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    SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    This thread will replace the existing Coronavirus thread, which has strayed far from SBH. This thread contains much of the previously-posted infromation from local government and newspapers, and new SBH-related information from documented sources will continue to be posted here. Off-topic and non-SBH posts made to this thread will be deleted.

    For wider-ranging discussions of Coronavirus please use the new Coronavirus thread in the Everything Else forum.

    Previously-posted information:

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    There is an article in this week's Le Journal de Saint-Barth which provides more information regarding contacts of the person who tested positive. Le Journal can be downloaded at https://www.journaldesaintbarth.com/

    I've done a cut-and-paste of the article, which is in French. An English translation created using Google Translate follows:

    Le coronavirus est arrivé à Saint-Barth

    Un quadragénaire est confiné chez lui, à Saint-Barthélemy. Ses parents en visite ont été placés à l’isolement à l’hôpital de Saint-Martin. Les trois ont été dépistés positifs au Covid-19, dimanche matin. La compagne et la fille du résident de l’île ont été testées dans la foulée. Hier, l’ARS a annoncé que les résultats étaient, cette fois, négatifs.

    Un résident de Saint-Barth a contacté le Samu la semaine dernière, souffrant de symptômes du fameux coronavirus Covid-19 dont tout le monde parle depuis janvier. Dépisté positif, il a été placé à l’isolement chez lui, son état de santé n’étant pas inquiétant. Employé d’un commerce, il ne travaillait pas les jours précédant son confinement, et venait de recevoir la visite de ses parents venus de métropole.

    Ces derniers sont arrivés le 21 février à Sint-Maarten puis ont rejoint Saint-Barthélemy. Après une semaine de vacances sur notre île, ils ont emprunté le Great Bay jeudi matin pour rejoindre l’aéroport Princess Juliana. Alors qu’ils s’apprêtaient à embarquer dans le vol Air France de 17 h 30, ils ont été interceptés. La direction de l’aéroport avait été informée peu avant 15 heures qu’ils étaient susceptibles d’être porteurs du Covid-19, en lien avec la prise en charge de leur fils. Surprise pour les deux époux, qui ne ressentaient aucun symptôme du virus. Ils ont été transférés dans une salle d’isolement aménagée au sein de l’aéroport, puis isolés à l’hôpital Louis-Constant-Fleming, où ils se trouvent toujours ; les tests ont confirmé qu’ils étaient contaminés. Ce sont des porteurs sains du virus : ils peuvent le transmettre, mais n’en subissent pas les effets. Il est fort probable que les parents, qui avaient fréquenté une zone à risque en métropole avant de venir aux Antilles, l’Oise, aient été les premiers contaminés par le Covid-19. Les époux et leurs fils ne pourront quitter le confinement qu’après deux analyses certifiant qu’ils ne sont plus porteurs du coronavirus.

    Après la découverte de ces cas avérés, les craintes se sont naturellement portées sur leur entourage proche. La compagne du résident de Saint-Barth et sa fille ont été testées elles aussi. Hier, après deux jours d’analyses, un délai un peu plus long que d’habitude, les résultats se sont avérés négatifs. Bonne nouvelle pour cette famille et pour le territoire. Depuis, la “cellule contact” de l’ARS a travaillé pour retrouver les personnes avec qui les trois premiers patients sont entrés en contact durant la semaine de Carnaval. L’Agence de santé a appelé plusieurs habitants de l’île avec qui cette famille avait des liens rapprochés pour les questionner et leur expliquer les précautions à prendre. La directrice de l’ARS Valérie Denux, qui a donné une conférence de presse hier soir à Saint-Martin, a expliqué que les Îles du Nord sont placées au stade 2 du niveau épidémique. Elles redescendront au stade 1 s’il n’y a pas de nouveau cas dans les dix jours qui viennent. Mais selon elle, même si le virus ne semble pas en circulation sur les îles à ce jour, il faut tout de même s’attendre à de nouveaux cas, notamment en raison des mouvements de population.

    Beaucoup de résidents s’inquiètent. La Préfète de Saint-Barthélemy et Saint-Martin, Sylvie Feucher, rassure : « Il faut quand même des contacts rapprochés entre les gens. Le virus ne saute pas d’une épaule à une autre. » Seule chose à faire : respecter les consignes d’hygiène (pas de bise ni de poignée de main, lavage des mains fréquent) et, en cas de symptôme ou de doute, rester chez soi et contacter le Samu.

