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Spike in local COVID-19 cases now considered an ‘outbreak’- Dr Georges

-says VI is experiencing ‘multiple clusters of COVID-19 cases' with 155 active cases as of July 2, 2021
Dr Ronald E. Georges said BVI is currently experiencing multiple clusters of cases of COVID-19 and if not arrested, will progress to community spread. Photo: Facebook/File
With 155 active cases of COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands (VI) as of July 2, 2021, with one new death connected to the virus, acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald E. Georges said the situation can now be regarded as a COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: VINO/File
With 155 active cases of COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands (VI) as of July 2, 2021, with one new death connected to the virus, acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald E. Georges said the situation can now be regarded as a COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With 155 active cases of COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands (VI) as of July 2, 2021, with one new death connected to the virus, acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald E. Georges said the situation can now be regarded as a local COVID-19 outbreak.

In an update this afternoon, July 3, 2021, entitled COVID-19 outbreak in the Virgin Islands, Dr. Geroges said, “Given the current situation, the BVI is currently experiencing multiple clusters of cases of COVID-19 and if not arrested, will progress to community spread.”

Samples for testing in T&T

He said samples collected from the recent outbreak will be sent to CARPHA laboratories in Trinidad early next week, where genetic sequencing will be carried out to determine if any new variants are presently circulating in the Territory.

“While the Government has not made a decision to implement curfews, lockdowns, and business closures, it is imperative that members of the public take heed to the current situation, take personal responsibility, police themselves, and adhere strictly to the public health measures, good sense, and better judgment,” Dr Georges noted.

He said as a result of the recent spike in cases, aggressive contact tracing has commenced to trace the various sources of the virus.

While Health Minister Hon Malone had announced on live radio that the cases as of Friday, July 2, 2021, were 150, Dr Georges said the cases went up by 5 bringing the total to 155 active cases from a total of 683 tests on the same day. 

141 Cases on main island of Tortola 

He said Ten (10) of the COVID-19 cases are located on vessels, 141 on the island of Tortola, and 4 on Virgin Gorda. The quarantined cases related to vessels and Virgin Gorda are all related to persons recently traveling to the Territory.

Concerning the 141 cases on the island of Tortola, Dr Geroges revealed that 13 are related to entry quarantine, 23 related to travel exit screening, 65 are contacts of cases and 38 are additional locally derived cases.

"There was one death reported in an elderly person with an intercurrent illness and pre-existing conditions at this time who also tested positive for COVID-19 and determinations are still being made if the death was as a direct result of or coincidental to COVID-19 infection," Dr Geroges indicated. 

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), Dr Geroges said authorities are currently awaiting lab results to finalise the COVID-19 infection stats for today, Saturday, July 3, 2021. 

38 Responses to “Spike in local COVID-19 cases now considered an ‘outbreak’- Dr Georges”

  • open (03/07/2021, 19:55) Like (44) Dislike (18) Reply
    hope those asked for the opening of the territory are comfortable now some thinking covid is a joke
    • @open (04/07/2021, 07:04) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
      Those that asked for the opening were also sensible enough to get vaccinated in preparation.
    • The Script (04/07/2021, 09:13) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Considered an outbreak just like what the document said they’ll say. Can’t you guys add your own twist to the script so it wouldn’t look so obvious ?
      • Nincomp (04/07/2021, 13:08) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        What the hell is wrong with you people. There is no script. In medicine certain things are defined in certain ways,. Just like how your common dictionary gives you the definition for a word. When are you people going to realized that COVID is real and is not a game or a conspiracy. May be, God forbid, when we have 500 active cases and over one hundred dies then you people will realize this is not a joke and there is no mark of the beast or conspiracy. This is a real disease. Get Vaccinated.
  • not so (03/07/2021, 19:58) Like (30) Dislike (30) Reply
    Now the thing start on the date the opportunity end to get the vaccine end... All who didn't vaccinate you have until tonight 12.
    • ... (03/07/2021, 20:02) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply

      stop spreading sh*t they can get once new vaccines are sourced they shelf life on the present ones are just about to expire

