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04 déc. 2020 | 08h49 UTC

Caribbean: Countries and territories continue to report COVID-19 disease as of early November /update 11

Antigua and Barbuda Alerte de sécurité

Caribbean countries and territories continue to report cases of coronavirus disease as of early November. Maintain basic health precautions.

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/12/2020, 8h49 until 4/2/2021, 11h59 (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Saint Barthélemy, Bermuda, Caribbean Netherlands, Bahamas, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, United States Minor Outlying Islands, United States, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands

Event

Several countries and territories in the Caribbean continued to report coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission through November 2020. According to data through Nov. 29 from the World Health Organization (WHO), the following countries and territories in the Caribbean have identified confirmed COVID-19 cases:

No active cases:

  • Montserrat: Last reported confirmed case: July 29

  • Anguilla: Last reported confirmed case: April 4

Sporadic cases:

  • Cayman Islands: 274 cases**

  • Saint Lucia: 246 cases

  • Antigua and Barbuda: 141 cases

  • Saint-Barthelemy: 127 cases

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 85 cases

  • Grenada: 41 cases

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: 22 cases

Clusters of cases:

  • Cuba: 8,173 cases*

  • Bahamas: 7,496 cases

  • Turks and Caicos Islands: 748 cases

  • Barbados: 270 cases*

  • Bermuda: 247 cases

  • Dominica: 85 cases**

  • British Virgin Islands: 72 cases

Community transmission:

  • Dominican Republic: 142,653 cases*

  • Puerto Rico: 51,581 cases

  • Jamaica: 10,669 cases

  • Haiti: 9,264 cases

  • Guadeloupe: 8,344 cases

  • Trinidad and Tobago: 6,586 cases

  • Aruba: 4,791 cases

  • Martinique: 5,413 cases

  • Curacao: 2,046 cases

  • US Virgin Islands: 1,538 cases

  • Sint Maarten: 1,041 cases

  • Saint Martin: 690 cases

  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba: 161 cases

*As of Nov. 29, these countries are reporting increases in the number of active cases.

Additional cases may be added to this list at any time, as disease surveillance and testing continues.

Context

Additional cases may be added to this list at any time as disease surveillance and testing continues.

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Human-to-human transmission does occur, primarily through respiratory droplets from infected individuals or contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms typically include fever, fatigue, and dry cough; less common symptoms include headache, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, reddening of the eyes, skin rash, or discoloration of the fingers or toes. Symptoms may worsen to difficulty breathing, pneumonia, and organ failure - especially in those with underlying, chronic medical conditions. Some infected individuals display no symptoms.

Older individuals and people of any age with chronic medical conditions or compromised immunity should consider postponing nonessential travel, including domestic travel, and take special precautions to avoid becoming ill, especially where sustained community transmission of COVID-19 is ongoing. All individuals should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.

Advice

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources

WHO coronavirus knowledge baseUS CDC: Guidance for Businesses and EmployersUS CDC: Preventing COVID-19 Spread in CommunitiesMental Health Considerations during COVID-19 OutbreakUS CDC: Manage Anxiety and StressUS CDC Global COVID-19 Travel Health NoticeWHO: Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19

 

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