Police to monitor COVID-19 patients as some breaking quarantine
COVID-19 positive patients home under quarantine are reportedly violating their isolation orders.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said police will be monitoring these patients based on the listing providing by the Ministry of Health.
Griffith said there have been reports of COVID-19 positive patients leaving their homes and going out to supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, gas stations, and restaurants.
He said some patients have also been entertaining family and friends at their homes, although they were advised to stay in isolation.
Griffith advised that the TTPS, through the 85 Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) vehicles and other patrols in all nine Divisions, will be monitoring patients who have been placed in home quarantine, especially those who have been tested positive for COVID-19.
He warned those breaking quarantine that this is an offence under the Quarantine Act and carries a fine of $6,000 or six months in prison.
He noted that several people have already been charged with breaching the Quarantine Act.
He has directed his officers to visit the homes of these individuals.
Patients will come out with their masks on, identify themselves, then return indoors. The officers will not be entering patients’ homes.
Griffith stressed that the initiative is meant to curtail community spread.
He noted more than 2,100 COVID-19 positive patients are in-home quarantine - not including those who are in quarantine awaiting results, having been a primary or secondary contact.
Griffith said similar patrols, which are being carried out in major countries, including North America and Europe, have proven to be an effective deterrent in keeping persons in quarantine.