      • For Consideration (03/07/2021, 20:41) Like (13) Dislike (25) Reply
        Have we ever look at all these provisions and fruits coming in here from overseas, they have to be handled before they are shipped,, Also when they come to our Markets, they have to be touched and examined by every custoner....Just saying.....We have to look at posibilities, something aint right....Maybe S.K need to consider this also, because these break out and spread can be from the same oversaes exporting source...
    • Tired (03/07/2021, 20:31) Like (45) Dislike (5) Reply
      I do not hear you all encouraging persons to wear mask properly, sanitize and social distance. Vaccinating alone is not the cure. You can be vaccinated and give it to others including innocent children. They in turn go to school and spread it to other children. Government is now pleading with persons vaccinated or not to wear mask. This current outbreak is the fault of maskless vaccinated and unvaccinated people and the government. We as adults should do better. If persons were wearing mask we would not have been in this crap. Also if there were testing vaccinated people upon entry, we would not be in this. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF TELLING BIG PEOPLE TO WEAR THEIR MASK PROPERLY, MOVE FROM SO CLOSE TO ME AND WASH OR SANITIZE YOUR DIRTY HANDS.
      • Suspicious testing (03/07/2021, 21:00) Like (39) Dislike (23) Reply
        The test kits and the testing process need to be investigated.. Something is definitely ain't adding up..
        • @ suspicious testing (04/07/2021, 02:06) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
          the number of cases have risen on st kitts so they have suspicious testing

          the number of cases have risen on trinidad so they have suspicious testing

          the number of cases have risen in india so they have suspicious testing

          some of you have money on your mind
      • LIT (03/07/2021, 21:16) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
        U on point. Couldnt a said it betta
      • agree 100% (04/07/2021, 03:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        My sentiments exactly. I am really just at a loss for words everyday I drive around and observe how people are still not wearing masks and taking other precautionary measures to avoid the spread of this thing. Even some who wear the mask do not use it correctly. YES THOSE BIG PEOPLE ...It is worn for style and not protection apparently. SMH.
      • Transparency Required (04/07/2021, 10:33) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply

        We ALL have followed the protocol for about 15 months and had very low cases without the "VACCINE" up until very recent. IN LESS than a week we now has this drastic increase . WHAT HAS HAPPENED , WHEREIS IT COMING FROM????. This can't be blamed on the "un-vaccinated" alone. It is reported that although "vaccinated" persons can still catch and spread the virus.

        QUESTIONs: What, if any of these new cases are "vaccinated" persons? Is this question been asked?. Is the Government keeping record of SUCH POSSIBLE events?.
        Additionally, what medication are the positive quarantined persons being treated with as they are eventually reported as recovered?. Why is this information being kept a secret form the public?.
        • dc (04/07/2021, 13:24) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
          From the government page:

          "The data on cases is still being compiled however the preliminary local evidence is showing that 50 percent of cases are unvaccinated, 15 percent partially vaccinated, and 18 percent fully vaccinated, with the status of the remaining 17 percent still to be determined as the data is analysed.

          Initial preliminary data also suggests that the vaccinated cases have fewer symptoms."

          My perception of this is that vaccination helps but also maybe giving people a false sense of security. In the US, the CDC has stopped counting "breakthrough" cases unless they become severe. I suppose they don't want to decrease confidence in the vaccine any further. As a vaccinated person, I want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. The intentional ignorance of the matter concerns me.
  • Out break (03/07/2021, 20:29) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Needs some serious consideration and immediate action to help curb the spread.
  • I am not suprised. A spike in covidid-19 cases was ecpected, but how we act going will probe our sensibility.ibi (03/07/2021, 21:11) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    Will we allowef a large amount of visitors in for our annuals festival activities this year? If we do, the number mau grow to be well over a thousand. Stop blaming the Govt. Leaders. They executed their duties. Blame the covid-19 virus and some stubborn, ignorant people? Who do not seem to get it through their heads, that we all must fight covid-19 unified for the good of all our community members. WAKE UP B.V.I FROM YOUR SLUMBERING SLEEP, OR DIE IN YOUR SLEEP.

