Long Isl. MP warns of potential community spread of COVID-19 on the island

Long Island MP Adrian Gibson claimed yesterday that there is potential community spread of COVID-19 on the island and that several recent deaths are being investigated to determine if they are the result of the virus.

The island recorded its first case of the virus on Sunday. 

Gibson said that person is his relative. 

“It is widely known that several new persons have been seen in the community,” he said.

“These persons have either not lived in Long Island for years or have come to Long Island because of its now-formerly COVID-free status and the lack of a curfew/lockdown.”

He added, “I strongly urge against inter-island travel except for medical or emergency reasons. I also urge that you report anyone you see coming to Long Island without permission, without a test and who are not in quarantine, whether by boat or plane.

“I am advised that such travel – and interaction with Long Islanders by outsiders – has resulted in potential community spread and the need for several other persons to be tested.

“I am further advised that recent deaths on Long Island are also subject to review.”

Regarding his relative, Gibson said, “We were advised of this diagnosis yesterday.

“We do not know how he contracted the virus. He has no recent history of travel and he is mostly home based.

“Sometime last week, he attended to doctor in New Providence for another matter. However, upon being again examined by doctors on Saturday and tested, he was determined to also be COVID-19-positive. He is presently in hospital.

“The doctors have shared that he is in stable condition. Kindly keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery.”

Prior to Sunday, there were no confirmed COVID-19 cases on Long Island since the start of the pandemic.

As a result, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis relaxed restrictions on the island last month. However, visitors from islands with cases are required to test negative for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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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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