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COVID-19: Persons were 'backsliding' during Emancipation weekend- Dr Georges

- warns of deaths & infections tripling with advent of Delta Variant
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges has warned Virgin Islanders against returning to the very habits that were a precursor to the last COVID-19 outbreak in the territory, peaking at some 1600 plus cases. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Dr. Ronald E. Georges called on Virgin Islanders to build on past experiences and knowledge regarding the last outbreak and not to repeat the mistakes of the past, rather, depend on vaccination and following the COVID-19 guidelines to stay safe. Photo: GIS
Dr. Ronald E. Georges called on Virgin Islanders to build on past experiences and knowledge regarding the last outbreak and not to repeat the mistakes of the past, rather, depend on vaccination and following the COVID-19 guidelines to stay safe. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges has warned Virgin Islanders against returning to the very habits that were a precursor to the last COVID-19 outbreak in the territory, peaking at some 1600 plus cases.

Dr Georges sounded the warning during a COVID-19 update on Friday, August 6, 2021, noting, “COVID is obviously not going away, this is 18 months that we've been at this thing,” he said.

“It's been a constant battle in terms of the measures and all the other things and COVID itself continues to mutate and develop new variants etcetera and we as well have to be ahead of that curve,” Dr Georges indicated.

Terming the last COVID-19 outbreak a wake-up call, Dr Georges called on Virgin Islanders to build on past experiences and knowledge regarding the last outbreak and not to repeat the mistakes of the past, rather, depend on vaccination and following the COVID-19 guidelines to stay safe.

Persons were 'backsliding' during Emancipation weekend 

He said over the emancipation weekend, he noted persons were "backsliding" and returning to mass gatherings and partying.

“We just want to again reiterate it, folks, that this is what got us where we are without Delta, with Delta it will be several times worse, so we really need to get on top of what we need to do,” Dr Georges said.

“It's imperative at this point in time for us all to take our personal responsibility. It can no longer be where we [Health Authorities] have to do everything… we really need persons to become vigilant and do what it is they need to do,” he said.

With COVID-19 infections in the territory lowering each day, Dr Georges said it is important for Virgin Islanders to recognise where they are and what must be done moving forward to protect against the virus.

31 Responses to “COVID-19: Persons were 'backsliding' during Emancipation weekend- Dr Georges”

  • strupssss (10/08/2021, 08:38) Like (50) Dislike (11) Reply
    • malone (10/08/2021, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Chase those crazy baldheads outta town
    • the rock (10/08/2021, 18:32) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      Dr George's, the government had the biggest role by allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter the bvi and roam free, we were doing the gathering with no worries!!
  • me me me (10/08/2021, 09:27) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We been warned please don't be foolish. Stay apart do the right thing
  • cycle (10/08/2021, 09:36) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    It seems that many of the eastern Caribbean islands are trapped in this virus surge, recovery, surge cycle. The only long term remedy is vaccination of 80-90% of each islands population to deprive the virus of host humans to kill.
  • Hope (10/08/2021, 10:05) Like (10) Dislike (78) Reply
    I do hope the delta variant arrives very soon on Tortola and we have massinfections and we shut down the country yet again because of Tortola have 100+ deaths so maybe people will wake up and get vaccinated and I want it to happen now , during the off season so by October/November everybody realises we are no longer in the safe bubble and need to be vaccinated. Party party party all over Tortola over the weekend,no masks no social distance not a care in the world, well bring along Delta and not the airline.
    • @ hope (10/08/2021, 12:22) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your dam fool life and death is in the power of the tongue claim life over death.vaccination is a choice you made yours let other do the same
    • @ Hope: I feel deep symparthy for your twisted mindset. However, the door of hope remain open to you. (10/08/2021, 13:17) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Do realized what you have thought, agree to, and wrote for othdr to read? Do you know the definition of the word hope? Don't even think about saying yes. You don't know.. leave this blogging thing to persons like others and me, that know what to write. You don't at this time, hopefully you will in the future.
      God loves you, dearly.
    • :( (10/08/2021, 14:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Lord Rebuke you, and I rebuke you in Jesus Name, AMEN!
      hOW can you be comfortable to bring yourself to think or much more to write these words.
      People who are vaccinated get it as well, I know it helps but to say such; take care it does not come back to bite you.
    • wow... (10/08/2021, 15:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The vitriole gets more disgusting by the day. At this point I just want to stay away from people, not because of COVID but because of people like you. Spirits like yours are why we have COVID in the first place. Evil people who think they own the Earth and know more than God. Good thing I know we all have to answer for our thoughts, words and deeds one day. All that was seen and unseen.

