PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, March 13, 2020 (CMC) – Regional carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), says 13 crew members have been placed in self-quarantine for 14 days, following reports that a passenger tested positive for COVID-19, at a health facility in Guyana.
In a release, yesterday, CAL said it was advised that a passenger, who traveled on BW521, on March 7, from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Piarco International Airport, in Trinidad and Tobago, in transit to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, in Guyana, subsequently tested positive for the virus.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that the safety, security and good health of its customers and employees is its highest priority, and when the information on the passenger was received, immediate action was taken,” the release noted.
The airline said, that in accordance with established protocols, after the 14-day period, the employees will be assessed and monitored, by the Public Health Authorities, in keeping with the directives from the Ministry of Health.
The Public Health Authorities are also contacting all persons, who may possibly have come into contact with the passenger.
According to CAL, the company’s aircrafts are cleaned, daily, at all ports, in keeping with industry standards.
“Further, in this instance, additional sanitization processes were used, as outlined by the regulatory authorities. The airline remains in close contact with the public health authorities, and its operations team has activated contingencies for any impact on its flights.
“Caribbean Airlines assures all stakeholders that it continues to actively monitor and respond to the evolving COVID 19 issue, to ensure the safety and good health of its customers and employees,” the release concluded.