    Pour l’instant, aucune mesure restrictive sur les rassemblements ou événements n’est à l’ordre du jour. « A ce jour (mardi, ndlr), je ne change rien aux habitudes. Si demain on a un foyer de quinze personnes à Saint-Barthélemy, ce sera bien sûr différent », poursuit la Préfète. « Un territoire devient un cluster à partir de trois personnes infectées sans qu’elles soient liées. Nous n’en sommes pas là. Avec la directrice générale de l’ARS, nous estimerons le risque et prendrons des mesures s’il le faut. Dans les dix jours qui viennent, nous aurons une vision claire de ce qu’il se passe. » Sylvie Feucher insiste sur « les gestes barrières, qui sont la meilleure des protections. »

    Trente personnes ont été testées depuis le 27 février en Guadeloupe et dans les Îles du Nord. Un point sur l’évolution de la situation est publié chaque jour par l’ARS. Premièrement réalisés en Guyane, les examens biologiques sont maintenant effectués à l’Institut Pasteur de Guadeloupe, ce qui réduit le délai d’obtention des résultats à 24 heures environ. Aucun cas n’a pour l’instant été avéré à Saint-Martin (où est hospitalisé le couple de Saint-Barth) ni ailleurs dans les Antilles.

    Here's a version in English, translation done by Google Translate. Note that Google Translate isn't exact, and parts of the translation may be a bit confusing:

    The coronavirus has arrived in Saint-Barth

    A forties is confined to his home in Saint-Barthélemy. Her visiting parents were placed in solitary confinement at St. Martin's Hospital. All three tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday morning. The islander's companion and daughter were tested in the process. ARS announced yesterday that the results were negative this time.

    A Saint Barth resident contacted the Samu last week, suffering from symptoms of the famous Covid-19 coronavirus that everyone has been talking about since January. He tested positive and was placed in solitary confinement at his home, his condition not being worrying. Employed in a business, he did not work the days preceding his confinement, and had just been visited by his parents from metropolitan France.

    The latter arrived on February 21 in Sint-Maarten and then joined Saint-Barthélemy. After a week's vacation on our island, they took the Great Bay on Thursday morning to reach Princess Juliana Airport. As they were about to board the 5:30 p.m. Air France flight, they were stopped. Airport management had been informed shortly before 3 p.m. that they were likely to be carrying the Covid-19, in connection with the care of their son. Surprise for the two spouses, who had no symptoms of the virus. They were transferred to an isolation room at the airport, then isolated at the Louis-Constant-Fleming hospital, where they are still located; tests confirmed that they were contaminated. They are healthy carriers of the virus: they can transmit it, but are not affected by it. It is very likely that the parents, who had frequented a risk zone in mainland France before coming to the Antilles, the Oise, were the first to be infected with Covid-19. The spouses and their sons can only leave confinement after two tests certifying that they are no longer carriers of the coronavirus.

    After the discovery of these proven cases, the fears naturally fell on their immediate entourage. The Saint-Barth resident's partner and her daughter were also tested. After two days of testing yesterday, a bit longer than usual, the results turned out to be negative. Good news for this family and for the area. Since then, the ARS "contact cell" has worked to find the people with whom the first three patients came into contact during Carnival week. The health agency called several residents of the island with whom this family had close ties to question them and explain the precautions to be taken. ARS director Valérie Denux, who gave a press conference last night in Saint Martin, explained that the Northern Islands are at stage 2 of the epidemic level. They will descend to stage 1 if there are no new cases in the next ten days. But according to her, even if the virus does not seem to be circulating on the islands to date, we should still expect new cases, in particular due to population movements.

    Many residents are concerned. The Prefect of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin, Sylvie Feucher, reassures: “We still need close contacts between people. The virus does not jump from one shoulder to another. The only thing to do: respect the hygiene instructions (no kiss or handshake, frequent hand washing) and, in case of symptoms or doubt, stay at home and contact the Samu.