      The Almighty Lord sees all and he never grants a prayer said in malevolence.

      This whole COVID story makes me afraid to go to church tbh.

      This has to pass. Maybe it'll take a year or two more but COVID won't be out life forever. I'm starting to wonder about the kind of people I have communion with and wish peace to.

      Who are you? I'm going to pray the Lord reveals your heart to me should I ever encounter you in person. Clearly you worship Satan. You and the people who like your comment.

      Do you not have family? People's you love? Do you not have love for yourself? You can be in that 100, vaccinated or not. Some of those 100 could be infants or our elderly on the cusp of becoming centenarians. They could be our leaders or our teachers or our doctors and nurses or people who couldn't be vaccinated through no fault of their own.

      Why wish a terrible thing? Especially when so many are suffering already?

      The level of nastiness to say such a thing.

      You need to learn to keep some thoughts to yourself.
    • WOW (10/08/2021, 16:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just say you and Dr George’s and Malone will turn on the 5G that on the Cruise Ship sitting out there when all you ready na , Idiot talking about you want Delta to come now. Check the stats even or most of the Delta victims are the vaccinated. What you ask for others might just come for the you. I wish you well.
    • the rock (10/08/2021, 18:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      Hope you are a piece of $h***!

    • @hope (11/08/2021, 12:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      They did say mental disorders are on the rise... and from your comment I am a believer.
  • NezRez (10/08/2021, 10:07) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some people are very immature. They would rather hang out and crowd mingle rather than stay apart to be safe. When in the hell will they mature mentally? I hear some people say because they are fully vaccinated, they are safe from the virus. Will all of the health officials please AGAIN inform these idiots that is not how it works. They still have to follow the safety rules.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (10/08/2021, 10:09) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    I would want to join with Dr. Georges and stress the importance of being careful with our behavior as the territory is returning to a state of normalcy with a lower number of COVID cases. Even though I am fully vaccinated I will not throw caution in the wind and behave recklessly to endanger my health as well as others. We are in a battle with an invisible enemy and therefore we need to be vigilant.

    The recent surge of cases that resulted in many deaths of our friends and loved ones who were looking physically strong and healthy, it is not time to drop our guards and feel to ourselves that it is over and return to our usual life style. We should be on our guard to win this battle. We should encourage our families and friends who have not taken the vaccine to be vaccinated.
  • U serious dog (10/08/2021, 10:17) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where we would of Gathered in the living room or our baths with those Curfews
  • New World Order (10/08/2021, 11:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who in government has the balls to stand up an speak the truth? You can fool man but you cannot fool GOD.(The Creator of this world). It is easier to try to fool someone than to try to convince them that they have been fooled.One world government in full swing until GOD is ready.
  • Dr. Ronald E. Georges, acting Chief M.O, is right. We sometimes ignored our best intrest in exchange for pleasure. (10/08/2021, 11:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This kind of ignorance is nothing short of stupidity, that keep us in the covid-19 situation, that we now are in.
    Every time in time past that a threatining storm that had approaced the B.V I., we pretended to be more religious in action. But as soon as the storm threat abated, we quickly resumed to our normal activities.
    In reference to our current covid-19 devastating situation, such ignorance is nothing short of stupidity.
    Many people hate truth, but it is by truth we live, and by lies and ignorance many among us are challenging death daily, as if death is mythical, fictionary story.
    We need to take Dr. Ronald E. Georges, acting Chief Medical Officer warning seriously. Why? Because the covid-19 virus is a deadly killer, that preys mostly on the actions and inactions of selfish-minded people.

    God, the Almighty Creator, is Life Truth, Love, Knowledge, and Wisdom. He is our best defence against the covid-19 deadly virus.

    • Rubber Duck (10/08/2021, 16:15) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hang on, according to you god created the virus in the first place.

