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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:49 pm 
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The following was posted early this evening on the "Aruba" Facebook page. What is very concerning is the number of those who are required to be in quarantine who are not. Also, very interesting is where the percentage of current positives are located. While this is somewhat lengthy, it's very informative.

Aruba Coronavirus update 9/15/20: Thanks to Ken Grille

Please read this entire announcement carefully before asking any questions. Also please understand that I am reporting information that is out there officially and if something is not included in this announcement I do not know anything further.
So sad to report today that two more Aruba locals have passed away due to Covid-19 since yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends. There have now been 22 Covid-19 related deaths in Aruba since this whole thing began back in March. 92 people (89 Aruba residents and three non-residents) have tested positive for the virus since yesterday’s numbers were released. 44 are added to the recovered list so the number of active cases on the island increases to 1520. (1,513 residents and 7 non-residents). All infected people are in isolation. 366 people have been tested since yesterday’s numbers were released, 239 residents and 127 non-residents at the airport. 35 Covid patients (all residents) are currently in the hospital, 24 in the Covid ward and 11 people are in ICU. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all for a speedy recovery and also to the doctors, nurses, and health care staff on the frontlines and at the hospital who are working tirelessly to help all patients.
At last night’s press conference the Aruba government stated that the clusters of Covid cases in Aruba are broken down as follows: Oranjestad 28%, Noord 26%, Paradera 15%, Santa Cruz:14%, Pos Chikito & Savaneta: 9% , San Nicolas & Brazil: 9%.
Current maximum capacity in ICU is 24 and maximum capacity on Covid wing is 60.
The Aruba government did state that there are some people still not following the rules and that this is hurting the island. There is now a task force of 80 people to check on people who are in quarantine/isolation. During their checks in the past few days they found 68 of 334 people were not home when they were supposed to be quarantined.
Doctors and medical specialists in Aruba are appealing to locals to please follow all the Covid protocols. According to them if the number of infections does not decrease and the number of severe covid-19 patients continues to increase, the hospital will soon be unable to provide safe care for all patients which will effect the entire island. The Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital is the island's only hospital to provide care for covid-19 patients, the only one with an intensive care unit. The pressure on the capacity of the hospital and the staff is increasing, the doctors write. Various scaling-up measures have been taken within the hospital in recent weeks. For example, operations and examinations that are not urgent are now postponed. They make an urgent appeal to the population to take this situation very seriously and to follow the imposed measures such as hand hygiene, keeping your distance and wearing face masks, and to adhere to the isolation and quarantine measures. They are urging people not to visit family and friends in the near future, not to go to parties or meetings, and to stay at home as much as possible. Following this will keep everyone safe.
There are no plans to close the borders. Please do not repeat or post rumors in this group. If a sentence starts with the words “I heard” do not post it. Again, if you are not 100 percent positive that information is accurate do not share it.

If anyone, either tourists or locals, sees that an establishment in Aruba is clearly violating Covid protocols (listed below), you can report this using the following e mail address:
EVERY tourist who I have spoken with or who has posted since the borders reopened has described an amazing experience visiting Aruba. They have described beautiful uncrowded pristine beaches, extremely happy, friendly, and grateful locals, and local establishments following all protocols (with no crowds) to make them feel safe. Most restaurants are serving with outdoor seating and most are doing take away and delivery as well. Please be careful and cautious and follow all protocols.

Below I am reviewing the list of measures that remain in place on the island and must be followed by all:
•All establishments such as restaurants and casinos must be closed by 11:00pm.
•Curfew in effect from 12:00am until 5:00am for all. Fine of 1,000 florin for anyone violating curfew.
•All bars, rumshops, and nightclubs are closed until further notice. Hotel bars or restaurant bars can serve at tables only. There will be no bar stools and no standing at bars.
•No live music activities with a band or a DJ are allowed. Live music is allowed at some establishments only as background music while people are eating.
•Casinos are open with social distancing and disinfecting restrictions. Face masks must be worn as is protocol for all indoor establishments. Bingo is not allowed. There is no smoking in casinos. Casinos at Riu Antilles and Eagle resorts are not open as both of these resorts are still closed temporarily. The casino at Holiday Inn closed permanently months ago.
•No parties are allowed even in private homes.
•The hospital is providing emergency care only. Elective care and day admissions which are temporary and not urgent will no longer take place. Only emergency surgeries will continue at the current time at the hospital. No elective surgeries will be performed until further notice.
•Face masks/face coverings are mandatory in all indoor establishments as well as in buses and taxis. They are recommended to be worn outside when people cannot properly social distance.
•No groups are allowed to form of over four people unless the group consists of a family from the same household. This includes gatherings in the beach which will be enforced by the police.
•Beach weddings are still allowed to happen but they must be on small scale (25 people maximum), no live music, with proper social distancing and hand sanitizing.
•No more visitors to retirement homes will be allowed.
•No indoor group sports; no contact sports of any kind (indoor or outdoor).
•Tables at restaurants can have a maximum of four seats (excluding children under the age of 12.) Tables must be at least 1.5m apart.
•Churches, funeral homes, gyms, and all other organizations must strictly enforce new protocols as stipulated by the Department of Health. No singing in church.
Tours and sailing trips can continue but it is advised that when people cannot properly social distance that they wear facemasks.

If you are looking for a place in the United States where you can get a Covid test, prior to traveling to Aruba, Julien De Bats (One Happy Photographer) has put together an invaluable website. It is an easy guide to locate rapid testing sites in your area. The user can just type in the name of the state where he or she lives, and with a click it immediately shows a list of locations to do the COVID-19 PCR Rapid Test and get the results within 72 hours or less. . Thank you Julien for doing this.

Aruba’s Public Health Management (DVG) has launched a health app for locals to aid with the process of giving test results for the virus. Aruba residents can find all the information for downloading this app and what to use it for at link below:…/directie-volksgezondheid-lanceert…
See for complete details and procedures on traveling to the island.
Please direct all inquiries to the Aruba government using the methods below. While I do not have the answers to your questions, they most certainly do.
If you have any specific questions regarding the procedures for flying to Aruba you can call the toll free hotline of Aruba Tourism Authority at 1-800-862-7822.

Also be sure to download the official Aruba Health App on your phone for important information. This is mandatory if you are being tested upon entry at the Aruba airport.
Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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