Thursday 9 July, 2020

With three cases of COVID-19, Martinique seeks to curb spread

The Martinique Tourism Authority, the Port of Martinique, and the Martinique International Airport are closely monitoring the island’s points of entry to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the safety of its residents and visitors.

This as the island seeks to curb the spread of the disease.

Martinique has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 which was announced on March 10.

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

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

The director of the (ARS) says 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:

As such, 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.

Speaking on this topic, the director of the Martinique Tourism Authority, François Languedoc-Baltus says: “It is very important that our guests be aware that the regional and tourism authorities are prepared and have taken in the last weeks all the necessary steps to prevent and contain the virus.”

He adds that Martinique has one of the best hospitals and healthcare systems in the Caribbean—on par with mainland France and the EU.

For updates and more information about the COVID-19 and the measures in place in Martinique, please visit the ARS website.


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