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  1. #61
    Izzy is offline
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Interesting to see that the most ARS report includes population-adjusted threshold criteria that, I believe, are the same as used for mainland France. I don't recall seeing these in the regional ARS report before.

    By case number:
    Seuil de vigilance: 10 per 100000 in a 1 week period (exceeded by St Barth with 10.42)
    Seuil d'alerte: 50 per 100000 in a 1 week period (exceeded by St Martin with 118.16)

    For St Barth, this means ARS calculations are being based on a population of 9600 and that any time there is 1 case/week the seul de vigilance will be reached and that 5 cases in a week will reach the seuil d'alerte. I do not know how an influx of seasonal or other workers is to be considered by the ARS. Tourists would typically be considered separately but that too is among the many things I know that I don't know.

    By percentage of positive PCR tests:
    Seuil de vigilance: 5% which was exceeded for St Martin (7.62%) but not for St Barth (1.15%).
    Seuil d'alerte: 10%

    The report also notes that viral reproduction factor, which France has used as an imortant criteria in decision-making, is considered "indisponible" (unavailable) for both islands due to their small populations.

  2. #62
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Quote Originally Posted by didier View Post
    sxm is just not taking this uptick in cases seriously.
    Saint Martin has extended the border restrictions with Sint Maarten until September 1, and is considering requiring "compelling reasons and a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before departure" for travel to/from Guadeloupe and Martinique. St Barth wasn't specifically mentioned, but I expect that any travel restriction will include St Barth.

  3. #63
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    lots more cases sxm


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  4. #64
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    Quote Originally Posted by didier View Post
    lots more cases sxm

    In response to the increase in cases, Sint Maarten is closing some establishments for a 2-week period. From The Daily Herald:

    Government announced in a national address on Saturday afternoon that certain categories of businesses in the entertainment industry have been ordered to close for two weeks, while restaurants must now close at 10:00pm daily. These measures are in response to the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

    Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever said government intervention was “of urgent importance” considering the rise in cases and the country’s medical capacity.

    Nightclubs, bars, discotheques, lounges and adult entertainment establishments have been mandated to close as per a newly signed Ministerial Regulation, said De Weever. The closures will be in effect from tomorrow, Sunday, until Monday, August 31. The regulation also stipulates that restaurants must close at 10:00pm daily.

    Casinos can remain open, but with restrictions on table games and serving refreshments.




    The full article can be found at https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...-at-10pm-daily

  5. #65
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    In response to the increase in cases, Sint Maarten is closing some establishments for a 2-week period. From The Daily Herald:

    Government announced in a national address on Saturday afternoon that certain categories of businesses in the entertainment industry have been ordered to close for two weeks, while restaurants must now close at 10:00pm daily. These measures are in response to the rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

    Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication (TEATT) Ludmila de Weever said government intervention was “of urgent importance” considering the rise in cases and the country’s medical capacity.

    Nightclubs, bars, discotheques, lounges and adult entertainment establishments have been mandated to close as per a newly signed Ministerial Regulation, said De Weever. The closures will be in effect from tomorrow, Sunday, until Monday, August 31. The regulation also stipulates that restaurants must close at 10:00pm daily.

    Casinos can remain open, but with restrictions on table games and serving refreshments.




    The full article can be found at https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...-at-10pm-daily
    They’re getting serious!

  6. #66
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    Andy

  8. #68
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  9. #69
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    202 dutch side cases, 65 french side cases for a total of 267 cases island wide.

  10. #70
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  11. #71
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    These posts give me a start..then I realize the numbers are for our neighboring island of St Martin.

    Then I worry.
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  12. #72
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    The images which are green and white are the updates for the Dutch side, Sint Maarten. The Sint Maarten updates are daily, as they try to get COVID back under control.

    The ARS updates for the French side, Saint Martin, and for St Barth are coming out at about 3-day intervals.

  13. #73
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Thanks for keeping us informed, Kevin.
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  14. #74
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  16. #76
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Sint Maarten (Dutch-side) puts out daily updates of their Coronavirus statistics, which I have been posting here every day. With few people traveling to St Barth via SXM over the next two months, I'm going to back off from posting the daily updates. Instead, I'll post only the Friday updates. Anyone who is interested in the day to day statistics for Sint Maarten can find them on the Government of Sint Maarten Facebook page. I'll continue to post the statistics for St Barth and Saint Martin (French-side) as ARS (the Regional Health Agency) releases them, which as of now is about every 3 days.