      So why would he want a vaccine?
  • HMMM (10/08/2021, 12:30) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Go sit down with your nonsense and negativity..
  • wow (10/08/2021, 14:33) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Georges a clown and just repeating what above he say, man ain’t doing no science but is trust the science, after this get these useless doctors outta here!
  • All I will say (10/08/2021, 14:37) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am to the point where I am only protecting myself and my family. I could care less about the hard headed, ignorant ones that is not taking heed. It is only a matter of time before the Delta Variant is going to be knocking on doors in the BVI. I had to distance myself from certain people because they refuse to be vaccinated and follow protocols. I refuse to be around anyone who refuse to wear a mask and social distance. Many call themselves getting mad because I no longer give them ride in my vehicle because of their refusal to wear a mask in my vehicle.
    • hmmm (10/08/2021, 15:52) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are actually probably saving them by staying away from them since vaccinated people may be asymptomatic super spreaders.

      Chances are you'll give it to them and not the other way around.

      • @ hmmm, God did not Created the covid-19 virus. Why speak as if He did? (10/08/2021, 17:45) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        God live people. They were created in His likenees and image. Stop spreadng lies. He ended His creation works thousands of years ago. Covid-19 originated in the year 2019. Stop talking foolishness. When you do, you exposed your ignorance to others. Be quick to listen, and slow to speak. Even a fool is thought to be wise when he keep quiet in the present of wise people. Gor it?
  • Start with the head (10/08/2021, 15:25) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at all ayo arguing over foolishness. That is the plan of the enemy, to divide and conquer.The masses have been distracted about covid , variants and vaccines. No one is speaking about where the problem started and to deal with it from the ruth. (Gain of function) Who created and disperse the virus and for what reason. The problem needs to be fixed with those who started the problem.(Wickedness in high places)The Bible spoke about it.Lets all turn to the true and only GOD. Its his fight. Lets pray away wickedness. Good Shall rain over evil.
  • Two Way Mirror (10/08/2021, 16:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Delta variant? That variant is already here as it is the makeup of the actual AZeneca vaccine (not yet FDA approved)! Really, people taking a vaccine from a man that holds the patent and has been promoting depopulation for years??!! Be my guest and be a lab rat/guinea pig; will take my chances with God's remedies already here on earth.
  • @ Two way mirror Freedom of speech is all human right, but dies the gave you the right to write your cann't-be-proven thoughts? (10/08/2021, 19:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I urge to write what yu know of, not what you thinks of and heard of without proof. When we say and or write things that we know little of wirh rhe intention of educating others, our facts should be right.
    Our medical doctors reports tell us that the delta form of the covid-19 virus is not among us at this time. Who then are in the better position to believe? Surely, not two way mirror. Why? Because Two Way Mirror can't see one way straight much less two. dearly. Don't forget to obey the life saiving protocol in place.
    God's love for us remain unchange. Wise up.
    • stt (11/08/2021, 07:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      St Thomas has the Delta and they are very far from the cases we had here. Look at how many lives we lost here. St Thomas sees an increase in a few cases a day compared to our daily hundreds when we had an outbreak. You really think I going let Richard Georges tell me we didn’t have a virus of interest. We are more vax than st Thomas. Look at the stats. If we had a variant of no interest and so many died. Then I’ll take the delta any day as st Thomas is not going through what we went through. To hell with science look with your own eyes clown
  • .... (11/08/2021, 15:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’m tired of George’s saying it’s the people’s fault.

    We had no virus and were good until they changed the protocols because they want to act as if the vaccine is the savior. Now this virus didn’t spring out of the ghut it came through no quarantine for the vaccinated.

    It’s like they give people the vaccine then send them into isolated populations with the same virus as carriers.

    We’re past that because it’s spread already but I am tired of mr George’s acting as if he is a irrational person speaking as if that the virus spontaneously manifested within the territory.
    • tHANKU (12/08/2021, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If they felt it was not the protocols why did they change it back and start rapid testing incoming vax travellers? Georges and the government think all of us are fools. people were out and about doing whatever madness and not one outbreak. As soon as the protocols change from Jun 15 all of a sudden we had cases multiplying within 2weeks. In a month we had 1600 cases hmmmm. I have had many friends tested positive by the hospital lab but negative twice at private labs and return to work! Scare people into vaxing that was the key!

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