St. Kitts-Nevis announces 1st case of COVID since Oct. 31 border re-opening

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St. Kitts and Nevis has recorded a new case of COVID-19. This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 20 – 14 in St. Kitts and six in Nevis – since the first case was reported in late March of this year.

The individual is in a stable condition and is the lone active case of COVID-19 in the Federation.

The 20th case arrived in the Federation on a charter flight on Nov. 08, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Hazel Laws announced on Saturday, during a special briefing of the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC). The individual has been in quarantine since arriving on the island and is now in isolation.

Laws noted that the travel health and safety measures designed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus are working.

“We want to assure the general public that the protocols have been followed along the corridor of containment between the airport and the arrival of the individual at the accommodation site,” she stated.

She announced that health authorities have conducted supplemental/refresher training sessions with the staff of the accommodation site where the individual is housed. The training took place earlier today.

“We underscored all the protocols that are to be followed as they host international travellers,” Dr Laws indicated.

Similar training sessions are being offered to staff at other quarantine sites as health authorities work to flatten the curve of any new cases that may be imported into the twin-island state.

St. Kitts and Nevis reopened its borders to regional and international travellers on Oct. 31. All travellers must submit a negative RT-PCR test three days prior to their travel date before being allowed to travel to the Federation. They are then tested on arrival and placed in quarantine. Depending on the length of stay, they will be tested again at least once before being released from quarantine. Each person must have a negative PCR test before being released from quarantine.

The last two cases of COVID-19 in St. Kitts and Nevis were announced on Sept. 18. No deaths have been recorded in St. Kitts and Nevis as a result of COVID-19 infection.

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  1. Just like Barbados, every arrival is tested for Covid and then tested a second time days later. That is why they have almost zero cases. They are doing it the right way. Isn’t it obvious by now that testing on arrival is the best protocol? Why aren’t we following this protocol. WE TEST ABSOLUTELY NOBODY ON ARRIVAL. This quarantine we have for locals is nonsense as they quarantine at home with family who are going to work and out and about everyday spreading whatever the person quarantining may have brought with them from overseas. And the tourists and visitors are not tested and do not quarantine at all. They can go about their business immmediately spreading covid. TEST ALL ARRIVALS!! We will be safer then

    • Sir in SKN the second test for tourists only happens if they are staying over 7 days. It does not apply to returning nationals who will be quarantined for 14 days

      “Any traveller in this category who wishes to stay in one of the seven (7) approved hotels for “Vacation in Place,” for International Travelers are required to do the following:

      1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
      8 -14 days: visitors will undergo a RT-PCR test (USD 100, Resident/Nationals’ cost) on day 7. If the traveller tests negative on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (listed above under requirements for International Travellers)…..

      Returning nationals:

      Any traveler in this category will be allowed entry into the Federation and transported to approved accommodations, where they will stay at their cost for 14-days in quarantine. The cost for quarantine at the Government facility at OTI is USD 500.00, at Potworks it is USD 400.00, and the cost for each COVID-19 test is USD 100.00. Returning nationals and residents may also opt to stay in pre-approved quarantine housing at their own cost, including appropriate security.

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