    For the moment, no restrictive measure on rallies or events is on the agenda. "To date (Tuesday, note), I haven't changed anything about habits. If tomorrow we have a home of fifteen people in Saint-Barthélemy, it will of course be different, ”continues the Prefect. "A territory becomes a cluster from three infected people without them being linked. We are not there. With the Director General of ARS, we will assess the risk and take action if necessary. In the next ten days, we will have a clear vision of what is going on. "Sylvie Feucher insists on" barrier gestures, which are the best protection. "
    Thirty people have been tested since February 27 in Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands. An update on the situation is published daily by the ARS. First carried out in Guyana, biological examinations are now carried out at the Institut Pasteur in Guadeloupe, which reduces the time required to obtain results to around 24 hours. No case has yet been confirmed in Saint-Martin (where the Saint-Barth couple is hospitalized) or elsewhere in the West Indies.

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Thank you. We will see how long this goes before jumping the shark


    Andy

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Attached is today's (Monday, March 9) Point Update from ARS Guadeloupe, the regional health authority. There are no new cases, and all results for "contacts" are negative.

    Note: There will not be another Point Update until "the balance sheet changes".

    Still 1 confirmed case on SBH, isolated at home.
    Still 2 confirmed cases on St Martin, in the French-side hospital.
    New, "close contacts" have tested negative.

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    The government of Sint Maarten has announced travel restrictions. This won't impact most visitors to SBH, but it may impact a few. "As such, all ‘passengers and crew members’ traveling to St. Maarten who have been in the last 14 days visiting the cities and or countries of China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, are not allowed to transit or enter Sint Maarten."

    The Press Release can be found at http://www.sintmaartengov.org/PressR...-COVID-19.aspx

    Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs National Address on COVID-19

    06 March 2020




    ​People of St. Maarten, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in this official update concerning the COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response of the Government of St. Maarten. Our priority remains educating the population and ensuring protection and awareness of our front liners who are in constant contact with the public.

    COVID-19 is a global health crisis, which is affecting countries around the world. As such, St. Maarten, although, having no probable or confirmed cases as of today March 6th, 2020, is continuously assessing, and addressing our levels of preparedness in order to be able to contain the spread should a case be identified on St. Maarten.

    The EOC meetings which have taken place this week, were held on Wednesday March 4, and today Friday March 6, 2020. I can hereby update that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 identified on French St. Martin and that the two diagnosed patients remain in isolation at the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital. Any reports to the contrary has been deemed as incorrect.

    Taking St. Maarten’s size and capacity into account, and in order to further mitigate St. Maarten’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus, after consultation with EOC members, it has been determined that implementing travel restrictions is an appropriate measure at this time. As such travel restrictions have been communicated via TIMATIC, which gives notifications to airlines pertaining to restrictions for travel. As such, all ‘passengers and crew members’ traveling to St. Maarten who have been in the last 14 days visiting the cities and or countries of China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, are not allowed to transit or enter Sint Maarten.


    Let me be clear. This travel restriction does not apply to nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which includes The Netherlands, St. Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba and Sint Eustatius. This also does not apply to residents of St. Maarten. This allows for a first level of screening of passengers prior to check in to travel to St. Maarten.

    The St. Maarten Immigration Department will be executing a second check upon arrival. They will be utilizing key questions to ascertain if visitors or residents have traveled to areas within the high rates of infection within the past 14 days. Passengers identified as having travelled from these areas within 14 days, will receive a bookmark with key information on what to do in the event they could start to experience/develop symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus.


    Established protocols as related to cruise travel will also continue to be strictly enforced in order to safeguard safety and security of our residents. As well as maintain our good reputation as a safe and viable destination for our visitors, which is serious about the prevention, mitigation and response to the COVID-19 virus. These measures are deemed necessary even as we work to increase our capacity to effectively deal with the challenges which would arise should cases be identified.
    In addressing our capacity.

    Due to limited capacity at our St. Maarten Medical Centre, more options for quarantine and isolation spaces have been identified in order to increase capacity to be able to provide good medical services in a safe and controlled environment in advance of a potential outbreak.


    Through the department of BAK (Department of Interior & Kingdom Relations), under the Ministry of General Affairs, international assistance in the form of technical support for our health officials is being arranged through PAHO, UNDAC, as well as our colleagues in the kingdom. Other streams are also coming up onboard. Our cooperation with French St. Martin is also ongoing and we have committed to meet once per week to update and cement any new agreements necessary to collectively mitigate the spread of this virus our lovely island.

