Cat Island is said to be battling an outbreak of COVID cases after 16 of 23 residents who took covid tests reportedly found out they were infected with the virus.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed six new COVID-19 cases on Cat Island since Wednesday but residents expect that number to increase once the most recent tests are included.
Some residents’ symptoms were so severe that they had to be airlifted to New Providence for medical assistance.
While these cases are very concerning the response is even more so.
Concerned residents fear the District Administrator is using a government employee during work hours to sanitize public buildings at a contractual cost.
In order to be engaged in sanitizing during the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals and companies were required to complete a special course sponsored by the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) ,have a business license in the related field and other requisite certification.
Residents claim a reputable company was doing the job but the administrator sought to use one of his own employees.
Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Member of Parliament Philip Davis reportedly offered to sanitize all public buildings on the island at his own expense bur he was met with reluctance by the administrator.
Residents feel the island lost its handle on the pandemic following the departure of the former administrator and his team who had an excellent partnership with residents.