Governor Silvestri 2020-07-22
Starts at 03:00.
The Spanish transmission can be found here
Switching calls to Monday and Friday at 08:00 as the Governor is currently not able to dedicate more regular updates and does not wish to regularly be late as today’s was.
COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
- Using press release 146 from Monday evening, will provide updated numbers on Friday once the concerns about double counting are addressed.
- 24 cases last night apparently includes some double counting.
- Double counting is particularly likely among those who are repetitively tested, such as medical personnel
- 144 confirmed cases
- 31 recovered
- 1 deceased
- 112 still active cases (moving to recovered is limited by the availability
of PCR kits)
- All of these people are still in quarantine
Donation of PPE:
- 18,600 KN95 masks, 25,000 surgical masks, 185 VPAP machines and more ventilator conversion kits for the machines
- Arrived on Monday, picked up Tuesday
- Currently getting things cleared through customs
- Came from a hospital in the USA which had a surplus of donations
- Has arrived on Roatan, will be divided between the islands and there will be further communication about this as the items are shipped out.
- 163 boxes of PPE which needed to be transported. Concerned that it would take
2 months by ship.
- Oversight foundation reached out to Mr Warren who volunteered his personal plane, it was too much so he volunteered a company plane, to fly the equipment down.
- Equipment is being split up so that each island gets some. Will announce how
much each island is getting soon.
- Once each municipality approves a date to do the delivery, they will come over and hand over the equipment. It’s important to the governor that they deliver it personally.
- Community outreach programs will also be involved with education around the equipment in the donations as well.
- The 10 cases that were positive are from the first group, they are still in quarantine.
- The second group recently arrived and is in quarantine
- Still at 150 police, when there should be at least 250 on Roatan.
- Trying their best to get more police onto the island, but many of them have positive COVID-19 tests.
PCR machines for the islands:
- Still working on this.
Confirmed cases on Utila:
- There will be an update on Friday
Training doctors on VPAP:
- Great idea, McCarry will help make a video for this.
Travel and Immigration
- 4 inspectors arrived today to inspect Roatan airport
- Working closely with congressman, mayor and ministers to get the airport back online
- Can’t give a date, will have a better idea once the inspection is finished
- The inspection is scheduled to be done by Friday, so should have a better update on Monday.
- Room and board has been donated to cover their expenses during the inspection
When will the islands reopen:
- Not sure yet
- This has to be done in collaboration with the central government
- Reopening requires central government approval, this is done in collaboration with local government
- Can only leave Honduras from TGU or SAP at this time
- If you are a Honduran passport holder, you need to get permission to leave.
- Message the governor if you need permission
- Need to ask local authorities, each municipality is doing something different
Travel to the mainland for international flights:
- Organise a charter
Community outreach program:
- Many communities are making their own videos.
- Easier to hear from someone you do know rather than someone you don’t
- Will upload them to the governors page
- Doctors in Honduras are doing regular video calls with specialists in the USA
- Information is aimed at medical workers, but the governor is going to upload the videos to his page
- First one was Monday, next is Friday.
- If you’re a medical worker and want to be in these calls, contact the governor to be included.
- Unfortunately, this is an expected side effect due to the judicial system and economy.
- Working on improving the judicial system, there were meetings this week which seem to have had a positive impact.
- Criminals have been being sent to the mainland
- Electricity is expensive, especially in places that are small. This is true across the entire Caribbean.
- RECO has dropped prices (unmentioned, so has UPCO) since the start of the pandemic
- The tax you should be paying is for 2019’s income tax.
- Governor will look into relief options.
- The governor will also look into what the requirements are for prepaying 2020 taxes