Covid-19: The number of cases in St-Martin and Saint-Barth continues to increase!


As we told you yesterday, the incidence rate in the northern islands has been increasing for two consecutive weeks, the situation becoming worrying according to the health authorities.

From January 11 to 17, 72 new cases of Covid-19 were identified in the French part against 44 the previous week. Among these 72 people who tested positive, 53 are residents of Saint-Martin.

Taking into account the consolidated data from previous weeks, this brings to 1 the number of cumulative cases of coronavirus confirmed in the territory.

The Louis-Constant Fleming hospital remains very mobilized for the management of the crisis. As of January 19, 2 confirmed Covid patients were hospitalized in the establishment's medical service after a peak of 9 hospitalized patients the previous weekend.

722 additional tests were carried out (PCR and antigens carried out by healthcare professionals in the territory), for a total of 13 tests recorded873.

It should be noted that the antigenic drive carried by the Red Cross (Hope-Estate), meanwhile, carried out 789 antigenic tests over the last week (for 7 positive), which are also recorded.

The drive activity continues at Saint-Martin hospital, making it possible to offer a PCR screening offer which is now the only recognized test for travelers, except for Air France passengers via Juliana to Charles de Gaulle who may present an antigen test. To cope with the influx of patients, it will now be open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday to Friday.

The drive led by the Red Cross, accessible at Hope Estate, is reserved for travelers and tourists staying on the French side. He now does PCR tests in the morning, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., then antigenic tests from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for PCR tests.

The weekly incidence rate is above the alert threshold and increasing with a rate of 201/100 000 inhabitants during the week of January 11 to 17 (against 123/100 000 inhabitants the previous week).

The weekly positivity rate is increasing and has reached the alert threshold, it is now 10% (against 6,6% the week before).

All these indicators confirm an active circulation on the territory. We must therefore maintain a high level of vigilance, knowing that this week the most affected age group remains that of 45-64 years.

The increase in the number of new cases calls for increased vigilance in the height of the tourist season. The opening up of the territory to foreign tourists, the emergence of new, more contagious variants circulating, the increase in the number of air rotations are all risk factors, which could soon lead to a massive increase in the number of cases.

The entire population is therefore called upon to take maximum precaution and increasingly respect barrier gestures.

Note that 50 new cases were recorded in Saint-Barth from January 11 to 17.


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  1. Joel Sobodker January 22, 2021 at 09:16 pm Reply

    What shocks me in the Covid 19 cases in Saint Martin. It is this disinformation on the part of the Territorial Councilor MR RAJ CHARBHE who tells me face to face: "there is no Covid 19 in our island" ... ..
    Who to believe?
    The electoral lists should be cleaned up of all these unqualified people who abuse power to misinform the People of SXM.
    Because this disinformation is killing people on our island!

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