by Linda Straker
- 13 unvaccinated and 9 fully vaccinated passengers positive for Covid-19 between August and October
- Fully vaccinated arrivals spend up to 48 hours in quarantine
- Unvaccinated arrivals spend up to 7 days in quarantine or until medically cleared
Since Grenada began enforcing its policy that only fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed into the country, there have been 9 passengers testing positive for Covid-19.
As of 31 July 2021, all arriving passengers entering the country who were not nationals had to be fully vaccinated. Grenadian nationals and citizens were allowed entry without showing their vaccination status.
“The change in policy forms part of Government’s ongoing efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 in Grenada. Under the new guidelines, outside of citizens and residents of Grenada, no one will be allowed to enter the country from July 31, unless they are fully vaccinated. Citizens and residents of Grenada can return whether vaccinated or unvaccinated,” said the news release from the Government Information Service (GIS) announcing the new policy.
Records from the Ministry of Health show that in August 2021 there were 5 fully vaccinated arrivals who tested positive, and there were 2 in September and 2 in October. The data also shows that there were 5 unvaccinated arrivals who tested positive in August and 4 in September and 4 in October.
Thousands of fully vaccinated visitors and unvaccinated nationals entered the islands during the 3-month period. All arriving visitors who are fully vaccinated are mandated to be tested upon arrival at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) and spend up to 48 hours in quarantine once there is a negative Covid-19 test resulted. Unvaccinated arrivals are required to spend up to 7 days in quarantine or until medically cleared if there is a positive result after taking the test at the airport.
Grenada experienced its first major Covid-19 outbreak from mid-August to early October and during that period over 5,000 people were medically diagnosed as positive cases. There were many others who became infected but did not seek medical assistance, and recovered from the infection.
At one time during the outbreak, the Acting Chief Medical Officer said that the positivity rate was 30% among those testing for the virus, and projected that the country may experience a positive rate of 50%. That has not occurred.
As a result of the outbreak almost 200 people, many of whom were senior citizens, died. Among them was Massima Noel, Grenada’s oldest citizen who was 119 years old.