MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISSEMINATION
The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis continues to experience a gradual increase in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. As of Monday, January 25, 2021, the Federation has confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus disease. The international travelers landed in the Federation on January 10, 2021, from the United States of America (USA). The patients have been in quarantine at one of the COVID-19 certified hotels since arrival. The patients were duly notified and are now in isolation.
These additional cases bring the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 37 with 25 cases for St. Kitts and 12 cases for Nevis. Please note that 35 cases have fully recovered with zero deaths. There are now two (2) active cases. These patients are stable and are being monitored. The risk of further cases occurring in the Federation remains very high.
We continue to adhere to the ‘St. Kitts & Nevis Health & Travel Protocols’ which can be found at website/ URL: https://www.knatravelform.kn . All front-line workers continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols along the corridor of containment between the ports of entry and hotel/accommodation sites. The Ministry of Health wishes to assure the public that the following measures are being taken to restrict the spread of coronavirus:
• in-depth contact tracing to effectively assess the front-line workers with whom the recently diagnosed cases would have interacted.
• quarantine, monitoring, and testing of contacts as indicated.
The Ministry of Health-in particular-and the Federal Government, in general, wish to assure all citizens and residents that every effort is being made to prevent the spread of this virus locally.
With reports of the SARS -CoV-2 variant in the region and with the increase in cases locally more and more persons are adhering to the COVID-19 prevention and control measures. These include wearing a face mask when in public places, maintaining good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance of at least 6 feet from others when in public places and avoiding crowd s and events. These control measures work, and we are encouraging you to continue.
Let us work together to maintain and protect the health and wellbeing of the people of the Federation.
January 26, 2021
Office of the Chief Medical Officer