  • HMMM (03/07/2021, 21:23) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    @ for consideration. You lack of knowledge. How long does the virus survive for????
  • WHY? (03/07/2021, 21:49) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why aren't all persons being tested at the port of entry and quarantined for 24 hrs? Of course there will be a spike if that isn't done.
  • CHAK. (03/07/2021, 22:47) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    Extended Curfew can help to stop the spread for sure.
  • Life continues (03/07/2021, 23:14) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    I wish everyone would stop debating about this stupid vaccine and quarantine everyone coming in giving the vaccinated person a 4 or 5 days and 14 for the unvaccinated. Right now we are letting in this virus by not quarantining the vaccinated people and common sense can see this. It is every persons choice to decide whether to try a jab if they choose. Doctors worldwide do not even describe what is being injected as a vaccine anymore.
    • ok (04/07/2021, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      but what you are suggesting in the BVI shuts down for years, property prices collapse, economy collapse , the BVI will die FS will not keep the economy open as it the tourist dollar that circulates in the territory but government workers don't seem to understand this... The government jobs would also be cut drastically
  • NICK (04/07/2021, 04:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    government is to slow to react.Curfew should be in place and limited gathering too.
  • Ivermectin (04/07/2021, 06:49) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    First of all, the fact that we've had a spike would suggest this has been looming all along. If we know 155 people who have been tested have been tested positive then we can assume that way more have it and are probably asymptomatic. This information isn't a result of a sudden rise of infection numbers but rather because more testing is being done. If we were to be able to test the whole population we'd probably have way more. It'd probably blow your minds.

    Secondly, this pandemic has been handled poorly by everyone. We missed a chance to actually be accurate and scientific. A more accurate way to measure herd immunity would have been to collect blood to do an antibodies test. The presence of antibodies (particularly in the unvaccinated) would indicate that there was an infection or is an ongoing infection. Everyone who went for vaccines should have done this before getting the jab. This information would have been vital to epidemiologists who are tracking the virus. Now that people have been vaccinated the only way to conduct this study is by using information from the unvaccinated. Vaccinated people will give skewed results since they might have antibodies from the vaccine and not from infection.

    Thirdly, why is herd immunity around the world only being counted in terms of vaccination? People who have had COVID should have antibodies but they are being disregarded. If a woman had COVID and she is breast feeding, her child should have some level of protection as well as antibodies can past through breast milk. But all of this is being ignored because only chosen doctors and scientist can read and think apparently. If the information doesn't come from the appointed sources it's supposed to be tossed away, even if it's common sense.

    Lastly, when can we have Ivermectin? It's cheap at the moment because there's no patent so any pharmaceutical company should be able to make it. It's been around since the 60's so we have extensive data on its effects on the human body. We know it has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties though it's a drug use mainly for parasites. It works on dengue, zika, cold and flu viruses and even other corona viruses. It's been show to be effective against COVID at all stages. Pre-COVID, it can reduce your chances of contracting covid and lessen viral load if you do. During COVID it can reduce severity of symptoms, even severe symptoms. Even people suffering from long term COVID symptoms have seen an improvement of their symptoms. I've read testimonials of people who took it when they thought they were going to die or need a ventilator and they saw improvement within 24hrs.

    This is something that should be worth looking into but instead the FDA is refusing to grant hospitals in the US permission to use Ivermectin off label and they are refusing to let research labs conduct offical research. Meanwhile on google and academic journal sites, they are propagandizing the drug. The first thing that comes up is, "Why you shouldn't use Ivermectin to treat COVID." The logic is it hasn't been tested bit neither has the vaccine.

