Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Almost Doubled in 2 Days In Guadeloupe

The number of COVID-19 cases in Guadeloupe has almost doubled in two days, jumping from 18 to 33 confirmed cases between March 16th and March 18th, 2020.

Guadeloupe now has the highest number of confirmed cases in the Caribbean Region.

Number of Cases of COVID-19 in Guadeloupe over the last 8 days. Data: ARS Guadeloupe
Number of Cases of COVID-19 in Guadeloupe over the last 8 days. Data: ARS Guadeloupe

Contact tracing is underway by ARS and Santé Publique France. In Guadeloupe, the epidemic threshold of 10 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants could be reached in the coming days. 

According to the March 18th Situation Report from Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS) Guadeloupe, 4 of the 33 patients are hospitalized with one in intensive care.

Contact tracing is underway by ARS and Public Health France.

Given the spread of the disease in Guadeloupe, authorities are now adapting a strategy for screening, the prefecture said in a press release.

The main principles include the systematic screening of hospitalized people, screening of people at risk following a medical evaluation, screening of professionals essential to the continuity of service to the population, among others.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19?

If you have traveled to or had close contact with someone who traveled to a country where COVID-19 was present and develops a fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties and/or acute diarrhea, do the following:

  1. If you develop a mild cough of low-grade fever (temperature of 37.3 degrees Celcius or more), stay at home and self-isolate. Avoid close contact with family members
  2. Contact your area health center or County Medical Officer of Health, giving them details of your recent travel or exposure and the symptoms you’re experiencing.
  3. Do avoid visiting private institutions and doctors’ offices.
Persons to call for advice regarding suspected cases of COVID-19
Persons to call for advice regarding suspected cases of COVID-19

Following contact with the Ministry of Health, officers will visit your home for the following:

  • To have samples taken from you for the confirmation of the virus (which will be tested by CARPHA).
  • To assess your symptoms and recommend medication safe to have. It is best to avoid aspirin or aspirin based medication until you are assessed.
  • Arrange transfer to a hospital facility if your condition requires supportive care and management.

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