Four Positive Cases From Hodges Bay Have Been Verified By CARPHA Says Hotel Owner

Positive blood test result for the new rapidly spreading Coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China

Hodges Bay Resort owner, Jeff Wellemeyer, says the four staff who recently tested positive for Covid-19 using rapid antigen tests have now had the results officially verified by CARPHA.

Last month, the testing was done by Dr Joey  John who tested 66 staff members with four people testing positive with the virus.

However, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph marked the test results as unofficial and had them sent to CARPHA for validation.

“Well we have to maintain the integrity of our data and we will not include any data for any positive case unless it is validated by the PCR test. As you’re aware, both PAHO and WHO have given guidelines in terms of the tests they recommend  that’s used in the Caribbean. We’re maintaining the gold standard, which is the PCR test.” explained Joseph.

As of yesterday, Antigua has 70 positive cases of COVID-19; two new cases added. According to the Health Ministry, the two are among eight positive results just returned from the regional health body based in Trinidad; the other six are repeat tests from previously confirmed cases.

The Ministry of Health is yet to confirm if the four positive cases, from Hodges Bay Resort, are among the recent CARPHA results.




  1. The math killing me here. Prior to the tests conducted by Dr John, we had 68 positive cases. Dr Molwyn, at the time, indicated that the tests from Hodges Bay Club could not be included in the official stats because they had to be verified by CARPHA. The 4 cases have now been confirmed by CARPHA, and the count has increased by 2 (from 68 to 70)? Ah wha can go so?

    • There were 2 other positive cases mentioned yesterday.

      So when they include Hodges Bay it will be 74 total.

    • The 68 see (see Two Covid-19 Cases Added To Official Count, Antigua Has Now Recorded 68 Cases In Total, July 2, 2020) included two from Hodges Bay club who had swabbed before Dr. John was engaged. The minister pointed this fact (swabs were taken of two of them already and then mentioned the plan to test the 2 others (28th of June))out via ABS the same day Dr John did his tests. They showed symptoms and the process called for them to be tested. The two new ones, stated above, are the remainder of the persons from Hodges Bay club (there were 4 in total).

      I notice your dislike for the Minister but part of the problem is he has technicians who are camera shy. One such is Dr Lestor Simon, who found it appropriate to engage in a never ending verification profess which took some 3 months. Claims he was waiting for a positive. There were quicker ways to do this but in typical West Indian style, he made things harder than they needed to be. Then there is his issue with antigen tests which clearly are more useful than the DT PCR tests which are taking over 72 hours for them to provide results.

      • I heard Arvel Grant with the camera-shy story yesterday. The technicians in the Ministry of Health are not camera-shy. They simply operate in an environment where the minister knows everything. Do u think it is by accident that he has gone through 5 Permanent Secretaries in 6 years? Nobody can deal with the guy

  2. Folks there is a new Arithmetic Formula known as deceptive addition by subtraction.When you folks figure it out let me know.Only Molwyn The Great Joseph knows the formula at this time.He needs to come and talk to the Nation about those cases at Hodges Bay Hotel.He would also need to apologized to Dr.Joey John.For in my opinion.Dr.John was retained by the Hotel to act on their behalf with the testing.He had the Minister of Tourism with him when the samples were collected.Molwyn was upset because Dr.John released the info to the public.The Hotel owners did not have an issue with that being done.However,the mighty one Molwyn did.I wondered why.Cover up anyone.Would anyone of you liked to be covered up. LOL.

      • He is a Medical Doctor, he was contacted to do a medical job. It should not matter to us how much money he was paid.

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