    To update on our Department of CPS (Collective Prevention Services): Trainings have continued during this week at Princess Juliana International Airport, Heineken Regatta volunteers and workers, schoolboards and an information session will be planned for parents in the coming weeks. The red cross will be providing training sessions on proper hygiene and handwashing techniques at schools in the next week. The Heineken Regatta has been inspected and is adhering to the protocols established and laid down by the health department. Controls will continue for the duration of the festival and will be evaluated thereafter.

    As Prime Minister, I would like to encourage our citizens and visitors to remain calm, stay informed and be prepared as countries all around the wolrd are currently either already affected or expect to be within the near future. St. Maarten is no exception, and as such we must continue to be prepared and take all necessary measures to be ready to deal with the covid-19 virus.

    The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) hereby reminds the general population that we should step-up our handwashing, cough and sneeze etiquettes in order to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. The general public as well as our visitors are encouraged to follow regular updates via recognized and credible news sources. Public announcements will continue on all radio stations. Digital billboards will have messages as well as the print media. For more information, call the following emergency hotline number 914 of the Collective Prevention Service (CPS).

    Follow our Government Radiostation – 107.9FM. For official information, statements and news updates or visit the Government website at www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.

    As Prime Minister of St. Maarten, I wish to encourage all of us to remain steadfast in preparing for what is to come. Just as we prepare for Hurricane seasons every year. Knowledge is power! Stay informed and prepared. Ensure you have a disaster preparedness kit which can sustain your family for atleast 14 days.
    We are strong, resilient and faithful people and trust that this too shall pass.

    God bless St. Maarten and her people and God protect her shores!




    The Daily Herald newspaper on St Maarten has published a related story: https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...for-st-maarten

    Travel restrictions now in effect for St. Maarten

    PHILIPSBURG--Persons who have, in the last fourteen days of their travel, visited cities and or countries in the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, will not be allowed to transit or enter St. Maarten as travel restrictions to keep novel coronavirus COVID-19 at bay, are now in effect.



    Chairperson of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said in a national address late Friday in which she updated on the virus, that these travel restrictions have been communicated via Travel Information Manual Automatic Timatic, which gives notifications to airlines on restrictions for travel.



    “As such, all passengers and crew members travelling to St. Maarten who have been, in the last 14 days, visiting the cities and or countries of China (People’s Republic), Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, are not allowed to transit or enter St. Maarten,” Jacobs said in her national address.



    The travel restriction does not apply to nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which includes the Netherlands, St. Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba and St. Eustatius. This also does not apply to residents of St. Maarten. She said the restriction allows for a first level of screening of passengers prior to check-in to travel to St. Maarten.



    The restrictions were deemed an appropriate measure at this time, given St. Maarten’s size and capacity and in an effort to further mitigate St. Maarten’s exposure to the COVID-19 and after consultation with EOC members.



    “The St. Maarten Immigration Department will be executing a second check upon arrival. They will be utilising key questions to ascertain if visitors or residents have travelled to areas within the high rates of infection within the past 14 days. Passengers identified as having travelled from these areas within 14 days, will receive a bookmark with key information on what to do in the event they could start to experience/develop symptoms associated with the COVID-19,” Jacobs said.



    “Established protocols as related to cruise travel will also continue to be strictly enforced in order to safeguard safety and security of our residents, as well as maintain our good reputation as a safe and viable destination for our visitors, which is serious about the prevention, mitigation and response to the COVID-19 virus. These measures are deemed necessary even as we work to increase our capacity to effectively deal with the challenges which would arise should cases be identified.”



    She said due to limited capacity at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), more options for quarantine and isolation spaces have been identified to increase capacity to be able to provide good medical services in a safe and controlled environment in advance of a potential outbreak.



    Through the Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations BAK, under the Ministry of General Affairs, international assistance in the form of technical support for health officials is being arranged through the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), as well as colleagues in the kingdom. Other streams are also coming on board. “Our cooperation with French St. Martin is also ongoing and we have committed to meet once per week to update and cement any new agreements necessary to collectively mitigate the spread of this virus on our lovely island.”



