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    SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    The original post on this topic grew to 8 pages, which can be unwieldy. Here's a link to that post: https://www.sbhonline.com/forums/showthread.php/98976

    I'll start a new one with the latest updates from ARS Guadeloupe and Sint Maarten.

    Here is the July 24 update from ARS Guadeloupe:

    There is 1 new cases on St Barth, isolated in the housing at the sports stadium. Previously reported were a total of 6 cases, all 6 of whom have recovered.

    There are 3 new cases on St Martin, for a total of 49 cases.

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    Re: SBH-Related Coronavirus Information

    COLLECTIVITY PRESS RELEASE



    Following regulatory changes and the epidemiological situation in the region, the Community of Saint-Barthélemy wishes to make several reminders and recommendations.



    1) A PCR test of less than 72 hours is mandatory for boarding, regardless of the airport of departure (France, Europe, USA...), to travel to the Martinique area , Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Sint-Maarten, Saint-Barthélemy. D+ 7 test is mandatory for all people from the Americas. For people from metropolis or Schengen area, the test at J+ 7 is no longer mandatory, but clearly indicated at the slightest evocative symptom.



    2) No PCR tests are required to get off the island for France or the Schengen area (especially Portugal). Only a statement of honor attesting to no symptoms and not having been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days must be submitted to boarding.



    3) More than 1500 tests have been carried out in Saint-Barthélemy since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 200 tests have been carried out every week for the past month, a screening rate greater than 2.000 per 100.000 inhabitants (compared to 538 per 100.000 inhabitants in France).



    4) Saint-Barthélemy's Bio Pole Lab delivers results in less than 24 hours and set appointments at 24-48 hours. By way of comparison, delays in other islands and in the metropolis are more than one week. It is advisable to make appointments online, rather than by phone.
    https :// www.biopoleantilles.fr/covid-19-st-barth-depistage-par-pcr-du-sars-cov-2/



    5) For technical reasons, ARS Guadeloupe was unable to publish its weekly health bulletin for the Northern Islands Friday, July 24 That's why the President of the Territorial Council took the opportunity of the open meeting of the Territorial Council to announce the positive case identified this week, in accordance with the usual weekly pace. This positive case is imported. Contact case identification protocols and testing have been implemented by the ARS. An isolation measure at the accommodation centre has been decided. The ARS health bulletin was released today.



    6) In view of the evolution of the epidemic situation in the region, everyone is asked to redouble their vigilance in the application of barrier gestures, especially the wearing of masks in all closed public places.



    7) If you are a resident returning to the island or come to visit your family or friends on the island, also respect the barriers in your family circle for at least seven days. It is in the nearby circle that the risk of contamination is highest when a stay outside the island returns. This precaution is essential during this holiday season to prepare for September's school in good conditions.


    8) In case of symptoms of dengue or Covid, do not hesitate to consult your treating doctor.



    Thanking you for your cooperation


    The Community of Saint-Barthélemy
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    now 31 active cases in sxm. unlikely they will open to usa on august 1.


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    Now 36 cases in Sint Maarten.

    The Government of Sint Maarten did a Facebook Live a few minutes ago. No mention was made of the airport.


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    They rarely mention airport changes until a day before at sxm.

    The airport may keep the aug. 1st schedule to open to usa traffic but the word on the street says otherwise. ( island grapevine ).

    with all the new cases of covid and a hurricane looming in the distance, I guess you could just do the math.

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    Newspapers Le Pélican and The Daily Herald are reporting that the Préfète will close the French-Dutch border if Sint Maarten opens to US flights on 8/1. From a story in The Daily Herald:

    MARIGOT—Préfète Déléguée Sylvie Feucher stated on Monday she will close the French-Dutch border if the Dutch-side government proceeds with its plan to re-open Princess Juliana Airport to incoming US flights on August 1.
    “The Dutch-side does not carry out a second PCR test after seven days and I think that’s very dangerous for the island,” she said, adding she had notified Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs of her intentions. “We don’t have the capacity to manage a mass epidemic if it occurs and are not in a position to cope with a large influx of patients.
    “These are difficult decisions to make. I understand the need to open up the island for the sake of the economy but the population must be protected as well.”


    The complete story can be found at
    https://www.thedailyherald.sx/island...-warns-prefete

    The story in Le Pélican (in French) can be found at http://www.lepelican-journal.com/sai...nVX_IPOe-qHtf0

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    The Préfecture has issued a Press Release this morning. Travel Limitations will be implemented between St Martin and Sint Maarten as of Noon on Friday, July 31. Travel will be permitted by authorized people only. The Press Release is below, followed by a Google Translation.

