Port Health Officers Monitoring Yachtees

first_imgCoronavirusHealthLifestyleLocalNews Port Health Officers Monitoring Yachtees by: – April 11, 2020 Share Share Although the island’s borders are closed to passenger traffic, the Ministry of Health maintains constant monitoring of maritime vessels including yachts and sailboats.Chief Environmental Health Officer, Tassie Thomas updated the nation on the work of Port Health Officers who are still at work guarding against importation of COVID19 cases.“We have cargo boats coming in to bring important supplies such as food, medicine and medical equipment. We cannot say no to this,” Thomas said. “We have measures in place and we respond accordingly.”From early March, she added, a large number of yachts were moored in Portsmouth for a regatta which did not take place.“Some of them have left but as many as 64 remained.”Three yachtees have been in the Portsmouth bay for almost year who Thomas says, “have been very instrumental in helping the Port Health Officer to monitor the yachts.”She says the boats are counted daily and the yachtees have been educated on COVID19 procedure.“Their 14-day quarantine period has expired and nobody as reported any sign or symptoms of any diseases,” detailed the Environmental Health Chief.Thomas says a yachting representative in Portsmouth acts as a liason providing supplies for the ship-bound residents.“Some of them are able to come ashore to do banking, for example,” she said of those whose quarantine period is over.According to her, at the end of March, as  many as 27 boats left leaving 40 moored off Portsmouth who continue to be monitored. 292 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img