Monday 1 June, 2020

St Barts:Two suspected covid-19 cases under investigation



Two possible coronavirus cases are now under investigation in Saint Bartholomew (St Barts).  

This was confirmed today, March 2 by the Agence regionale de sante (ARS) of Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthelemy.  

The news comes one day after it was revealed that a resident of St Barts had tested positive for Covid-19 while there are also two confirmed cases on French Saint Martin.  

There are no suspected or confirmed cases in Guadeloupe.  

The Prefecture de Saint Barthelemy et de Saint-Martin says the greatest possibility of entry of the virus in Guadeloupe is the arrival of asymptomatic people either visiting or returning home and who will not release the infection until a few days later.   

It reminds there are national instructions and health recommendations for people returning from areas at risk as defined by Public Health France.  

Persons are being advised to practice the following:  

  • Watch your temperature 2 times a day 

  • Watch for symptoms of breathing infection (cough, difficulty breathing) 

  • Wear a surgical mask when you're in front of another person and when you have to go out 

  • Wash your hands regularly or use a hydro solution 

  • Avoid contact with fragile people (pregnant women, chronic sick, elderly) 

  • Avoid attending places where fragile people are located (hospitals, maternity hospitals, housing structures for the elderly) 

  • Avoid any non-essential outing (large meetings, restaurants, cinema) 

  • Workers / students: to the extent possible, prefer telework and avoid close contacts (meetings, elevators, canteen) 

In case of fever or fever, cough, difficulty breathing people are invited to: 

  • Quickly contact the Ambulance Centre 15 quickly by reporting the trip 

  • Avoid contact with your entourage and keep your mask 

  • Do not go directly to the doctor or hospital emergency 


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