NO STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED ON MONTSERRAT
27th March 2020
March 27, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat is informing the public that there has been no state of emergency declared on Montserrat.
His Excellency, the Governor Andrew Pearce today (March 27, 2020) signed a proclamation to bring section 18(1) to (8) of the Montserrat Constitution Order (Cap.101) into force. By doing this, it allows for emergency powers to be effected under the Constitution, instead of the old Leeward Islands (Emergency Powers) Order 1959; which has already been revoked in the other British Overseas Territories to which it had applied.
The signed proclamation – SRO 21 of 2020, can be viewed at the following link:
SRO 21 OF 2020
GOVERNMENT EXTENDS LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES
26th March 2020
March 26, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Government of Montserrat has extended the list of ‘essential services’ in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and suppression) order.
The additional list of essential services, are outlined in the Public Health (COVID-19 Control and suppression) (Amendment) Order S. R.O. 20 of 2020. The list of essential services now includes the following:
– services of a bakery;
– services connected with fisheries;
– a food delivery service, by a person or business that is granted permission to operate as a food delivery service. The permission must be granted by the Minister of Health in writing.
– a service deemed to be an essential service. In this case, the Minister of Health, may in writing deem a service to be an ‘essential service’.
S.R.O 20 of 2020 can be read at the following link:
S R O 20 OF 2020 – PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19 CONTROL AND SUPPRESSION) (AMENDMENT) ORDER
STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES – HON. CHARLES T. KIRNON
26th March 2020
Three More Test Positive for COVID-19 on Montserrat
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is today (March 26) announcing another three cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Montserrat.
As confirmed by the Caribbean Reference Laboratory, CARPHA, five of the eight samples dispatched on Wednesday March 25, tested negative, and three positive. This brings the total laboratory confirmed cases to five.
The patients are all in isolation and are being monitored. As with all confirmed cases, contact tracing is ongoing to identify, isolate and treat any other cases of COVID-19. Members of the households of these individuals have also been quarantined by the health officials to minimize any further spread.
At this time, it is imperative that residents of Montserrat heed the protocols for decreasing risk. The guidelines set by Government of Montserrat for social distancing must be strictly followed. We must all act in accordance with the rules of the curfew which are from 7pm to 5am. Visits to public places in the daytime should be restricted to extreme circumstances.
We must practice good hygiene when coughing and sneezing and frequent hand washing. These infection control measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVId-19 on island and to protect the most vulnerable around us.
In addition to this any residents experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 are urged to contact the St. Peter’s Clinic at 491-5436 or 496-9724 for medical attention. The symptoms most commonly include fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing.
Together we can contain the spread of COVID-19 in Montserrat.
The Minister’s delivery of this statement can be viewed here:
DENGUE CASES ON THE INCREASE ON MONTSERRAT – PUBLIC TO REMAIN VIGILANT
26th March 2020
While COVID-19 concerns demands local attention; another health threat (dengue) is proving challenging for Montserrat.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) said an outbreak of dengue emerged on island in October 2019 and five months later, it is still proving difficult to contain. To date there have been 143 cases and one death.
Dengue is a potentially fatal viral disease that is spread from person to person via the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Since the first case was identified on island, a number of measures have been employed by the Environmental Health Department to eliminate the Dengue vector and its breeding sites.
Principal Environmental Health Officer, Mr. Garrett Stanley explained that, “Apart from our routine inspections and eradication programme which we would have intensified. The Vector Control Team has conducted island wide fogging, instituted a number of public sensitization programmes and started a drum programme; whereby the drums of residents who collect water for farming and other purposes are mosquito-proofed free of charge.”
These measures were showing success with weekly cases dropping from as high as 13 to 3. However, the number of cases are once again on the increase; reaching to as many as 10 cases per week in the past month.
The Vector Control Team also noted that home inspections are revealing multiple breeding sites at many residences.
The Ministry is therefore cautioning residents not to become complacent in their efforts to eradicate their surroundings of mosquito breeding sites.
Members of the public are reminded that the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes breeds in any standing or stagnant water. Home and yard inspections, should therefore be conducted at least three times per week to ensure that your yard and living space is free of mosquito breeding sites. Common breeding sites include buckets and drums, vases, dish drainers, pet bowls and even some plants and guttering.
In addition to this, protect yourself from bites by installing screens on your windows and door, wear appropriate clothing and use insect repellents on exposed skin.
The Environmental Health Department is now implementing targeted fogging in key areas across the island and remains available to assist residents with inspections, mosquito- proofing of water collection drums and providing other aids to person who must collect water for agriculture and other purposes.
To access the services of the Environmental Health Department the public is advised to call 491-6057.
GOVERNMENT CONDUCTING A COVID19 IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON BUSINESSES
26th March 2020
The Trade and Quality Infrastructure Division, in the Office of the Premier is conducting a COVID-19 impact assessment on businesses in the private sector, to inform the Government of Montserrat’s policies to address the effects on the business community.
The division has therefore circulated a form for businesses to complete and submit. This will allow for the collection of first hand data from the businesses which have felt this impact of COVID-19.
Completed forms are available for download on the government website at the following link:
Office of the Premier
The form can also be accessed on the following google docs link: https://forms.gle/t87woNuUFvEiV5hY8