    In updating on the Health Ministry’s Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS), she said trainings have continued during this week at Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), for Heineken Regatta volunteers and workers; and school boards and an information session will be planned for parents in the coming weeks. The Red Cross will be providing training sessions on proper hygiene and hand-washing techniques at schools in the next week. Heineken Regatta has been inspected and is adhering to the protocols established by the Health Department. Controls will continue for the duration of the festival and will be evaluated thereafter.



    “As Prime Minister, I would like to encourage our citizens and visitors to remain calm, stay informed and be prepared as countries all around the world are currently either already affected or expect to be within the near future. St. Maarten is no exception, and as such we must continue to be prepared and take all necessary measures to be ready to deal with the COVID-19 virus.”



    Jacobs said government’s priority remains educating the population and ensuring protection and awareness of our front liners who are in constant contact with the public.



    COVID-19 is a global health crisis, which is affecting countries around the world. “As such, St. Maarten, although, having no probable or confirmed cases as of today, March 6, 2020, is continuously assessing and addressing our levels of preparedness in order to be able to contain the spread, should a case be identified on St. Maarten.”



    EOC meetings were held last week Wednesday, March 4, and Friday, March 6. “I can hereby update that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 identified on French St. Martin and that the two diagnosed patients remain in isolation at the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital. Any reports contrary to this have been deemed as incorrect.”



    CPS reminds the population to step-up hand-washing, cough and sneeze etiquettes to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. The public and visitors are encouraged to follow regular updates via recognised and credible news sources. Public announcements will continue on radio stations. Digital billboards will have messages as well as the print media.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling CPS’ emergency hotline number 914.


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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    As always, thanks Kevin for being the one to keep us updated on the facts.

    This is good news to read: "New, "close contacts" have tested negative."

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    Thank you Kevin..we appreciate you keeping us updated
    Steve and Aimee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim A View Post
    As always, thanks Kevin for being the one to keep us updated on the facts.

    This is good news to read: "New, "close contacts" have tested negative."
    Yes and yes.

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    Andy

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    I don't know how accurate this information is, but this is an interesting website and associated Map.... which unfortunately includes SBH.

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashb...75ae62e5c06e61

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelpe View Post
    I don't know how accurate this information is, but this is an interesting website and associated Map.... which unfortunately includes SBH.

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashb...75ae62e5c06e61
    It's accurate enough for my global tech firm to use it exclusively. I've been monitoring it and compiling data from our global offices for the past two weeks. It's a lot of data and a lot of reality!
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Quote Originally Posted by steelpe View Post
    I don't know how accurate this information is, but this is an interesting website and associated Map.... which unfortunately includes SBH.

    https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashb...75ae62e5c06e61
    It appears to be a reasonable source. Links to that site have been posted previously.

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Status update from the Préfecture:

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    Google Translate:
    Bulletin n ° 8 - Information "coronavirus"
    Update on March 11, 2020
    Monitoring of all cases at 5 p.m .:
    To date, there have been no new confirmed cases. All the results returned for the contact subjects are negative.
    The situation is evolving well:
    • Saint-Martin: 1 patient is cured, the 2nd is still positive
    • Saint-Barthélemy: 1 case is still positive


    Still 1 confirmed case on SBH, isolated at home.

    Still 1 confirmed case on St Martin, in the French-side hospital.
    New 1 confirmed case on St Martin, in the French-side hospital, is listed as Recovered.
    Still "contacts" have tested negative.


    Below is the complete bulletin from ARS, the regional health authority:

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Thanks so much, Kevin! We are arriving on the 26th and appreciate all your info.

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    I received the following email from Tradewind Aviation, which many here use for transportation between SBH and SJU:

    Good morning,

    As you know, President Trump announced significant travel restrictions last night. These restrictions do not directly apply to travel to/from St. Bart’s because it is not part of the border-free Schengen area.

    In summary, if you have travelled to any of the following countries in the last 14 days, you will not be allowed entry into the United States unless you are a US citizen, permanent resident or with limited exceptions. If you are allowed entry into the US, you must enter the US through one of 11 designated gateway airports.
    Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    If you have travelled to the above countries in the previous 14 days, please contact our office to rebook your travel at charter@flytradewind.com or at 800-376-7922.

