The offices of the Point Fortin Social Welfare District Office are being sanitised and several staff members have been sent on quarantine, following confirmation that one of the staff members is a primary contact for a relative who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

According to an advisory issued today by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS), there will be a major impact on the Welfare Office’s ability to service the public, given the shortage of technical staff available.

“The Officer, together with other Technical Officers of the Point Fortin Local Board, who were in close contact with each other, were advised to proceed on quarantine by the Ministry of Health as a precautionary measure, pending the outcome of tests,” the Ministry’s release explains.

The Ministry is advising members of the public to delay their visits to the Welfare Office up to Thursday 29th April 2021, unless the circumstance is extremely urgent.

It assures that normal operations should resume with effect from Friday 30th April 2021.

For further information, citizens may contact the Ministry’s hotline at 800–1MSD (1673); or the Older Person’s Hotline at 800–OPIC and 800–1405.