Remarks by Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands at COVID-19 Update Press Conference
Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands Minister of Health COVID-19 Update Press Conference, The Ministry of Health, Sunday, 22 March, 2020 Good afternoon, Today I would like to provide an update on the COVID-19 coronavirus in The Bahamas. As of Sunday, 22nd March, the Ministry of Health has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. […]
Seven people are in a quarantine facility. Thirty-five people have been released from quarantine.
These three cases are contacts of the first case. The Ministry of Health is aggressively conducting contact-tracing with people who were in contact with those infected with the virus.
Two thousand five hundred test kits are expected to be in New Providence by mid-week.
Our partner the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is helping to build lab capacity and continues to assist in sourcing additional test kits.
The Doctors Hospital facility on Blake Road, which will be used to treat ill COVID-19-positive patients, will come on stream tomorrow.
The call centre is reserved for COVID-19-related questions. It is not for general medical questions unrelated to COVID-19. We ask members of the public to only call with COVID-19-related questions.
When calling please have your NIB number available.
We also want to emphasize that this call centre is not for medical emergencies. Call 911 for all medical emergencies.
We want to thank the brave and dedicated health workers across the country who are on the frontline day and night fighting to keep Bahamians safe. We value your sacrifices and service.
- Stay home if you feel ill and have fever and/or respiratory symptoms;
- If you have cold- or flu-like symptoms and think you need to see a physician, call ahead first to alert them that you are coming;
- Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water;
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then discard it. Or, cover your mouth and nose with your upper sleeve;
- Refrain from touching your face.
Follow the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Orders announced by the Prime Minister to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Social distancing is keeping away from others as much as is possible. Effective social distancing is critical to us stopping the spread of this virus.
- Don’t congregate at hang-out spots or on in the neighbourhood.
- Don’t entertain visitors and family members in your home.
- When standing on line, maintain a 3 to 6 feet distance from the person in front of you or behind you.
Stay at home unless you have to go out for essential items or if you are an essential services or health worker.
The success to which The Bahamas controls this pandemic is not dependent on just the health sector response but on each and every one of us doing our part. From the youngest child to the oldest citizen. We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of this deadly virus.
Information is critical. I would also like to remind the public to get your information about the virus from official Government sources and reputable and trusted media.