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COVID-19 positive person tested negative 3 days before funeral!

-Documents reveal individual was released from Gov’t quarantine after returning a negative PCR test
It is unclear if the PCR test returned a 'false negative' as Virgin Islands health authorities have not addressed that concern. Photo: Internet Source/File
The person who tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a funeral in Sea Cows Bay on March 27, 2021, did not breach quarantine, as has been speculated, but had tested negative for coronavirus and was allowed to lawfully exit quarantine, documents shared with our newsroom have shown. Photo: Team of Reporters
The person who tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a funeral in Sea Cows Bay on March 27, 2021, did not breach quarantine, as has been speculated, but had tested negative for coronavirus and was allowed to lawfully exit quarantine, documents shared with our newsroom have shown. Photo: Team of Reporters
On March 27, 2021, the individual attended a funeral at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church, where authorities are treating the exposure as a possible super-spreader event, urging all individuals who attended to take precaution and watch out for COVID-19 symptoms. Photo: Facebook/File
On March 27, 2021, the individual attended a funeral at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church, where authorities are treating the exposure as a possible super-spreader event, urging all individuals who attended to take precaution and watch out for COVID-19 symptoms. Photo: Facebook/File
During a Facebook Q&A entitled ‘COVID-19: Ask the Experts,” broadcasted last evening, March 30, 2021, via the Government of the VI Facebook page, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges said so far, all the close contact of the individual have been issued legal documents to undergo ‘mandatory’ quarantine. Photo: VINO/File
During a Facebook Q&A entitled ‘COVID-19: Ask the Experts,” broadcasted last evening, March 30, 2021, via the Government of the VI Facebook page, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges said so far, all the close contact of the individual have been issued legal documents to undergo ‘mandatory’ quarantine. Photo: VINO/File
VINO reached out to Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) on how authorities came to know the individual had COVID-19, however, no response was received up to publication time. Photo: VINO/File
VINO reached out to Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) on how authorities came to know the individual had COVID-19, however, no response was received up to publication time. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Details of the possible COVID-19 super-spreader event are finally emerging following unanswered questions about how a COVID-19 positive individual had received permission to attend a funeral in Sea Cows Bay on March 27, 2021.

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) has seen official documents that the individual in question was reportedly issued a ‘certificate of release’ after a negative Sars-CoV-2-RT-PCR test result via a Nasopharyngeal swab where the sample was taken on March 23, 2021, and the tests result received on March 24, 2021.

Funeral a possible super spreader 

Three days later on March 27, 2021, the individual attended a funeral at the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church, where authorities are treating the exposure as a possible super-spreader event, urging all individuals who attended to take precaution and watch out for COVID-19 symptoms.

So far, information has pointed to the individual in question being a returning resident.

Current policies stipulate a COVID-19 test and travel certificate at least two days before arrival to the territory, another test on arrival to the territory, and a third test on Day 4.

Policies say that on the Day 4 test, “If positive, the traveller will be isolated and care provided as needed for a minimum of 10 days [and] If negative, the traveller will be allowed free movement within the Territory.”

It is unclear if the PCR test returned a 'false negative' as authorities have not addressed that concern.

Mandatory Quarantine issued to close contacts 

During a Facebook Q&A entitled ‘COVID-19: Ask the Experts,” broadcasted last evening, March 30, 2021, via the Government of the VI Facebook page, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges said so far all the close contacts of the individual have been issued legal documents to undergo ‘mandatory’ quarantine.

‘We are not talking about voluntary quarantine isolation like some of the other people…those folks would already be in mandatory quarantine,” he said.

After being released on the 4th day, individuals are not usually subjected to another COVID-19 test as outlined in the policy; however, their movement is monitored and persons are urged to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to local authorities. 

VINO reached out to Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) and Special Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr Ronald E. Georges, for comments; however, no response was received up to publication time.

