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A military vehicle outside the Tropikist Beach Hotel and Resort in Crown Point, Tobago, yesterday, following the lockdown of the facility due to one guest testing positive with COVID-19.

The Tropikist Hotel and Resort at Crown Point would remain under mandatory quarantine for 14 days. This, after a guest who journeyed from Trinidad, tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend.

We are told, an undisclosed number of staff and guests were informed that they could not leave the hotel’s premises for the duration of the quarantine. Up to yesterday, the hotel remained under guard by police and army personnel.

A news release issued by the hotel on Sunday said the establishment had always and will continue to maintain and practise proper safety measures and protocols according to WHO and CARPHA guidelines.

“At this time, we are cooperating fully with the Ministry of Health and have elevated our existing COVID-19 protocols to address this development,” the statement said.

The hotel also recommended that guests with existing reservations, contact the hotel.

“We want to urge our fellow citizens, let us continue to follow all safety guidelines and instructions from the Ministry of Health and relevant bodies as we continue to fight this virus. If persons are unwell, please seek assistance, get yourself tested and let us protect each other,” the statement added.

Last Saturday, Tobago recorded its first COVID-19 case in four months. The island’s positive case count stands at six. The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development revealed that the individual was tested in Trinidad during the community surveillance exercise, but travelled to Tobago. Guardian Media understands that the woman who was a decorator at a wedding stayed at the hotel. The wedding was held at a villa in the Crown Point area. We were also told that the woman may have come into contact with over 200 people. She is currently in quarantine at the Fort King George facility, while contact tracing is ongoing.

On Tuesday, the Tobago COVID-19 Task Force met to discuss the matter, in a marathon session, while Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development Councilor Tracy Davidson-Celestine is expected to host a press conference on Wednesday, to update the island on the matter.

If people have flu-like symptoms, the Division is advising that individuals stay at home and call the Tobago COVID-19 hotline, toll-free at 800 HEAL (4325).