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    Press release of July 29, 2020


    COVID-19: IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAVEL LIMITATIONS BETWEEN SAINT-MARTIN AND SINT-MAARTEN AS OF JULY 31 AT 12 PM


    Significant increase in the number of cases in Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy


    Since the health bulletin of July 24, 1 new case has been detected in Saint Barthélemy, bringing the number of cases to 2, and 4 new cases in Saint-Martin, bringing the number of cases to 7.


    In Saint-Barthélemy, the new positive case is linked to a cluster of people from Guadeloupe who stayed on Saint-Martin and frequented establishments in Sint-Maarten.


    In Saint-Martin,
    - 1 case is still under investigation;
    - 1 patient is hospitalized in Sint Maarten and 3 positive contact cases are linked to it;
    - 1 case is a contact of an indigenous case;
    - 1 case was imported from the Dominican Republic on a repatriation flight from the United States that arrived
    to Juliana.

    The government of Sint Maarten announced today that it has counted 45 positive cases.


    This active circulation of the virus is believed to be at the origin of the contamination of 6 people in Guadeloupe having
    stayed on the island and created a cluster still under investigation in Guadeloupe.


    Need to slow down the spread of the virus by limiting movement


    Due to the increase in the number of cases and limited health capacities, the Prefecture and the ARS,
    after discussions with the Collectivity of Saint-Martin and in agreement with the Ministry of Overseas, decide
    to put in place a traffic restriction between the two parts of the island from Friday July 31 at 12 noon.


    The Prefect spoke today about this decision this morning with the Prime Minister of
    Sint Maarten.

    Controls will be put in place at the Bellevue roundabout and at Belleplaine by the staff of the Police in
    borders and the National Gendarmerie. The border points of Cupecoy and Baie aux Huîtres will be
    blocked from this date.

    Only people with a professional or medical reason will be able to cross the border. This pattern will be
    verified on the basis of the certificates already issued by the Prefecture in June during the previous limitation of
    circulation. These certificates may be reissued and collected from the Prefecture services.
    Medical requests can be made to the email address:
    covid19pref@saint-barth-saintmartin.gouv.fr


    Authorized travelers from Juliana airport (from mainland France, from the Schengen area
    or from the list of safe countries) will be allowed to pass by presenting their plane ticket, less their PCR test
    72 hours with a negative result and the certificate of honor given by the company or present on the site
    of the Prefecture (http://www.saint-barth-saint-martin....ites-d-entree- a-Saint-Martin-part-french-Saint-Barthelemy-from-du-
    18-July-2020).


    These binding measures are essential to limit the circulation of the virus and avoid reaching the capacity limits of our health system. They will be put in place temporarily while controlling the circulation of the virus on the island.


    The health of the population is the only argument that should guide our decisions.

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    No US Tourists allowed in St. Martin as of August 1. this is just the french side right now folks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by didier View Post
    No US Tourists allowed in St. Martin as of August 1. this is just the french side right now folks.


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    Andy

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    Did the SXM airport open today for US Citizens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotth View Post
    Did the SXM airport open today for US Citizens?

    Yes


    Andy

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    Here is the July 31 update from ARS Guadeloupe:

    There are 2 new cases on St Barth for a total of 9 cases, 6 of which have recovered and 3 of which are active. There was a 10th case reported today, which is not included in the graphic.

    There are 4 new cases on St Martin, for a total of 53 cases, 41 of which have recovered, and 7 of which are active.

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    its beginning to look like a trend, 8 cases a day?


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    It's interesting that the number of people tested at the airport remains unchanged since 7/28, yet the Minister of Public Health said yesterday that about 30 people were tested there on Saturday, and The Daily Herald reports that "approximately 70 incoming passengers" were tested on Saturday.

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    What’s the latest happening with covid stats on St Barths?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    What’s the latest happening with covid stats on St Barths?
    ARS Guadeloupe puts out stats once each week. The most recent update was as of Friday, July 31. Based on the graphic in that update, and the accompanying text, ARS is reporting 3 active cases on St Barth.

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    Thanks Kevin.

    Are these cases coming in through Guadeloupe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Thanks Kevin.

    Are these cases coming in through Guadeloupe?
    I corrected my previous response to read 3 active cases, not 4. 1 case was previously reported to have transited through Guadeloupe. The July 31 update says "1 cas importé et 1 cas secondaire", or 1 imported case, and 1 secondary case. There's nothing in the ARS document to indicate the origin of the 3rd case.

