Prime Minister Minnis - Remarks: COVID-19 Update Press Conference - Aug. 24

Press Conference Notes
The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis
Prime Minister
Monday, 24 August 2020
5:00 P.M.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press:

I want to provide the country and the media with a number of updates on our comprehensive efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, which is in its second
wave in The Bahamas.

Let me begin by offering condolences to the family of Ms. Bernadette Rolle, a Registered Nurse at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC). Nurse Rolle was COVID 19 positive.
As the Minister of Health previously said: "We mourn the loss of a brave warrior from the frontline in our fight against the pandemic COVID-19.

The nation is grateful for her service and for all of those on the frontlines of this battle.

Nurse Rolle was dedicated to her family, to her patients, and to the institutions of nursing and the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre."  
I once again offer condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19.

We continue to pray for all of those who are in hospital, including the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis; Senator, the Hon. Michael Darville; and the

Member of Parliament for Central and South Eleuthera, Hank Johnson, who has been discharged from hospital, and is now in quarantine.

We pray for the recovery and healing of all who are COVID-positive.


I ended my own period of quarantine this morning. I wish to report that I am COVID negative.


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Our plan and strategy from the very beginning of the pandemic was to utilize a range of public health tools to get the highly contagious COVID-19 virus under sufficient control in order to gradually re-open our economy and society, and to return to some level of growth and normalcy.

In the past few weeks we have been fighting our second wave of the global pandemic.

Earlier today, a press statement was released with changes to the Emergency Orders for Grand Bahama and various Family Islands that take effect tomorrow morning.

This information was made available earlier today for the residents of those islands, the Bahamian public, the media and various Island Administrators continue see attached