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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:32 pm 
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Aruba Coronavirus update 6/29/20:

Breaking news: Sad to report that there are two new cases on the island. They are Aruba locals who reportedly returned from Colombia on a rescue flight about two weeks ago and have hopefully been in quarantine.

The Prime Minister just held a press conference to talk about this and she did say that they are still evaluating the entire situation regarding opening the borders to the U.S. and that decision could be delayed depending on how things proceed in Aruba in the U.S. with cases in the next week. A final last minute decision will be made as we get closer to July 10th.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:02 pm 
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Ladydb wrote:
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Aruba Coronavirus update 6/29/20:

Breaking news: Sad to report that there are two new cases on the island. They are Aruba locals who reportedly returned from Colombia on a rescue flight about two weeks ago and have hopefully been in quarantine.

The Prime Minister just held a press conference to talk about this and she did say that they are still evaluating the entire situation regarding opening the borders to the U.S. and that decision could be delayed depending on how things proceed in Aruba in the U.S. with cases in the next week. A final last minute decision will be made as we get closer to July 10th.


As you can imagine, this has inspired lots of questions and comments from potential visitors to Aruba in the Facebook groups. One question that has been repeatedly asked, and which I will answer here in advance - these people were returned on repatriation flights, before the new border reopening rules took effect. So no, they were not required to buy the insurance, or have the covid-19 tests before traveling (or on arrival). It's not that they weren't tested because they were South American, or Aruba residents, or anything like that - they just arrived before these rules were in place.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:04 pm 
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Correct. All 51 people on the plane with Arubans repatriated from the Netherlands last Saturday did have the PCR test on the airport. The testing went well. The prime minister said Aruba will be open for Dutch and some European countries from day after tomorrow with a maximum of 2.000 tourists a week.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:15 am 
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The prime minister said Aruba will be open for Dutch and some European countries from day after tomorrow with a maximum of 2.000 tourists a week.


So there is a limit to the number of people allowed in? How will one be "chosen" to be allowed in?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:56 am 
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The number of planes coming in have been limited per week. For example, Delta will be limited to 7 flights per week from Atlanta starting 7/10. There is a schedule on the airport 's website.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:34 am 
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With what is happening in many parts of the U.S. I would think Aruba would hold off allowing tourists from U.S. in. This isn't going to be over until we have a vaccine. Horrible situation for everyone.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:39 pm 
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I read on Facebook an e-mail supposedly from an Aruban official saying if someone from you plane tested positive at the Aruba Airport and he/she had been seated in near you on the plane, you too might have to be quarantined, regardless of your own test result.
Not good if that is the case.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:16 pm 
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I read on Facebook an e-mail supposedly from an Aruban official saying if someone from you plane tested positive at the Aruba Airport and he/she had been seated in near you on the plane, you too might have to be quarantined, regardless of your own test result.
Not good if that is the case.


Well, that is not exactly what Aruba government is saying. The question was if somebody on your plane tests positive, should all others on the flight go into quarantaine. The answer is that if somebody test positive, they will do a contact tracing process and will decide if other people on that plane will have to go in quarantaine. So it is not 100% sure you will have to go in quarantaine when you were seated near that person. But yes, there is a risk. I think everybody who decides to go to Aruba (or any other country) on a plane should be aware that social distancing is not possible, so you are risking getting ill or being asked to go into quarantaine.


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Last Saturday I'm socially distancing over a friends house and for a guy and his wife in his late 60's with no pre-existing conditions you would think I was just back from the Covid-19 ward. We had our own bathroom if we needed it. We stayed outside and short of blue tape on the grass we stayed far from each other.

He says he is not going on a plane or another country or stay in any hotels till there is a cure.

As for me there has been way too much talk that there will be a magic pill/shot that once taken will make you safe and impervious to Civid-19. I am not a scientist, nor specialist but as limited as my intelligence is I believe there will never be a true magic pill. They will likely come up with something like a flu shot. It will lessen the effects but just like the flu one can still be a carrier of the virus. Do I hope I am wrong about the magic pill of course but just saw a poll that 27% of US citizens will not take the "cure" and 60% say they likely will.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:29 am 
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Sint Maarten just decided not to open the island for tourists from the USA. The iskand should open up to American tourists today, but because of the rise in COVID infections, they decided last moment not to open the borders for them.


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If I read the news correctly, a 3rd positive case has been reported today (2 July) on the island. So there are 3 currently active...


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Here in NYC they have hired at taxpayer expense up to $60,000 a year 3,000 "contact tracers". Once you are diagnosed with Covid-19 you are to give the authorities the names and contact information on everyone you came in contact with. The contract tracers than call the people and ask them to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Now folks doesn't that sound so easy and logical. NOT!

People are not giving the information and if they have been to stores, saw people they don't know can't. They are finding of people called by the tracers majority hang up on them and when left a message/text never call back.

So I get my 72 hour test and it's negative. I feel GREAT!. I drop off my car and get on shuttle, on to airport, check in TSA line., United Club, 5 hour plane ride, Aruba immigration and lines, car rental, resort, Lings/Superfoods, check in at resort, my room, elevator. Next day (or so) I start to feel sick and get a temperature. Who gave it to me? How does Aruba find them.

The cases that are popping up in Aruba already I wonder what measures were or were not taken for the people to get to the island. Does Aruba feel that just because the Netherlands and other countries have low cases that they can't bring the Covid-19 to Aruba. That will be a major mistake.

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arubajoey wrote:
Here in NYC they have hired at taxpayer expense up to $60,000 a year 3,000 "contact tracers". Once you are diagnosed with Covid-19 you are to give the authorities the names and contact information on everyone you came in contact with. The contract tracers than call the people and ask them to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Now folks doesn't that sound so easy and logical. NOT!

People are not giving the information and if they have been to stores, saw people they don't know can't. They are finding of people called by the tracers majority hang up on them and when left a message/text never call back.

So I get my 72 hour test and it's negative. I feel GREAT!. I drop off my car and get on shuttle, on to airport, check in TSA line., United Club, 5 hour plane ride, Aruba immigration and lines, car rental, resort, Lings/Superfoods, check in at resort, my room, elevator. Next day (or so) I start to feel sick and get a temperature. Who gave it to me? How does Aruba find them.

The cases that are popping up in Aruba already I wonder what measures were or were not taken for the people to get to the island. Does Aruba feel that just because the Netherlands and other countries have low cases that they can't bring the Covid-19 to Aruba. That will be a major mistake.

And they don't have the proper doctors in place, just from my experience last year with doctor ding bat.


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I don’t think that Aruba thinks that people from the Netherlands and other countries win’t bring COVID to the island. But they try to contain it.

I guess it differs greatly where you live. I live in a high trust country. To give you an idea, in my region we have 340.000 inhabitants. We have 25 full time contact tracers. If somebody tests positive, they phone this person and yes, they are very succesfull in getting names of the people this person has been in contact during the last 48 hours for at least 15 minutes. And then these contract tracers phone those people and ask them to get a test immediately if they get symptomes. Only the people that live in the same house have to go into quarantaine. This is how we are able to keep the spread down.

We have most of our freedom to move around back since end of May. In my region during the month June we tested 4.001 people, of which 1% (41 persons) tested positive. The number of infections is still going down. This is because of this system of testing and tracing because we nip potential herds of infection in the bud.


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Thanks Ingrid...testing and tracing seems to be a key issue to containing the virus....hope USA does something about this soon

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