Coronavirus: authorities ready to react if a case is confirmed in Guadeloupe or the Northern Islands

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After confirming the presence of three cases of coronavirus in France last Friday, the Health Agency of Guadeloupe, St-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy announced that it would relay the measures recommended by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health .

The regional health agency reacted immediately after the confirmation of a third case of coronavirus infection in France, Friday evening.

The ARS implements locally the measures recommended by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. Travel information posters were  set up last Friday at the airports of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. A display will also be made in the ports.

  Travelers from China

Recommendations have been issued for travelers from China. In case of symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), you must put on a mask, use disposable tissues, wash your hands and quickly contact the Samu center 15. Do not wait, do not leave his place of residence to consult a doctor or to go to the emergency room.

The SAMU will pick up the patient, if he considers it necessary, to take him to the hospital where he will be placed in an isolated room until confirmation or not of the case.

  All health services are mobilized

The SAMU of Guadeloupe is warned about the conduct to be followed as well as the infectious and tropical diseases service of the CHU. In addition, the ARS sent a message to healthcare establishments and general practitioners by sending them national recommendations. They can contact the SAMU and / or contact the referral infectiologist from the CHU if necessary.

Any report of possible cases must be transmitted by the health professionals without delay to the ARS which ensures a penalty on this subject. The public intervention unit (CIRE) of Public Health France will participate in the validation of cases and in monitoring the evolution of the situation alongside the ARS.

  Responding to public concern

To answer any questions from the population, the regional health agency has set up a Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Coronavirus 2019 n-Cov is available at the following address: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/ coronavirus

The ARS ensures that the population will be informed if cases of patients are confirmed on the territory. New measures could then be implemented in addition to these first actions.

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