Thursday 9 July, 2020

Fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed in Martinique

Martinique has confirmed its fourth cased of the COVID-1 virus.

The fourth case was announced on March 11, by the Regional Health Agency (A.R.S.) in Martinique.

A release from the Martinique Tourism Authority said these 4 cases are currently in isolation at the CHU Martinique Hospital, La Meynard, in a special and sheltered quarantine unit. 

As reported by the director of the Regional Health Agency’s (A.R.S.), the island is and remains in Stage one of a three-stage prevention protocol established by the French Government in 2009 following the H1N1 flu epidemic. Stage one is prevention and all procedures and protective measures are in place:

All disembarking cruise passengers are being systematically screened.  Anchorage, to come ashore for smaller luxury boats, is no longer permitted.  They must go to port terminals to be screened by the Regional Health Agency of Martinique.

Safety protocols are posted and implemented in all marinas and small ports.

* As of Thursday, March 5, 2020, sanitary measures are being enforced by the Regional Health Agency of Martinique with the presence of firefighters.

* Since, February 29, 2020, prevention notices have been posted at the airport and since March 4, airline passengers are given these notices prior to landing

* Additional sanitary inspectors have been positioned at the airport

* Martinique's main hospital is prepared for any changes in this sanitary crisis, readied isolation units and expanded its testing capabilities

A crisis division was immediately activated by the ARS, to search for, identify and monitor contact cases: people who have had close and prolonged contact with infected patients.

For updates and more information about the COVID-19 and the measures in place in Martinique, please visit the A.R.S. website http://www.martinique.gouv.fr/Politiques-publiques/Environnement-sante-publique/Sante/Les-informations-sur-le-Coronavirus-COVID-19

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