by Linda Straker
- As of 9 May 2022, there were over 1,000 active positive cases
- Covid-19 restrictions under Quarantine Act repealed
The Ministry of Health issued some guidelines for living with Covid-19 on the same day that the Covid-19 restrictions under the Quarantine Act were repealed by legislators during a sitting of the Lower House of Parliament.
Health Minister Nickolas Steele said that every citizen should apply the guidelines to themselves as everyone adjusts to living with Covid-19 as an endemic disease. “These are guidelines that we would like to see everyone apply. They are not legal mandates, but we are issuing these so that people should adopt those mitigating measures as we all prepare to live with Covid-19 in this new normal,” Steele said.
During the past 3 weeks, Grenada began registering increasing numbers of Covid-19 positive cases. No one has declared that they are linked to the number of mass gathering entertainment activities held from the Easter holiday weekend right into Mother’s Day.
As of 9 May 2022, there were over 1,000 active positive cases.
According to the guidelines, all individuals, whether vaccinated, unvaccinated or previously infected should, among other things, wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose while in the company of people from different households; maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet as much as practicable; avoid crowded and close contact settings; avoid all unnecessary gatherings; ensure that rooms used indoors have adequate ventilation and wash and sanitise hands frequently.
The guidelines further recommend that all individuals should be tested (Antigen test or PCR) between days 5 to 7 after close contact with a positive Covid-19 case and individuals should self-monitor for 14 days after close contact with a positive case of Covid-19.
“Testing for Covid-19 should be done immediately if symptoms develop,” said the guidelines which explained that fully vaccinated and previously infected individuals are not required to quarantine after contact with a positive case of Covid-19. “They should continue normal activity while observing general prevention measures and do a test for Covid-19 between days 5 to 7. Fully vaccinated and previously infected individuals who test positive should isolate for up to 7 days without the need for re-testing.”