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Local supermarkets deny employing COVID-19 patient

Shoppers outside of RiteWay Food Markets in Pasea, Tortola, on April 2, 2020. Photo: Facebook/File
One Mart Supermarket as part of its statement denied employing the latest COVID-19 victim and said the store will continue taking preventative measures. Photo: Facebook
One Mart Supermarket as part of its statement denied employing the latest COVID-19 victim and said the store will continue taking preventative measures. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - At least two major local supermarkets in the Virgin Islands (VI) have denied employing the latest COVID-19 victim who tested positive for the virus as announced on April 16, 2020.

Road Town Wholesale (RTW), which own the popular RiteWay Food Markets chain of stores and OneMart Supermarket owned by Opposition Member and Four District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) have both released statements denying employing the COVID-19 patient. 

Rumours debunked 

According to reports, the issue stemmed out of a rumour that the victim was employed at one of the stores.

"Please note that at this time, we do not have any staff that tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus," OneMart said in a Facebook post released on April 16, 2020, noting that the store will continue taking preventative measures.

Managing Director of RTW, Guy Strickland in his release, echoed similar sentiments, "Road Town Wholesale company do not have any employees that have tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The rumours circulating are simply not true," he said.

Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) at Thursday, April 16, 2020, emergency sitting of the House of Assembly, announced that a fourth confirmed case was discovered in a woman who reported herself to authorities and was hospitalised.  

4 cases now confirmed in VI

Hon Malone said it was his understanding that the woman had shown symptoms before, but she did not report her condition to health officials “for whatever reason,” and he said that seven persons in contact with the individual were placed into quarantine. 

The Virgin Islands now has 4 confirmed cases of the virus inclusive of two recoveries and according to the Health Minister, a sample from the latest victim is being sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad for further testing.

The VI is scheduled to come out of a 24/7 lockdown from Monday, April 20, 2020, and transition into a manage curfew period as a preventative measure against the spread of the virus.  

25 Responses to “Local supermarkets deny employing COVID-19 patient ”

  • is this correct? (18/04/2020, 11:18) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply

    Apparently the lady called the hotline a few times plus went to the hospital twice. IF so, somebody somewhere is seriously responsible for not doing their job properly.... Apparently there were warning signs & this poor lady wasn't helped. Shame on you whoever didn't help her, and at least, I hope you lose your job(s).

    • what (18/04/2020, 11:35) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lets not spread rumor without the facts . However I believe the facts should come out and not spun with any kind of coverup After all we do not want to be China. If it turns out she was ignored that is big indictment of the health system during these times. God rest her soul .
    • @is this correct? (18/04/2020, 12:03) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with your comment 100%. The second time the lady went to the hospital with the same symptoms, they should have taken it more seriously instead of sending her back home. I don’t know the lady but it made me cry. She did what she was suppose to do and they failed her.
    • hey (18/04/2020, 14:15) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ is this correct:. Not just there job but they should be arrested and prosecuted
    • Filipina (18/04/2020, 14:53) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      They were rude to her at the hospital the first time. Told her go home and phone not turn up. She was in a bad state and needed help but what could she do? Someone should investigate. I don't know about the second time. It's for a doctor to decide if a person needs to be in hospital or at home, not for the reception staff to make those decisions or tell people what to do.
      • Kudos (18/04/2020, 17:54) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
        @ filipina: the government of this territory published a number to be used if you think that you are infected: JUST showing up to the hospital with COVID 19 put other patiences in the hospital at at risk: COVID 19 is an infectious disease SO call the number and someone should come to your house then the necessary steps will be taken: you need investigating because no person suddenly goes in to bad shape; when you have the symptoms you are required to call the hotline not stay in you home until your symptoms go from bad to worst then have the nerve to blog pi$$, you should arrested
        • Knowledgeable (18/04/2020, 18:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
          With an underlying health condition such as asthma, compounded by COVID 19, if the someone has an attack or difficulty breathing, then, they should go straight to the hospital. Once there, the care providers should have administered care immediately. There are signs posted at the hospital's emergency particularly for persons with breathing conditions. Therefore, this lady should have received the care due to her. Stop with the foolishness that she should have called; it doesn't apply to everyone.
          • @ (18/04/2020, 20:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            they allow the person condition to go from
            Bad to moral of the story
    • facts (18/04/2020, 14:59) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      One day i called the hospital for a pain emergency, felt like i was about to die. They asked me what are my symptoms, because its not matched with the symptoms of COVID-19 they told me i have to wait a few days and then call them back if I’ve gotten worse because cannot come to the hospital. Thank God i was able to ask a private doctor to come to my house because it was a serious situation.
  • 2020Q (18/04/2020, 11:24) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    SAD - she passed.

