First documented case of coronavirus in the Bahamas

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Immediate release
March 15 th 2020

For the last month the official opposition has been asking the government to outline its official plan to address this pandemic and to assure the general public that the country is ready to address the public healthcare crisis at all our boarders, healthcare facilities and schools.

A few hours ago the ministry of health announced the first documented case of Covid 19 in our country and we must put all protocols in action.

In addition to the measures suggested by the PLP in a previous statement, we call on the government to invest in infrared thermometers to screen travelers at all ports of entry.

Additionally, the PLP suggest that the government discontinues it policy of utility disconnection of water and electricity services. This practice is consistent with established guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Bahamians are encourage to avoid large gatherings, especially in enclosed areas.

Avoid close contact where possible with people exhibiting flu-like symptoms; the suggested distance is six feet or two meters.

Bahamians are also encouraged to self quarantine if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

In an abundance of caution, persons are advised to keep well sanitized and disinfected, all surfaces such as counter tops, tables and desks; all communications devices (including cell phones, i-pads, laptops, Kindles etc), and door knobs at work, in public facilities and at home.

From the epidemiology and global tracking statistics of Covid 19, it was predicted weeks ago that this virus would find its way to our shores. We were all prewarned and all Bahamians must take all precautionary measures.

The official opposition has called for a bipartisan approach in addressing this global pandemic.

Again, the PLP remains ready and willing to assist wherever possible to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our people.