24 Responses to “COVID-19 positive person tested negative 3 days before funeral!”

  • Harry (30/03/2021, 14:28) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    What John Public have to say now? You see who made the error? Go back to the 14 day quarantine if you do not want this to happen again. John Public made so much noise about 14 days too long, now look. Two persons who did travel screening came up positive but only one you all focusing all attention on.
  • jack (30/03/2021, 14:39) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    284 suggest it was a false negative with their piss poor journalism... as if it is impossible for someone to test negative one day and positive 3 days later... they always rushing to report news with a set of wrong information.
  • island man (30/03/2021, 14:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    reducing the quarantine period will magically make covid symptoms comply.
  • Concerned (30/03/2021, 15:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government will try to ignore the fact that is there was a false negative then how many others were unknowingly released into the community; or if this was not the case who dealt with the individual's test results or issued the release to him/her.
  • Entry documents (30/03/2021, 15:27) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Revise it some faking entry test
  • no sense (30/03/2021, 15:31) Like (55) Dislike (0) Reply
    This doesnt make any sense. The story broke on sunday morning about the funeral on saturday? So are we saying the person had been cleared 3 days earlier, felt fine, went to the funeral, felt sick, immediately decided to test on saturday evening and got results sunday morning?

    Story just doesnt check out to me
    • Thinker (30/03/2021, 19:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      No kidding! Apart from the timeline, which is way faster than the test results have been taking, if there is reason to take a test, then you are supposed to isolate until you are cleared. This sounds like a story, to me, and if it is not, why did it take so long to tell us? What I heard was that the test was positive, both times. Unless the result was produced in record time, over a weekend, when it has been the slowest, the only legitimate time a person would take a test and not isolate would be when they are taking the test to leave and return to the US, and that turned out positive. Wait! I should not have suggested that....next thing you know, that will b the story!
    • @ no sense (30/03/2021, 21:21) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      You and the rest of us noticed this glaring red flag immediately.

      Let’s see whether for once in their life they’ll come clean and not try to cover up.
  • Strupes (30/03/2021, 16:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It’s been working,
  • aw wonder (30/03/2021, 16:12) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    can imagine how much c19 has always been in the air. Had a friend, test negative before travel, negative on day 0 test, negative on day 4 test and positive for exit travel test. Most likely got while on her way here. All of us had a good time, and thanks be to God that everybody ok. Vaccine wasn't here yet. We will rise again. Lets move on.
  • The agenda (30/03/2021, 16:22) Like (24) Dislike (9) Reply
    Well sah them man could say anything and people would believe them is like they believe these man don’t tell no lies, never believed in this thing from the beginning and this is coming from an essential worker who been out here and never was on a lockdown, no mask no over washing of my hands, seeing bums walk the streets while everyone else is locked inside their homes none of this ever made sense, never got sick ntn matter of fact I ain’t been sick for 5yrs straight, black seed oil alone natural substance not aborted kids
    • GTFOH (31/03/2021, 01:02) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      Lol the bums will never get sick from Covid because nobody in their right mind getting within 6ft of their stinking scent and who will touch them.
  • set tah less thing (30/03/2021, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    the minister need to roll heads
  • bvfbfdgdtgr (30/03/2021, 18:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Well Well (30/03/2021, 18:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Simply amazing how to write a story that makes sense, nonsense too bad they banned Dr. Susess
  • I still (31/03/2021, 07:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    I still do not undrstand, so if he tested negative on day 4 how did they know 3 days later that he tested positive????
    • BuzzBvi (31/03/2021, 10:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You nailed it. On what possible basis would the person know they were positive after being released as negative. Why would they retest? This is a BS trail to cover up some important person that could not follow the rules.
    • Sam (31/03/2021, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe he got it from someone here. You know people always smuggling in. So who is the second person with it? Government release said two persons (travel screening). I am only hearing about the one person at the funeral. Something is not adding up and Government officials not saying anything.
  • JJJ (31/03/2021, 09:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    HayThere is if it had been a Hispanic who would have appeared with covi at that funeral, they were still mardicting him
  • gfhgfhgfhgf (31/03/2021, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Tortola ppl has to much time on their hands to gossip n talk sh** about other ppl . The hospital n all the government offices has a problem with confidential information . It always get leaked before the head of the department can confirm it . It’s a small place n it’s very easy to mind ya business.

  • Peaches (31/03/2021, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    BVI People watch this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo9htB_kXxA&ab_channel=WION
    PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THAT VACCINE!
  • jack (31/03/2021, 12:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There were some top government personnel at that funeral. They going to quarantine?
  • Yes (31/03/2021, 18:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about the 2 positive for travel screening are they doing a contact tracing there too?


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