Grenada has today announced that another local has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a brief statement this afternoon, Head of the National COVID-19 Response team, Dr. George Mitchell identified the person as an employee of the same work place as the 15th person to have tested positive for the virus on the island.
Dr. Mitchell said that the national COVID-19 team is still to determine how Patient No.15 got the virus since he is not known to have come into contact with persons who came into the country and fell ill with the disease.
Grenada closed the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) on March 22 to the outside world – more than one month ago to stem the tide of imported cases of the virus.
This brings to four the number of persons who have turned up with COVID-19 at this particular workplace that has been closed down by government.
Sources told THE NEW TODAY that the workplace is located in Tempe, St. George’s and its workers have been ordered by health officials to quarantine themselves.
According to a source familiar with the situation there is now definite evidence of “a workplace cluster” and signs of “early stage of community spread” of the virus in Grenada.
Grenada now has 19 persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 with only eighteen on the island as another patient fled the island just over a month ago and returned to his place of residence in the United Kingdom.
Speculation is rife that health officials are now turning their attention to possible community spread of the virus due to the number of locals who have come into contact with positive cases in the past three weeks.