    Once again, travel to and from St. Bart’s remains largely unaffected and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.

    Thank you,

    Eric

    -----

    Eric Zipkin

    President

    Tradewind Aviation

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    As of this morning's (3/12/2020) update, the Bucket is still on.


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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    The Sint Maarten government has increased their travel restriction from 14 days to 21 days.

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    There is a related story in the Daily Herald.

    https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...-14-to-21-days

    Travel restrictions to St. Maarten stepped-up from 14 to 21 days

    PHILIPSBURG--The travel restrictions which were issued by the Government of Sint Maarten have now been increased from fourteen to 21 days, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs disclosed on Wednesday.
    According to a press release issued by the Department of Communication DComm late Wednesday night, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will be meeting today, Thursday, and a meeting will be held with Members of Parliament (MPs) to provide them with an update on national preparations for COVID-19.
    Jacobs said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared on Wednesday that COVID-19 is now an international pandemic. Such a declaration calls on all countries to speed up their response and containment measures and to be prepared to take any additional measures that are required to protect public health.
    The Government continues to work closely with the Government of French St. Martin and kingdom counterparts to prepare and plan to mitigate the spread.
    Jacobs added that the business community as well as Government will have to look at ways of allowing workers to work remotely from home, especially persons who have travelled to COVID-19 hotspots, including those not mentioned in the country’s travel restriction lists.
    Persons should self- isolate at home for 14 days; contact their family physician and provide a list of their flu-like symptoms to their doctor if they develop any. The family physician will determine whether the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) should be contacted. For more information, call the 914 hot line during business hours.
    Children with flu-like symptoms should remain at home; self-isolation is the best way to contain communicable diseases. Special attention should be paid to senior citizens, especially those with pre-existing health (respiratory) conditions.
    Passengers and airline crew who have been in China (People’s Republic), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China) or Singapore in the past 21 days, are not allowed to transit or enter Sint Maarten.
    This does not apply to nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, the Netherlands, St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten), and to residents of St. Maarten.
    All passengers must fill in the embarkation card to state where they are coming from before the aircraft/ship arrives in St. Maarten.
    There are zero cases of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in Dutch St. Maarten at this time. The screening processes at St. Maarten’s ports of entry have been stepped up in cooperation with the airlines which are also following their own screening protocols based on WHO recommendations.
    There is no reason to panic; stay calm and take preventative hygiene measures at home, on the job and in school that have been promoted by the Ministry of Public Health for the past several weeks via DComm.
    Persons should refrain from hugging and touching each other when visiting family or friends. We have to get back to the “No touch rule” to protect ourselves at this point in time with the global COVID-19 outbreak.
    The Government continues to work diligently to increase capacity within the public health sector, but this will take some time.
    Listen to the government radio station 107.9FM for official information, statements and news updates, or visit the Government website
    www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and/or Facebook Page


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    This afternoon's Bucket update (3/12/2020)

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    Local schools on SBH will now be closed, just as in La Metropole.

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    Odd to close the schools with no new cases on the Island now, no?

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    It covers the French Island besides SBH. IE St Martin, Guadeloupe etc
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    Jim, it was an order out of La Metropole, Mainland France, which apparently covers not only the mainland schools but overseas schools. Here's a link to an English-language story which talks about it: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-france-macron-covid-19-schools-a9398516.html

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    better safe than sorry... interestingly when we arrived in Guadeloupe and then SBH from France yesterday no one asked us where we had been or where we were coming from... I guess they figured Guadeloupe is not a danger zone when we arrived here and Guadeloupe knew the plane came from France...

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    The decision to close schools in St Martin and St Barthelemy has been reversed.

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    Update - Still 1 confirmed case on SBH, isolated at home. The patient has now tested negative, but a second test is required.

    Still 1 confirmed case on St Martin, in the French-side hospital.
    Still 1 confirmed case on St Martin, in the French-side hospital, is listed as Recovered.
    Still "contacts" have tested negative.

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    no cruise ships will definitely be a blow to the economy here, yikes. however I think its a wise decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by didier View Post
    no cruise ships will definitely be a blow to the economy here, yikes. however I think its a wise decision.
    i agree, no cases here except the one that has recovered so why tempt fate?

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    Central American countries are starting to ban entry of flights from the U.S.

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