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Over 150 were placed in quarantine facility

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen yesterday revealed the number of passengers from Grand Bahama and Fort Lauderdale flights who were taken to a government quarantine facility Tuesday night to be over 150.

While Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has already apologized for any stress and duress caused to the travelers, many of them have already left the quarantine facility and headed home.

“It’s 150-plus,” Dr. Brennen said.

“That’s how many people The Bahamas government had placed in quarantine for travel on that day.”

He added, “The number of people at Breezes has been significantly reduced since the original number. Based on evaluation, some people have been able to transition to an alternate quarantine facility.”

On Tuesday, those passengers who arrived at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) were met by health officials and escorted by police to Breezes resort for government-mandated quarantine.

However, many of the passengers claimed they were not made aware that they would have to quarantine upon landing.

Brennen confirmed yesterday that the Ministry of Health (MOH) has begun contacting Bahamians who traveled to hotspots like Florida and Grand Bahama over the past week to determine whether they must report to the government-mandated quarantine facility for two weeks.

This does not include those who presented COVID-19 test results to obtain the travel health visa.

“If they presented negative results, then we are not contacting them,” Brennen said.

“We are contacting people who traveled with no results.”

Brennen added, “We are following up with them to figure out whether they have adequate space to quarantine at the quarantine facility that they have identified or if they need to transition to a government quarantine facility.”

After July 1, Bahamian citizens and residents who traveled outside of The Bahamas for a period of less than 72 hours are not required to be tested for COVID-19. However, upon return, a 14-day quarantine may be required based on determination by the Ministry of Health.

When asked the time frame of travel for those being contacted by MOH, Brennen said, “I know for sure those who would have traveled within the past week. I can’t say anyone beyond that.”

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