Governor Silvestri 2020-06-17
Starts at 02:30
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COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
- 50 confirmed cases
- Utila and Guanaja are still COVID-19 free
- 32 new ones reported on Tuesday
- 41 tests pending from the 200 people who came in yesterday
- People are taking masks off (putting them around the neck, on the head or just pulling them under their noses), particularly in supermarkets etc. This defeats the purpose of having a mask.
- There’s only so much the government and police can do to encourage people to
put masks on.
- Governor recommends shaming people (take a picture and post it online) if they do not put on masks when requested to.
- Governor believes that shaming is more effective than fines, this is how we move forward with plastic.
- Masks are the best protection we have, wearing them is very important.
- Please report yourself or others who have symptoms
- It’s very important to get people treated as early as possible
- Not a lot of community doctors available as they are either in the hospital or the COVID-19 treatment center.
- Need volunteers with medical experience to help out.
- Contact the governor if you’d like to volunteer
- Infectologist has been working as a volunteer since day zero.
COVID-19 case level:
- Request to add status of COVID-19 cases (asymptomatic, mild, hospitalised etc)
to the updates on cases.
- Governor thinks this is a great idea and will follow up.
- Public sector: 0, 2 on the mainland which are tagged for the Bay Islands
- Private sector: 20 VPAP machines which can be converted to ventilators as necessary
- If people move in self isolation, the lists will be updated with their new location.
- If people live alone they will be able to self isolate, otherwise they will need to go to the treatment center.
- The 4,000 tests are still in customs
- These will be used to do random tests throughout the population
- There was a donation of 250 tests which covered those who came recently
Plans for the next wave:
- Still working on getting through this wave, haven’t yet planned for the next.
- There are 40 auditors on Roatan who are responsible for ensuring businesses are following biosecurity measures.
Intubation and other invasive treatment:
- Anything complex or invasive will be treated at the hospital
Plan for Utila and Guanaja:
- Anyone with medium to severe symptoms will be transported to the treatment center in Roatan.
- It’s up to the municipalities how they want to manage people coming in while the municipality is COVID-19 free. If the municipality wants it, they can continue to quarantine people.
Spread of COVID-19:
- We have tested less than 1% of the population so we really don’t know how far
- Difficult to make good decisions without good information
Travel and Immigration
- There is some talk that immigration are only allowing 60 days without fining
- This has not been confirmed and is different from what the governor was originally told, which is that anyone who overstayed their visa after the lockdown started would not be fined.
- Immigration office is not yet open, online works for some but not for others
Flights with layovers:
- If you can coordinate a same day flight you will not need to do quarantine
Travel to the airport:
- As long as you have a ticket you don’t need to be traveling on your day
- Will all be tested
International flights/cruise ships in:
- No update yet on these
People identifying COVID-19 patients:
- Please keep the identity of those with COVID-19 private to avoid discrimination
- Please send a screen shot to the governor if you see others posting identifying information
- Some of the people with COVID-19 are our doctors, who have been working diligently to keep us safe.
- Yes, the president and first lady both have COVID-19
- The virus does not discriminate or favor the rich, anyone can get it.
Petition for total lockdown:
- This petition is being organised by the health department.
- They are asking the authorities, both local and central, for a complete shutdown among other things.
- Governors personal opinion: Governor recommended on Monday that we do not
have a complete lockdown as the information he has is that he has not seen a
place where a complete lockdown works.
- His recommendation is that anyone who is not at risk and can work should be able to.
- Anyone who has chronic diseases or is elderly should stay home.
- Important that we all follow biosecurity measure
- Also recognises that the local populace is very averse to following orders. Lots of protests, people smuggling and ignoring biosecurity measures while we were locked down.
- There’s also a concern that another complete lockdown would encourage more crime, which is already a problem.
- Governor recommends focusing on treating those who get infected.
- Further meetings today, the petition has not been authorised yet.
- Compare Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. Jamaica opened on Monday.
- Doctors are concerned that the healthcare system will collapse under the load.
- If the lockdown is approved, we will have time before it starts to get supplies for the duration
Effectiveness of first lockdown:
- This brought us time
- When things started we had no treatment options and very little knowledge. Now we can move forward by identifying those with symptoms or at risk
- Crime has been growing
- Concern that another strict lockdown would cause it to skyrocket
- Half the police for the islands is on the mainland and they have not been able to return them due to the lockdown.
- Working on returning police from the mainland now that the islands are opening up.
The More You Know:
- Volunteer backed series to share information
- Being printed and shared to get to as many people as possible
- There are 3 projects being considered by the committee
- Governor will let us know when a project gets approved.
- Governor has contact with them, but will reach out again to get more information.
Education for people to feed themselves:
- Not planned at this time.