Governor Silvestri 2020-05-29
Starts at 01:30
The Spanish tramission can be found here
Update for relief effort expected 15:30, but may be delayed due to meetings.
- 1 active case
- 58 negative test results
- 7 pending tests
- Several more sent today, no exact amount
- Typically 1-2 days for a test to be shipped and then typically 48 hours to
process (but there are reports that it could take 10-14 days at this time)
- Latest batch is taking longer than usual
- Governor is following up as it’s been 2 weeks
Rapid Response Tests:
- Not sharing rapid response results as they are less accurate and the governor doesn’t want to alarm anyone.
- Will report once PCR results are returned.
PCR test reader:
- Have been unable to purchase one as yet
- Are hoping for August
- Not public yet
- Will make it public once it’s finalised
- Federal government is talking late June to start soft opening locally
- Not sure when at this time.
Hondurans with an expired work visa:
- Go to the Honduran consulate
- 8 people arrived today
- All were sent back to the mainland
- A patrol boat took a photo of them and reported them. Thanks to the reporter.
- There’s little evidence that people who arrive illegally will self report, most are reported by others.
- Everyone who arrives irregularly will be returned to the mainland.
- Quarantine zones are completely booked
- There are currently 5 active quarantine groups
- Not just about a place to sleep and food
- Doctors to treat people and security forces to ensure people don’t leave are also required
- Only 115 police at the start of quarantine for the entire Bay Islands. So very limited resources to work with.
- The operation to bring people back will continue until everyone is back.
- If you have an urgent case, please contact the governor to plead your case for being brought back earlier.
- We need to protect our islands and smuggling people in is very disrespectful
to those working to keep the islands safe.
- Many of those patrolling are putting their own money into this, buying the fuel for the boats etc
Why weren’t earlier illegal arrivals sent back?
- There was space previously. There isn’t now.
Penalty for illegal entry:
- 6 months to 2 years is the potential sentence
- Everything is slower while we’re in the pandemic
- Governor is focussed on managing the outbreak, that doesn’t mean there won’t be repercussions
Roatan east end:
- Report of lots of boats at night
- Governor will talk to the east end patrol group and find out more
Everyone with a mask program:
- Shipment arrived with 40% of the allocation for the Bay Islands
- At the moment, just Roatan, rest will be for the other islands in the
- 12,000 masks to Roatan municipality, 4,800 to the Santos Guardiola municipality
- Will do a single shipment to all the islands once the masks arrived
- Will go house to house and provide a mask for everyone who can not afford one with a mask.
- Reusable masks, can be washed up to 15 times.
Saturday and Sunday:
- Still have a positive case, so still have a lockdown.
- If the tests that are currently out come back positive will have to continue lockdown
- Working to reopen as soon as there’s no COVID-19 on the islands again
- Governor suggests watching the daily federal updates as they are when department COVID-19 numbers are released. This is also the time when department officials, such as the governor, learn about confirmed cases.
Banks extending grace period for credit cards and loans:
- This is the plan
- There’s anticipation that things will return to normal around August
Sending the governor a private message:
- Send via the governors Facebook page
Helping patrols with fuel costs:
- This is under discussion
- Will look into it
- Tough to move from the west end as there’s lots of movement there