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    Had to happen.
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    the latest case from aug 1st was not imported but was a community spread from a lively restaurant in gustavia on saturday night (july 25th)

    our experience of the restaurants on st barts is that some are taking covid seriously and are asking you to hand sanitize on the way in, and seating people far enough apart that distancing is possible, and having improved ventilation or seating as many as possible outside.

    whereas some, like this lively restaurant in gustavia (dont need many guesses to figure out which one), was acting like it was business as usual. tables packed close together to capacity. large groups of noisy people having a good time. poor ventilation (no windows open). loud music. dancing. singing. after the meal is over, it effectively turns into a dance club. and clearly, these are prime conditions for covid to spread in the community, especially with the influx of visitors in the last few days and weeks.

    im also concerned about the level of contact tracing and the time taken to achieve it.

    each person who booked a table was called (eventually, after a few days), and told to attend the covid testing lab. but how far did they go in ensuring accuracy of the contacts? did they ask each table booker who else was on their table and their contact details? did someone check off who was there, who got tested and who didnt?

    its a worry whether they did full and timely contact tracing, and that few of those that ate and danced and sang in the restaurant that night have been in for a test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerobatic View Post
    the latest case from aug 1st was not imported but was a community spread from a lively restaurant in gustavia on saturday night (july 25th)

    our experience of the restaurants on st barts is that some are taking covid seriously and are asking you to hand sanitize on the way in, and seating people far enough apart that distancing is possible, and having improved ventilation or seating as many as possible outside.

    whereas some, like this lively restaurant in gustavia (dont need many guesses to figure out which one), was acting like it was business as usual. tables packed close together to capacity. large groups of noisy people having a good time. poor ventilation (no windows open). loud music. dancing. singing. after the meal is over, it effectively turns into a dance club. and clearly, these are prime conditions for covid to spread in the community, especially with the influx of visitors in the last few days and weeks.

    im also concerned about the level of contact tracing and the time taken to achieve it.

    each person who booked a table was called (eventually, after a few days), and told to attend the covid testing lab. but how far did they go in ensuring accuracy of the contacts? did they ask each table booker who else was on their table and their contact details? did someone check off who was there, who got tested and who didnt?

    its a worry whether they did full and timely contact tracing, and that few of those that ate and danced and sang in the restaurant that night have been in for a test.
    Very interesting, aerobatic. I have a suspicion of the name of the restaurant (on the quay?), but cannot be certain . . . in part because I’m rarely at restaurants with tables packed together with noisy people, loud music, singing, & dancing. There was a time when I might have been found there, but it was wwaaayyy pre-Covid. And I definitely was not there Saturday night! These days (even before Covid reared its infectious profile), I look for serene settings.

    Tonight, it’s L’Esprit . . . there’s no one within 6 feet of me, & the most revelry comes when lights are briefly dimmed for delivery of a cake, accompanied by a brief blast of recorded festive music, to celebrate a birthday with a sparkling Roman candle. It’s fun . . . then it’s quickly over for the non-celebrants.

    Tonight’s dinner, BTW, is exquisite! An amuse bouche of fresh tuna tartare, followed by the very best foie gras that I know, & some really succulent pink veal, accompanied by creamy risotto where each bite has a tasty crunch! (Great wine, as well . . . for anyone interested, it’s a 2014 Saint Estephe from Eclat Tour de Pez.)

    Apart from rhapsodizing about great food, a beautiful setting, & the specialness that is found at L’Esprit, I guess that my post is meant to illustrate that there are wonderful, healthy-respectful alternatives to the nightmare that you described.

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    Dennis,it sounds like you enjoyed some enchanted evening! Magnifique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    Dennis,it sounds like you enjoyed some enchanted evening! Magnifique.
    Thanks, Amy . . . thank you also to Rodgers & Hammerstein. “Some Enchanted Evening!” (When will we see Broadway again?)

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    We were at Victoria this evening and you could not walk in the door without a mask, although one table seemed to escape the scrutiny, but they were the only ones seated inside... everyone else was scattered at tables outside and there was a lovely breeze.. of course one of the waiters had his mask set below his nose, oblivious to the fact that renders it pretty useless, but everyone else on the staff was appropriately masked. Oddly, the young manager at Victoria is called Victor so I asked him if he knew the film Victor/Victoria. He did not. He probably wasn't born yet the year is was made!

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    Ahhh the foie gras at L’Esprit! My mouth is watering...

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