    But who were those 7 persons in contact with and who were those contacts in contact with and the chain goes on.

    Rude ungrateful stubborn grown BVI people and residents take note and listen. That is why some of the younger ones are the way they are. What really is wrong with lockdown. Bawling about economy. Bawling about funky green notes. What will you do when the great tribulation comes? Look at this as a training for that time.
  • I heard (18/04/2020, 11:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it true that the Lady pass on ?
    • Feel m Sad. (18/04/2020, 13:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is sad.. She must have had it really bad. We need to know if she had any other illness... One more thing no supervisor or manager at the hospital look at the notes from the emergency room to ensure that the day went well...If they did they might have picked up this patient concerns.. Or why they didnt pick this up... Lesson learn going forward...
  • ... (18/04/2020, 11:50) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    oh please stop blaming the govemrnt for everything
    • trust (18/04/2020, 12:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      People just ignorant
    • Yes (18/04/2020, 12:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      • @yes (18/04/2020, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It so contagious but none of the others caught it while living with her for more than a week
  • Hmm (18/04/2020, 12:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    @... who to blame????. They clearly not doing their job
  • Greg (18/04/2020, 12:34) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    She must be on a work permit, so where did she work. How many in her apartment live with her and where do they work? They have to be tested too. This can spread like wild fire if not taken care of immediately! Come on, we have been doing so well already. I heard she may have worked that Chinese restaurant across from the parking lot next to Western Union . You all better start cooking at home much more because we don't know who is touching our food in any restaurant. This is a wake up call to stop being lazy take care of ourselves better in every aspect. Food, hair, body massaging, shaking hands with everyone etc. I have stopped doing all of the above a while ago. Be safe as much as you can because the stores are re-opening Sunday.
  • whats new (18/04/2020, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This has been the indicment on the hospital for years, but they are in denial, no one taking matters seriously...
  • Public service worker (18/04/2020, 12:49) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    United we stand divided we fall! This isn't blame game time, if that the health care system did in fact didn't respond to this lady. Then her death is on "THEIR" hands. At this point we need to encourage each other while still being very safe and taking the precautions thats needed! Keep safe and pray for our nations and the world. People need to rethink their actions and make possible changes as needed,!!
  • Rescue We (18/04/2020, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everything that should be public is private in this place.
    Even when it comes to facts that can be lifesaving or deadly.
    Identify this person...let there be no guessing and rumors.Give us, the potentual victims of her illness an opportunity to know whether or not there was a contact or close contact. All over the world in this pandemic,people are being identified and those who recovered ,sharing their experience, This is a small place and her contacts must be bigger than her if yu have AIDS and dont reveal it to an intended contact that is a crime...Same thing with any other deadly disease.
    She must have been employed somewhere or many places so we need to l
    know in order that individually can evaluate and determine for ourselves if our paths crossed with hers or any of her other contacts. Either that or test the whole population.
  • sorry (18/04/2020, 14:28) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    I would like to know if it a fact that she called the ministry of health number that they gave and no one respond to her cry. I find that hard to believe also hard to believe that she went to the hospital. My common sense is telling me that’s not true. Right now she’s dead so we would never know and I don’t believe in social media drama. Also those people living with her why couldn’t they find help
    I’m not going to be around someone so sick and don’t call the police. Something not adding up. Forgive me if I’m wrong but I don’t think she seek help fast enough.
  • rewrsdffds (18/04/2020, 15:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    She used work at beacon accordin to another news site
  • legal team (18/04/2020, 15:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would commend VINO for being very responsible for its level of transparency and care before publishing stories such as sensitive as this.
    Rumour is not news, and rumours are food for gossippers.I heard the rumour too,and I am sure that vino may have heard it as well,in respect of where this lady worked etc.
    But as expected vino enquired before publishing any such information,and here is vino,informing us the readers and bloggers that the rumour was denied.Oh that's professional reporting.
    Many bloggers,would come blogging gossip,and thinking that vino would just publish it.
    That's why,I only read one new site and blogg on one news site.
    No rumours and gossip. just accurate facts.
    One love BVI

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