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Coronavirus Cases Remains at 18, Potential Cases Test Negative Using PCR Method

by: - August 11, 2020
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The total number of coronavirus cases remains at 18 here in Dominica. That’s according to the National Epidemiologist, Shalaudin Ahmed.

On the weekend, two positive cases on rapid anti-body testings has subsequently tested negative using the PCR method.

These two cases were from Dominican returnees according to Dr. Ahmed.

These individuals are Dominican returnees and they had their negative PCR results prior to their arrival…they had completed their online screening questionnaire and they matched the criteria to travel to Dominica.”

“They did not have any clinical symptoms of COVID. On arrival they did not have any elevated temperature and currently they are on mandatory home quarantine,” the National Epidemiologist said.

He further explained, as per protocol, all visitors entering into Dominica are required to do the following.

He said, “PCR testing should be done within three days from the arrival date. It is mandatory to upload a valid negative PCR result in other to receive health approval notification.”

Ahmed added that persons must keep a copy of the PCR result and approval notification prior to boarding.

“These documents will be checked during embarkation and on arrival you must submit them to the port health officer,” he said.

The criteria to disapprove any visitor includes; no PCR test done, outdated PCR results, PCR results not uploaded, a positive PCR result or a clinically symptomatic case.

Persons wishing to access the health questionnaire can do so via the official website at domcovid19.dominica.gov.dm