Parliamentary staffer tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member of Parliament has tested positive for COVID-19.

House Speaker Halson Moultrie said a doctor confirmed this to him in an early morning phone call today.

Moultrie said he intends to get tested and is recommending that all MPs and senators get tested as well. He indicated that other staff members of Parliament will also need to get tested. Moultrie said in line with health protocols, all parliamentarians and all who were in the House last week should quarantine.

However, as the House is due to meet tomorrow, Moultrie wants there to be an “extraordinary meeting” with a minimum number of members to form a quorum.

He is proposing a resolution for Parliament to meet virtually during the crisis. The speaker said he wants to ensure that any virtual meeting happens legally.

Many Supreme Court hearings are now being held virtually.

The speaker is unclear whether the staff member came into contact with senators.

The Senate was scheduled to meet yesterday, but after it became clear that a staff member might be positive, the situation was communicated to senators.

The Nassau Guardian understands some senators might not have gotten the message in time and still showed up.

Cabinet is currently meeting and the government has not yet communicated its position on the matter.

Moultrie said how the House proceeds tomorrow will largely depend on what the governing side wishes to do.

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Candia Dames

Candia Dames is the executive editor of The Nassau Guardian.

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