Governor Silvestri 2020-09-18
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COVID-19 Testing and Treatment
- Health Department release 76 from Thursday
- 910 confirmed cases total
- 151 recovered
- 17 deaths confirmed
- 742 active cases
- 457 pending tests
- 389 new tests from the last 4-5 days
- 68 still pending from the last update
- Only 4 tests processed since the last update
- 2 new positive cases
- 5 recovered
- 910 confirmed cases total
- Total of 61 hospitalised patients in Roatan
- 20 in the hospital
- 41 in the COVID center
- No information for Guanaja or Utila
- If you’re getting a test from the public medical system, the doctors have the last say as to whether to administer it or not. This is based on their evaluation of your symptoms.
- The public lab tests are reserved for those without the economic means to pay for one.
- Private labs will sell you tests if you really want one and can afford one.
Seriousness of cases:
- Spread of everything, 7 people in critical condition
- Yesterday 3 people came off VPAP machines and are almost completely recovered
- Main challenge right now is to identify those at risk and get them to the COVID-19 center as quickly as possible
- There are 3 ventilators on the island, donated by USAID
- The public hospital was trained in using these this week
Private PCR test results:
- Private clinics which opt to report their test results to the federal government are included in the official reporting statistics.
- Some clinics are choosing not to report their results and they, obviously, are not included.
Cemesa or Woods Clinic:
- No known COVID-19 patients at either of these clinics
Travel and Immigration
- Been giving lots of people problems, the governors team is aware of it
- Please report any issues to the governor so they can contact the immigration office in Tegucigalpa to ensure that travel requirements are registered
- The travel volunteer group is preparing a checklist of items so that everyone knows what’s required depending on where they’re coming from
Testing for travel:
- PCR is preferred
- Voluntary quarantine for those coming in on a quick test
- Governor has been working closely with him as he’s now on Roatan
- Two X-Ray machines which was organised by Mr McCarry was delivered to the Roatan public hospital.
- Spent time showing Mr McCarry what the Bay Islands healthcare system looks like given he’s organised so many donations.
- As of next week there should be two digits per day
- The official press release for this change should come out over the weekend
- We still need to be careful, especially as it’s the peak on the islands
- Seeing lots of dangerous behaviour such as an entire family in a car where only one person is authorised for the day.
- This particularly makes it hard for police.
- Tourists are exempt but need to show a hotel or car reservation
- Those who own a home but don’t have residency are technically residents for these purposes
- There has been an incident of the police ignoring the tourist exemption, a denuncia is being filed to ensure the police enforce the regulations properly.
Central government evaluation:
- Expecting a number of changes soon, which should provide better care
- In collaboration with the medical system and mayors officers
- 50 new hospital beds for the COVID-19 center were brought over by the government team on Tuesday or Wednesday
- Yes, it’s difficult that the entire family can’t go together to a restaurant at the moment if they don’t all have the same last digit on their ID.
- Most restaurants are providing food to go. This is the best approach at this time.
- Police reinforcements have been promised, but no date has yet been provided