    Just remember last year the media and WHO knew COVID didn't come from a lab but today it's the leading hypothesis. People were censored last year if they said something that is okay to say today. What will we know next year that is being censored now?
  • hp (04/07/2021, 07:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    One of the Major problems are vaccinated people entering the territory without being tested and an roam freely when they come here
    • @ hp (04/07/2021, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      fully agreement with your blog and most importantly how does our border officers know the information being given to them is authentic every man jack come into the country should be quarantine(from here or not from here)

      weather you are vaccinated
      weather you are not vaccinated
      we had very low covid numbers up until the borders were reopened in May 2021

      play the tape

  • Wrong move (04/07/2021, 08:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government is under pressure Now they need to come clean with the people. When it comes to the health and safety of the people vaccine is not the solution. Remember this vaccine was never successful with animal how do you think it will be successful with humans. There are cases of people getting blood clots from the vaccines it has not been address. Vaccinated or not you can be in effected again and again and still spread it. If a vaccinated parent has the virus they could spread it to their children and there are no vaccine for children. Vaccinated people are only protecting theirselves and not their family. Those who have the COVID-19 and recoverd has the antibodies cells to fight against COVID-19. Please everybody stay save and follow the protocols. For businesses ensure you make sure your staff follow the protocols. Vaccinated staff can still contact the virus and pass it on to the customers. We have to learn from our mistakes and follow the protocols. Health workers need to patrol the government offices and business places to make sure they are doing the right thing

    vaccinated or not everybody need to be quarantine when they come in and be tested after 14 days this is serious we must act fast or be sorry later. Vaccine is not 100% safe yet. After taking the vaccine you should quarantine for possible side effect and not after 15 mins you go back to work. Stay safe everybody
  • K in (04/07/2021, 08:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Every one seems to take this matter as a joke friends and family remember this virus have no friends this is a deadly weapon it's like some one put a gun to your head so please every one let us do d right thing for our country
  • Amazing (04/07/2021, 10:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    churches in our country must observe all the safety protocols meanwhile the clubs continue to seriously violate the lawful protocols set in place to protect the residents and nothing is being done: some of you go clubbing disregarding the safe guidelines then expect to mix with others on monday morning

    pass through main street especially where old bobby’s supermarket was, cruise though sea cows bay right by the bridge then move onward to long bush: people practically sitting in each other laps no mask(even steve wonder can see the blatant disregard for the laws of this territory

    this little spot of land is now a lawless society because the laws on the books not being enforced by the agencies duly responsible

    these damm clubs

  • Dont Panic (04/07/2021, 10:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Take note basically the Caribbean was the last to close down and so it is that we are going to get hit by covid in the long run. Don't panic let's just continue to follow the protocols and that would help in curb some of the problems. While every thing is not perfect we can strive to stay safe. We are all in this thing together.
  • Reporter (04/07/2021, 11:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whilst I understand that the vaccine can help to protect you from getting Covid 19, I also understand that being vaccinated cannot prevent anyone from getting the disease. The latter statement was verified up to this weekend where it was reported that 5 persons ( from another country)who were fully vaccinated died from COVID-19. So, instead of lamenting continuously on taking the vaccine, it is high time to think outside the box. Other approaches could be to reinforce and promote healthy life styles with the emphasis being on (1) diet (2) physical fitness (3) overall health (4) wearing masks (5) social distancing. Much appreciation is given to the MOH & BVIHSA for your efforts in trying to keep us all safe; but it is time to move to the next level. Let’s all continue to stay safe!
  • Short Lock down needed (04/07/2021, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need Week end lockdown, a complete lock down from Friday, 6pm to Monday 6am, Everything complete lockdown include super markets, we have to do something to stop or slow the spread down... Monday to Friday Shut down at 6pm, for a Month..
  • Dancing in the sunshine (04/07/2021, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Th whole process of dealing with this deadly COVID-19 virus seems to be a joke for some people. This virus is no respecter of persons. Whether, you are rich or poor, it is dangerous and we should exercise precaution at all times. There seems to be a problem with the testing for COVID-19 from the country of origin where the visitors who are coming to our shores. Unless there is a government agency designated to certify the testing for COVID-19 prior to departure from the countries of origin, there will continue to be a spike of cases when visitors arrive here.

