA SMITH-CARTWRIGHT
TWO residents of Cat Island have tested positive for COVID-19, the island’s administrator Neil Campbell confirmed Tuesday.
After presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, the two residents were sent to New Providence and tested positive on Tuesday morning, he said. They will receive treatment while in New Providence.
“Earlier we (the Cat Island Council) met with the police, Supt Munroe, we were updated and advised and after we met with health professional Nurse Elaine Stuart, we would have also sent out a public notice under my hand and seal that two COVID-19 cases were confirmed from Cat Island,” the island administrator said.
These are the first confirmed cases on Cat Island and the residents in question have no recent travel history, according to Mr Campbell. Health officials did not confirm these details up to press time.
Asked if these were two fresh cases or cases included in the COVID-19 national dashboard released on Monday, Mr Campbell said these cases were only confirmed yesterday morning.
“We don’t know the exact time they were tested, but we do know it had to be some time yesterday and early this morning,” Mr Campbell continued. “The confirmation came this morning. These are the first cases for Cat Island and we can also confirm that both residents have no recent travel history.”
He added: “They were tested in New Providence between yesterday and early this morning. . .they are living and residing in Cat Island but once they experience the symptoms and they informed the medical professionals, they dispatched someone to them and then the health protocols kick in and they spoke to New Providence. We dispatched an aircraft and they went to New Providence. To my knowledge they both have no recent travel history.”
The Tribune reached out to a member of the COVID-19 task force, who said he could not confirm the cases up to press time and directed this newspaper to the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Unit. A member of that unit also did not confirm the cases, saying that information has to come from the task force.