May 15, 2020 GIU, Davy Hill Montserrat– The Ministry of Health and Social Services is today announcing that there are no active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Montserrat; as the lone remaining active case of COVID-19 which was previously reported in the Ministry’s last update, has now made a full recovery.

The island’s first case was confirmed on March 17, 2020. Confirmed cases increased, peaking at 11, on April 12th. Since then there has been 1 fatality and the other cases have fully recovered.

The Ministry has also indicated that there are presently no suspected cases under investigation; with this week being the fourth week with no new confirmed cases.

These new COVID-19 developments are regarded as major accomplishments for the island. Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Dorothea Hazel- Blake stated, “These milestones are significant achievements for the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the entire Montserrat Community. But, I cannot stress enough the need for us to remain cautious in our actions, if we do not want our victories to be short lived. The virus is still a global crisis and as restrictions are eased we must seek to find the balance between returning to a new normal while still staying on guard.”

The need for continued vigilance was echoed by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharra Greenaway-Duberry who stated that, “We will continue to build the Ministry’s capacity to respond to any future resurgence of COVID-19. The public must also remain prepared.
Never forget the lessons learned and continue to practice good hygiene as it is the most effective protection against diseases.”

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