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  • MONTSERRAT CONFIRMS A NEW COVID-19 CASE

    10th July 2020

    12th Case of COVID-19 Confirmed
     
    The Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 on Montserrat
     
    The Minister of Health, Honourable Charles T. Kirnon made the announcement on Radio Montserrat-ZJB on Friday, July 10. He said, “We received confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that one person’s test result returned positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately placed in isolation and is being closely monitored. This person has been on island since March and the contact tracing process has begun”.
     

    The Minister also provided further details on the steps taken by the Ministry of Health to investigate the case, following confirmation from CARPHA in the evening of Thursday July 9. “To date we have dispatched a health team to the residence of the person for assessment, and contact tracing is on-going to identify all possible exposed persons,” stated Minister Kirnon.
     

    The Minister was also joined by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Camille Thomas-Gerald and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Sharra Greenway-Duberry.
     

    During their radio appearance, the CMO indicated that the individual tested positive following routine sampling as part of the new travel protocols for prospective travelers which require persons to be tested before traveling. She added that other persons in close contact with the positive case have been tested. “Tests have been conducted on the family members of the individual, and close contacts, and those tests have returned negative,” explained Dr. Greenaway-Duberry.
     

    The health officials continue to encourage members of the public to continue the recommended health and safety practices. “We urge you to adhere to the risk mitigation measures and to take all necessary precautions against contracting COVID-19. The risk can be reduced by practicing frequent hand washing, covering the nose and mouth when coughing, or sneezing with a tissue or your flexed elbow, and avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory illnesses,” stated Minister Kirnon.
     

    Anyone who develops symptoms; fever, cough and difficulty breathing, are encouraged to seek medical care immediately by contacting the flu hotline on 496-9724.
     

    Montserrat has not had a positive COVID-19 case since April 2020. On May 15, the Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that there were no active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Montserrat, following the recovery of all active cases then.
     

    Montserrat also recorded 1 fatality in April. The island’s first case was confirmed on March 17, 2020.

  • STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES HON. CHARLES T. KIRNON- 12th CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED

    10th July 2020

    Statement as delivered by the Minister on Radio Montserrat
     
    Good morning and thank you for joining us for what is an important development.
     

    The Ministry of Health and Social Services is today confirming its twelfth (12th) case of COVID-19 in Montserrat.
     

    We received confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency that one person’s test result returned positive for COVID-19. The individual was immediately placed in isolation and is being closely monitored. This person has been on island since March and the contact tracing process has begun.
     

    We recognize that people are concerned. We understand and share these concerns and at this time, we wish to assure you that we are taking this very seriously and continuing all efforts to prevent community spread of the virus.
     

    To date we have:
    • Dispatched a health team to the residence of the person for assessment,
    • Contact tracing is on-going to identify all possible exposed persons
     

    We urge you to adhere to the risk mitigation measures and to take all necessary precautions against contracting COVID-19. The risk can be reduced by practicing frequent hand washing, covering the nose and mouth when coughing, or sneezing with a tissue or your flexed elbow, and avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory illnesses.
     

    If you however develop symptoms; fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care immediately by contacting the flu hotline on 496-9724.
    The Government of Montserrat will continue to keep the public informed as we manage this public health challenge.
     

    Thank you.
     

  • OFFICE OF THE PREMIER WARNS OF FAKE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT OF THE HON. PREMIER JOSEPH E. FARRELL

    8th July 2020

    The Office of the Premier is informing the public that a fake Instagram profile, purporting to be an official page of the Premier, Honourable Joseph E. Farrell, has been created and is circulating on the social media site.
     

    Image of Fake IG Account

    The page has been created with an image of the Premier and using the name ‘Easton Taylor-Farrell’.
     

    The Office of the Premier also understands that the impersonator has been interacting with individuals on the site and claiming that the Government of Montserrat will be giving out financial grants to individuals. All persons are asked to note that such information is false.
     

    The public is asked to be aware of this fraudulent misrepresentation which appears to be aimed at misleading the public and misrepresenting a Government official, and by extension the Government of Montserrat.
     

    Premier Farrell does not have an account on Instagram and the public is therefore advised not to accept any requests from this false account.
     

    Individuals who obtain information on the actual identity of the person behind the account are asked to contact the Royal Montserrat Police Service via email to police@gov.ms or call 664-491-2555.
     

