If we do not change course, we will move from crisis to catastrophe. The Bahamas needs more testing to stop COVID transmission. Your ability to protect yourself and your family should not depend on your income. It’s time for free testing for any Bahamian concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19.
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Make free testing available to Bahamians. Expand testing centres and add rapid antigen testing to our arsenal. Test results should be returned within 24 hours.
Hire and train new contact tracers in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Eleuthera, Abaco, and Exuma. Deploy a minimum of 250 tracers in Nassau. Speed up alerts to those who have been exposed to a positive case. Engage a mobile team that can be deployed to oversee contact tracing on any island as needed.
Protect families and communities by providing safe, comfortable facilities for COVID-positive individuals who have mild or no symptoms and need a place to stay until they are no longer infectious.
Secure therapeutic medicines to reduce severity and duration of COVID illness. Expand personnel and hospital capacity. Ensure all clinics on Family Islands have necessary medical supplies, including oxygen, to support COVID patients until they can be evacuated to the hospital.
Protect doctors, nurses and hospital staff with sufficient Personal Protective Equipment. Improve protocols to shield non-COVID hospital patients from exposure to the virus.
Begin a major public education campaign that includes updated information about how COVID-19 spreads. Advertise information about flu vaccines and mental health resources.
Infectious virus particles can accumulate in poorly ventilated indoor spaces and lead to superspreading events. Move as much activity as possible outdoors, and improve indoor air in schools, health care settings, homes, workplaces, and churches using ventilation and air filtration.
Expand the Competent Authority to include a range of experts. Enforce rules fairly and equitably. Track the country’s positivity rate on the dashboard so the nation’s progress can be easily assessed by citizens.
Some people continue to experience a wide range of symptoms months after they’ve “recovered”; the Ministry of Health should track COVID recoveries and provide support.
Deliver emergency cash support to enable people to buy food and water and pay for gas and electricity. Support small business payrolls. Work with landlords and banks so people can stay in their homes.