  17. #77
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Here are the ARS updates for 21 August:

    No increase in cases in SBH.
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    An increase in confirmed cases of 55 since the last report, from 121 to 176 in St Martin.
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  18. #78
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    Below are the August 25th numbers from ARS Guadeloupe. There is 1 new case in St Barth, and there are 22 new cases in Saint Martin.

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  19. #79
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Here’s the August 28 update from ARS Guadeloupe.

    The total number of cases in St Barth is now at 18, an increase of 1 since the last report on August 25, with 5 active cases, a decrease of 3.
    The total number of cases in St Martin is now 213, an increase of 15 since the last report on August 25, with 128 active cases, an increase of 11.

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  20. #80
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    thanks Kevin.. can you provide a link to where we can see this report and others, on ARS Guadeloupe's web site?



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  21. #81
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    Jez, the website is tough to navigate, and I struggle with it. You'll have better luck on the ARS Guadeloupe FB page or the Préfet de saint-barthélemy et de saint-martin FB page. For Sint Maarten, the Government of Sint Maarten FB page is the easiest source to check.

  22. #82
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    There was no Friday update published by Sint Maarten. Below is the Saturday 8/29 update, which shows an increase from the 8/20 numbers of 190 to 264 active cases (+74), an increase in recovered cases from 146 to 179 (+33), and an increase in confirmed cases from 353 to 460 (+107).

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  23. #83
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    That's some increase and only on the Dutch side


    Andy

  24. #84
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    September 2 update from ARS Guadeloupe. In the past 5 days there have been no new cases in St Barth, and 26 new cases in St Martin.

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  25. #85
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  26. #86
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    (First "ARS Guadeloupe" is some kind of French department that oversees St Barths and St Martin?)

    How do you who are on St Barths feel now about the covid flu situation - will flights be operating as usual the next many months, and restaurants be operational?

    Are there less or more people on the island right now than normally, what's the feeling e.g. essentially normal or like empty?

    Also for flying in from Europe, would the best route be via Paris -> Guadeloupe, or should via Amsterdam -> St Maarten be equally fine? Is a PCR test needed by St Barths/Guadeloupe/St Maarten now when you fly in from Schengen?

  27. #87
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Mike, the most recent update that I have from ARS Guadeloupe, the Regional Health Agency, is 3 posts back in post #84. It's as of Wednesday 9/2. I'm expecting another update today. The numbers are shown in red, with text and comments in French.

    My understanding is that a negative PCR test, taken and results received within 72 hours before the flight, is required for travel from mainland France to Guadeloupe, and that you will also need a self-certifiction form (Attestation sur l'honneur) stating that you do not have symptoms of COVID, and have not been recently exposed to anyone who is positive. You shouldn't rely on what you read here though. Reach out to your airline for the latest information, as they will be the ones who decide whether or not to allow you to board your flight.

    Sint Maarten has an EHAS requirement as well as a PCR test requirement. I see that you've found that thread.

  28. #88
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    KevinS, thanks for responding, great to talk to you. I see, also I believe your info is correct.

    I hope St Barths will be fine with a spit test or antigen test soon as the nasal may be difficult to get hold of and also is unpleasant.


    How much as usual is St Barths now in your perception? As in people shops

  29. #89
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    The Air France website has links to two French labs which will supposedly provide PCR test results within 48 hours. https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/commo...le-depart-font

    My remote perception (I'm not on St Barth), based on comments here and conversations with others, is that tourism is down (as expected), and that the island is quiet. September is a hard month to judge by, as many restaurants have a seasonal closing at this time of year, and fewer visitors come. September is also the historical peak of the hurricane season. It's too soon to tell what the Fall will be like, and what the season will be like.

  30. #90
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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    .. My remote perception (I'm not on St Barth), based on comments here and conversations with others, is that tourism is down (as expected), and that the island is quiet.. It's too soon to tell what the Fall will be like, and what the season will be like.

    St Barth has been performing PCR tests at full capacity of 400 tests every 2 weeks according to the head of the lab doing the tests as quoted in Le Journal this week. The limit is stated to be do to the availability of reagents.

    With D+7 tests accounting for a stated 20% of the tests, it will be interesting to see how the D+7 requirement is handled if/when tourism increases, particularly if more testing is needed for symptomatics (now just 2%) due to confounding factors during the "grippe" season and/or increase in viral circulation... unless reagents become more available to the St Barth lab.

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