    The Office of the Premier thanks those who have been vigilant and have reported the page or informed others of the fraudulent account.
     

    The official Facebook page for Government information is ‘Government Information Unit- Montserrat’ https://www.facebook.com/GIUMontserrat/ and the Office of the Premier-Montserrat https://www.facebook.com/OOPMNI/
     

  • PUBLIC INPUT REQUIRED ON PROPOSED MODIFICATION TO THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR NORTH MONTSERRAT 2012-2022

    8th July 2020

    The Physical Planning Unit (PPU) within the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and the Environment (MALHE) is seeking public input on proposed modification to the ‘Physical Development Plan for North Montserrat 2012-2022’ as it relates to the zoning of lands in Upper Belham and Fort Ghaut in the Plymouth area to allow for sand mining.
     

    In keeping with Section 7 of the Physical Planning Act which guides the procedure for revision and modification of the Approved Development Plan, public consultation is required on this matter. This is to ensure that residents of the immediate and surrounding areas, stakeholders, and all interested parties are:

     
    (1) aware of the proposal, and
    (2) allowed the opportunity to provide feedback on, and raise any related concerns or issues they may have.
     

    The concerns of the public will be taken into consideration.
     

    The PPU has published the information at the following:
    – The Montserrat Public Library
    – The Government of Montserrat website: www.gov.ms
    – Zjb Radio- Spirit of Montserrat and Government Information Unit facebook pages
    – Discover Montserrat facebook page
    – Physical Planning Unit website: ppu.gov.ms
     

    The documents can be downloaded at the following links:
    http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Modification-to-the-Approved-Physical-Development-Plan-Belham.pdf

    http://www.gov.ms/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Modification-to-the-Approved-Physical-Development-Plan-2012-2022-Proposed-Sand-Mining-in-the-Fort-Ghaut-Draft-for-Discussion.pdf

     
    All comments should be received by 31st August, 2020.
     

  • GOVERNMENT FURTHER RELAXES COVID-19 SUPPRESSION MEASURES

    7th July 2020

    The Government of Montserrat continues to remove and amend COVID-19 suppression restrictions, as the phased reopening of the economy continues.
     

    As of Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 5:00a.m. the maximum number of persons allowed to gather in a public place will increase from 10 to 50. This is outlined in the ‘Public Health (COVID-19 Suppression) (No.4) Order, S.R.O. 44 of 2020’ which will be in effect until Tuesday August 4, 2020.
     

    Additionally, the categories of persons allowed to travel to Montserrat now includes a person who owns a habitable house or home in Montserrat. However, persons travelling to Montserrat must register by completing and submitting the declaration form on the government of Montserrat website (www.gov.ms) no later than three days of their intended date of travel. The owner of an aircraft or vessel must also ensure that the person has been granted approval to travel to Montserrat prior to departing. All persons arriving on Montserrat must self-quarantine for 14-days commencing on the date of arrival.
     

    The Order also makes provisions for child care centres, nursery schools, primary schools, secondary school, tertiary school and any other school to open. However, the Head or owner of the school must submit a sanitisation plan to the Minister of Health for approval, before opening. The Head or owner of the school must also ensure that staff, students and customers practice social distancing, and comply with any direction or guideline issued by the Minister of Health regarding cleaning, sanitisation and other precautions. Failure to comply with the directives from the Minister of Health, may result in the school being ordered to close.
     

    As it relates to the operations of gyms and sports clubs, these entities will be allowed to offer services, but must first submit a sanitisation plan to the Minister of Health for approval, before opening. Once approved to operate, owners of gyms and sports clubs must ensure that customers maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from each other and must comply with any direction of guideline from the Minister of Health regarding cleaning, sanitisation and other precautions.
     

    Although the 6 feet physical distance is specified for gyms and sports clubs, the Order also makes provisions for ‘contact sporting’ activities but individuals must comply with the restriction on the number of persons allowed to gather.
     

    All other measures which were previously announced guiding the operations of businesses such as restaurants, cook shops, barbershops, beauty salons, bars, spas and bus and taxi operators still remain in effect.
     

    The full S.R.O can be downloaded here:
    SRO 44 of 2020 – Public Health (Covid-19 Suppression) (No.4) Order
     

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