Governor: The calm before the surge


In her daily morning Facebook post on the coronavirus outbreak, the governor spoke optimistically about the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Of the 133 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the current crisis began, 58 people have recovered from the disease.

“We do have a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel here. We have just reported 17 more recoveries which give us a total of 58 recoveries of our COVID cases. This brings us to a recovery rate of 44 percent of our COVID cases,” the governor said. “We are seeing a recovery rate faster than our infection rate. That is a good data source.”

But at her afternoon internet news conference she qualified her earlier remarks saying “What it means is that we haven’t yet seen the surge.”

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“For me, like I said, it is a light at the end of the tunnel. But it isn’t a go and lift restrictions right now because the worst thing that could happen is that if restrictions are lifted and we start getting re-infected again, we would have to rebuild everything that we have done so far,” the governor said.

She warned that if we let our guard down now we’ll see infection rates go up

“What we are facing as an island is difficult and hard, but this virus will take even more for us if we aren’t committed to staying home and abating the spread,” the governor said.