    There may be visitors who will probably go to a private institution to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to leaving their countries and once a fee is charged, the visitor can manipulate the doctor to produce a negative result to travel. When that visitor arrive here and no quarantine is enforce, then we are bound to have a spike in the numbers of cases.

    Ivermectin is a brand of broad spectrum antiretroviral medication that is used as a prophylactic, to control both internal and external parasites. In veterinary medicine, some veterinarian administered ivermectin to control both internal and external parasites in animals. This has proved to be very effective and the nutritional requirement will help with the sustainability of animals. As such in human beings there must not be a compromise in the nutritional requirement of COVID patients.
    • Ivermectin (04/07/2021, 13:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      While it is true that Ivermectin is commonly used in the west as a pet medication, it is still used in many places to treat humans. In one paper I read, Ivermectin was used to treat a scabies outbreak in a nursing home in France. All patients and staff were administered Ivermectin. During the time of treatment, that nursing home saw less COVID deaths and less several forms of COVID infections compared to other nearby nursing homes that did not have a scabies outbreak. This nursing home was filled with people in the high risk category and they beat the odds. This alone should be seen as a triumph and warrant an investigation. Instead we get supression. I guess it was just luck that all thise elderly people survived a disease that kills 90% of people their age.

      Ivermectin is approved for human use by the FDA, it just doesn't have approval for off label use. Offically, Ivermectin is not approved for use in treating COVID but I find the preliminary research coming out of countries that have tried it to be compelling.

      It is not an uncommon thing to repurpose a drug for something other than whst it was created for. Tamoxifin, for example is a drug used to treat some types of breast cancer but has been shown to be effective in treating bipolar disorder as well. It's not uncommon for animals and humans to share drug treatments either. Sometimes the only difference between treating a pet and a person is dosage levels. Some antibiotics and OTC medications are safe for both humans and animals.

      The notion that Ivermectin interest stems from misinformation is groundless. Information is intentionally being suppressed and ignored. I have yet to see one good argument as to why Ivermectin should not at least be researched. This is very unscientific and worrying. From the scientific perspective, the discussion to dismiss should only come after there is enough evidence to indicate that a conclusion is false. Ivermectin has not met these conditions. There are enough doctors around the world willing to testify on the drug's behalf and they are being ignored.

      Through the actions of authorities this past year, the only logical conclusion is truth and objectivity is not the actual goal. People have died because this whole pandemic has been more about politics and control rather than actually helping people. All our lives have been put in jeapordy with no real out clause as we are being silenced in every front unless we repeat the same narrative. People are actively being discouraged from using their critical thinking skills and being told they are too dumb so they should just sit down, shut up and do what they are told. We've some how lost the ability to convince the people we've elected to listen to us and be our voice.

      Funny enough, there have been a few drugs that have been developed to treat COVID that are in the testing phase right now. I haven't looked into it yet but it would not surprise me to see that the active ingredients are just the chemical twins of the active ingredients in Ivermectin. I suppose those drugs, however, will have a patent.
  • There churches (04/07/2021, 13:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    The churches must also get on board and promote the vaccines and stop the bulls about mark of the beast.
  • Which (04/07/2021, 16:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Which churches you are talking about. All people are not the same the churches promote free will just like the Government.
  • Checkmate (05/07/2021, 20:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Too many people in this small place. Vying for votes at human cost by lil men of little brains
    Not enough resources.
    And most of them (said people )are functional illiterates.
    Out of necessity the only way to demonstrate current reality will be body counts and a UK takeover.

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