Governor Silvestri 2020-07-31
Starts at 02:15
The Spanish transmission can be found here
Transmissions are Monday and Friday.
COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
- 220 tests were pending, 93 have been processed recently
- 11 positive cases of these 93
- 127 pending still
- 980 PCR tests conducted so far for the Bay Islands since the start
- 199 total positive tests total
- 69 recuperated (via a second PCR test)
- 3 dead, all with underlying conditions
- 2 new cases were from Santos Guardiola
- Total of 10 suspicious deaths, only 3 of which were COVID-19
Bay Islands PCR machine:
- Installed in Roatan
- First batch of 8 people done on 2020-07-30
- Who gets tested is based on the health department standards for those with mild to severe symptoms and those who are at risk.
- Please contact local health authorities if you or a friend/neighbour/family have a related health condition that seems to be getting worse
- All islands are part of the schedule
- Oxygen saturation and temperature are key indicators
- Saturation meters are a more available item and doing this is cheaper than
a COVID-19 test from the mainland which is HNL 5,000.
- Doctors apparently also only charge HNL 200-500 for oxygen saturation tests (a basic appointment fee)
PCR vs Rapid Testing:
- PCR is reserved for those showing symptoms, front line personnel and those who are at risk and/or have chronic diseases.
- A positive rapid test does not always result in a PCR test
- The reason for not testing everyone who is rapid test positive is due to
- Those who test positive on a rapid test are asked to self quarantine
- 6,000 rapid tests (4,000 from the foundation) have been used so far (and some more from the various municipality offices, such as 2,000 in Guanaja)
Travel and Immigration
- The requirement for citizens to get an authorisation to leave the country has been lifted.
Returning to Honduras:
- Permission is still required for non-residents
- Citizens and residents can return without extra authorisation
- Immigration press releases have been confusing.
- Rotary and the chamber of tourism have volunteers to help sort out
- Please be cordial to the volunteers who are trying to help get your questions answered.
- No word on international travel out of RTB, governor feels it’s a natural step after local reopening.
- International flights are still running out of TGU and SAP as the USA still has open borders.
Returning home after flying in:
- Get a loved one or friend to pick you up as taxis aren’t hanging around the airports at this time.
- Lots of chatter, but still no confirmed date yet
- Central government has promised that they’ll provide a reopening date by Tuesday.
- Expect the digit system to continue into next week, Monday will be 6
- Weekend travel is still restricted
Guanaja medical equipment donation:
- Finalising a date with the local authorities to take the donated medical equipment over
- Should be next week
People wandering around the streets vs cars:
- Both should be stopped and checked for numbers, not just cars
- Will check into reports of street parties
- If you buy from Amazon you can use smile.amazon.com to allocate 0.5% of your purchase to Utila
All inclusive hotels opening separately:
- These are not going to be opening up first or even separately
- Jamaica has been doing this as their all inclusive hotels are separated
Financial support from the central government:
- Bay Islands is on the list.
- Only municipality which has finished their due diligence paperwork at this
time is Roatan
- About HNL 2,200,000
- Other municipalities are still working on declaring how they’re going to spend the money, which they need to do to get it. The money has been put aside for them though, so it’s not going anywhere.