Monday 28 September, 2020

Positive asymptomatic cases allowed to self isolate in new protocols

GAIA (FILE)

GAIA (FILE)

The travel protocols for Barbados have been reviewed and updated yet again.

This is in keeping with the promise made by the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George to have almost bi-weekly updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to be a fluid one.

With effect from September 19, it will become mandatory for all persons travelling to Barbados from high and medium-risk countries to take a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited or certified facility/laboratory within 72 hours prior to arrival, in order to enter the country.

Previously, persons not bearing a negative PCR test from high and medium-risk countries could travel to Barbados and be tested on arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). But that is no more.

A self-isolation option is also now being offered for positive cases where individuals may request to do so at a designated isolation-hotel or isolation-villa or other government-approved isolation-property at their own expense.

This option will apply to persons who are asymptomatic and deemed well and stable enough by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Asymptomatic persons choosing to self-isolate must sign a consent release which allows for information on their movements during self-isolation to be shared with the Ministry of Health and Wellness by an approved security company.

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It will be the responsibility of the isolation-property to contract the services of an approved security company for the period of time the individual is isolating and charge all associated expenses to the account of the property occupant.

Medical support services, approved by the Ministry of Health & Wellness, must be contracted at the expense of the patient to monitor their condition in accordance with clinical protocols.

A BIMSAFE app and contact tracing bracelet is scheduled to be implemented shortly and these will assist with the management of self-isolation in a government-approved isolation facility. The option to request self-isolation also comes in to effect from September 19, 2020.

The notice of the new travel protocols was posted to the Government Information Service website on September 14.

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