COVID-19 worries in Grenada as T&T nationals test positive
The Ministry of Health in Grenada believes the three Trinidad and Tobago nationals who tested positive for COVID-19, contracted the virus in Grenada from an unknown point of contact.
Grenada currently does not have any recorded active COVID-19 cases, with its number of confirmed cases to date standing at 23.
The Ministry warned citizens that there is a high and immediate probability of an active spread of COVID-19 in Grenada and persons must remain vigilant.
Three Trinidadians were tested for COVID-19 at the port of entry in Trinidad and Tobago after leaving Grenada on the return leg of a Caribbean Airlines repatriation flight on July 16.
Their positive tests were reported on Friday morning by the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago.
The T&T nationals had been residing in Grenada during the last four months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry of Health in Grenada noted that people can test positive long after they are no longer contagious, therefore these individuals might have been infected some time ago.
However, both the Ministry of Health in Grenada and the Ministry of Health in T&T are treating these cases as active, until further testing.
A further update is expected on July 20 when the three Trinidadians are scheduled to be retested in Trinidad.
The implications of this new development are now clearly disturbing for Grenada.
While there have been no known cases of the virus in the last four weeks in Grenada, and all contact tracing was conducted on previously tested positive cases, the Ministry said it is now apparent the virus has been in circulation without detection.
Grenada's Ministry of Health says it is likely that individuals in communities might have been asymptomatic and they therefore did not get tested or individuals exhibited symptoms but did not respond to the Ministry’s repeated call for testing.
Grenada is once again urging its citizens to observe all COVID-19 safety requirements.
The country's Health Ministry said a contact tracing team has been assembled and is already engaged for this present development.
The team will be combing neighbourhoods to source out any and all contacts of the three T&T nationals.