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Long Isl. MP says Bahamas Hot Mix, Urban Renewal and NIB close on the island due to COVID-19 exposure

Bahamas Hot Mix (BHM) is temporarily suspending operations on Long Island, with all staff going into quarantine after exposure to COVID-19, Long Island MP Adrian Gibson said yesterday.

“A short while ago, I spoke with Managing Director of BHM Mr. Ebbe Saidi,” Gibson said in a Facebook post.

“Pursuant to the advice of the medical team, and out of an abundance of caution, BHM is temporarily shutting down its operations on the island.

“All BHM staff will be in quarantine. Moreover, I am advised that BHM is arranging for all staff to be tested for COVID-19.”

The announcement came after Gibson said both the National Insurance Board (NIB) and Urban Renewal offices on the island were also closed as a result of staff exposure to COVID-19.

“There are a few office closures in Long Island due to staff exposure to confirmed/potential coronavirus cases,” he said in a Facebook post.

“I have been advised that NIB offices are closed. All eight staff members are in quarantine for 14 days.

“I am further advised that the Urban Renewal office in McKanns has also been closed. All staff members are in quarantine.”

The announcements came only two days after Long Island recorded its first case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of yesterday, there were three confirmed cases on the island.

Gibson said on Monday that some recent deaths on the island were also under investigation to determine if they were tied to COVID-19. Yesterday, he said a person who was displaying COVID symptoms had to be airlifted on Monday night.

Due to its previously COVID-free status, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis relaxed restrictions on Long Island, which had been put in place to prevent community spread of the virus. It is unclear if the measures for the island will be revised.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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