Is COVID-19 on St Helena?

Is COVID-19 on St Helena?

We wish to reassure you that at this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Island.

What is the threat of Covid-19 reaching St Helena?

The threat is being taken seriously by all agencies involved and preventative measures are in place and the situation continuously monitored.

If the virus is detected on the Island, what impacts can we expect?

If the virus is detected on the Island, we can expect the likely impacts of infection:

For the majority of those infected this will be a mild illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and little else.

For a small number, potentially between 5-10% of those infected, illness may be felt more seriously, leading to more severe ill effects.

For an even smaller number, likely to be between 1-3% of who become infected, the impact could be extremely serious.

Those over 65 years of age, and those with chronic heart or chest disease (including asthma needing regular treatment), diabetes, cancer and other immune related disorders are the individuals most at risk of developing serious complications as a result of contracting COVID-19. The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate are developing and implementing additional measures to protect our elderly and vulnerable people.

What will happen if a person is affected?

Bradley’s is the isolation and quarantine accommodation for arrivals to St Helena, equipped with an ICU. The Camp is able to provide treatment if needed, and the Health Directorate is in close contact with Public Health England should additional resources need to be requested.

St Helena Government Press Office

Telephone: 22470
Email: kimberley.peters@sainthelena.gov.sh