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Gov’t hopes to test all JVD residents for COVID-19- Governor Jaspert

- Says Gov’t will supply food & other essential throughout lockdown
The Government of the Virgin Islands hopes to test all persons on Jost van Dyke for COVID-19. Photo:
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has stated that persons on JvD will be supplied with food and other essential supplies throughout the lockdown. Photo: VINO/File
Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has stated that persons on JvD will be supplied with food and other essential supplies throughout the lockdown. Photo: VINO/File
GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- Health officials in the Virgin Islands hope to test all residents of Jost van Dyke after an individual who was on that island tested positive for coronavirus in St Vincent and the Grenadines last week.

The island has been placed on complete lockdown for 7 days, until July 28, 2020.

“Over the next seven days, the Ministry of Health and BVI Health Services Authority will be conducting further contract tracing and community testing. We hope to test every individual who lives in Jost van Dyke,” Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert disclosed in a statement today, July 21, 2020.

He said the testing of all residents on JvD is possible thanks to the test kits, lab equipment and new testing machine supplied by the UK.

“We expect to receive more test kits shortly so we can expand community testing on other islands, too. We owe huge thanks to the HSA, HEOC and other teams across Government for all their work to keep us safe and I am grateful to the Minister of Health for his leadership on this,” Mr Jaspert said.

Gov’t will supply food throughout lockdown

Meanwhile, Governor Jaspert also stated that persons on JvD will be supplied with food and other essential supplies throughout the lockdown.

“We recognise this curfew has come without notice and individuals living in Jost van Dyke may not have had a chance to stock up on supplies.

“Please be assured that you will not be left without. The Government will be providing food and other essential supplies throughout the curfew.”

Mr Jaspert said funding has already been set aside by Cabinet to do so.

“If you live in Jost van Dyke and need extra support, please follow the local advice, including from your District Officer,” Governor Jaspert stated.

15 Responses to “Gov’t hopes to test all JVD residents for COVID-19- Governor Jaspert”

  • Relieved (21/07/2020, 13:06) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    What a relief to hear this from his Excellency; he thinks carefully before he speaks and is accurate in what he tells us. Thank goodness for the supplies and equipment we have received from the UK; and it sounds like we are getting some more. Obviously it is a benefit to be able to participate in Covid supplies orders made by a big country like the UK. It means little BVI gets to benefit from the UK’s economies of scale, logistics and quality control.
    • motiv8 (21/07/2020, 13:17) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      "What a relief to hear this from his Excellency; he thinks carefully before he speaks and is accurate in what he tells us".
      Claude would say he stealing the premier's limelight though
  • .... (21/07/2020, 14:30) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
    That test is not pleasant, isn’t there an easier way...?
    • just wrong (21/07/2020, 16:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Huh ?? Test is a piece of cake. I've done it. No problem. Especially compared to being in the Hospital with the virus.
      • Local (21/07/2020, 18:25) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        You to lie but a piece of cake. Painful as hell six inch qtip down your nose until it touch can never be a piece of cake.
    • @...., (21/07/2020, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      I have had the test a total of three different times and places.. It takes less than 1 minute and each time,the discomfort was minimal. Couldn't get easier.
  • It start (21/07/2020, 16:11) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ish start now. It was all a matter of timing. Had that police act been passed, did they plan to use it to enforce a police state to carry out their mandatory testing of everyone? Is JVD being used as the scapegoat to implement this agenda? Was the plan to make the legislators tired by passing all kinda acts under the sun so that by the time they got to the police act, they would overlook the unconstitutional clauses? Never have so much legislation been passed and never in this day and age did I expect to see such a ridiculous piece of legislation. Is it absolutely necessary to shut down the island of JVD instead of restricting or banning inter Island travel while continuing to practice social distancing? Shouldn't the premier also be in quarantine by virtue of being on the island since shutting down was necessary, whether or not one had contact with the alleged person of interest? Why they now hoping for more tests to conduct mandatory testing on everyone else on the other islands? Is this to justify their scare tactics? Are those tests accurate? Have thowe tests not been proving to return false positives and a rate of about 20% accuracy only? Who is testing the tests? If it don't make sense, it maybe really don't make sense.
  • @It starts (21/07/2020, 16:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Glad you see what’s going on, I’m healthy and ain’t doing no test, who vex, vex
    • Hmm (21/07/2020, 17:10) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      And people like you is the problem. You do know that based on Cayman we can now see that there is a pattern of asymptomatic ppl in the Caribbean. So whilst you may feel healthy be rest assurred you can still test positive. To me refusing the covid test at this point is like ignorantly refusing to take an HIV test. But to each their own. No test simply will mean longer lock down for you and your family.
      • @hmm (21/07/2020, 18:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        How is the testing working out... Are the results scientifically now proven to be more than 30% accurate. Is social distancing not working out.

      • Hmm Hmm (21/07/2020, 18:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes hmm, perhaps they are trying to find out why a group of people are unexpectedly turning out to be asymptomatic. Somehow I do not think that was part of the plan. Test away buddy, so they can figure out how to overcome your asymptomatic-ness. Bill Gates waiting on that before he release the deadly vaccines. Just like the HIV "vaccines" that were taken to Africa.
        • Hmm (21/07/2020, 20:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Now I never recommended anyone be vaccinated. I am surely not pro vaccine, however, I do advocate for persons being tested to know their status. My reasoning for this is because while you may be asymptomatic you can still potentially spread the virus to a member of the high risk class group resulting in severe illness or death. However, carry on as you wish.. Just keep the ignorance in JVD and away from me and my loved ones.
  • Big Slick Willie (21/07/2020, 17:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damn. Be ready Tortola.
  • BuilderBob (22/07/2020, 04:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This will be interesting. A relatively small sample, but the skeleton in the closet is that BVI is COVID free because it has not bothered to test more than a fraction of folk.

    Even the poor lady who died was turned away from testing multiple times, and who can say that this was not partly due to the desire to publicise the low infection rate.
  • De Man (22/07/2020, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    liar liar jaspeth pants on fire.

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