Saturday 30 May, 2020

Antigua and Barbuda establishes COVID-19 quarantine facility

A Pan American Health Organization Delegation will arrive in Antigua and Barbuda next Monday to examine the country’s preparedness to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

Officials are establishing a quarantine and isolation facility at the Old Holberton Hospital in St John's.

A 73-year-old woman from New Jersey, USA was recently tested for COVID-19 at a private hospital after she developed a respiratory infection during her stay in Antigua.

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph said her tests were negative.

Joseph said he was pleased that medical officials followed all protocols which ensured there was no transmission risk as samples were collected and transported to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad.

The Minister noted that they have designated a special ambulance to deal with COVID-19 and he has called on all Antiguans and Barbudans to remain calm and take precautions since “COVID-19 will arrive on our shores one day.”

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