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Patronus Medical COVID-19 Update - 018 28 May 2020

Posted by Kerri Wright on May 29, 2020 11:45:02 AM

Current as of 2300 EDT/ 2000 PDT

 

 

Current COVID-19 Statistics:

5,810,946 - Worldwide Cases (192,117 increase, up 3.1%)*

2,416,528 - Worldwide Recovered

360, 308- Worldwide Fatalities

 

1,721,750 - U.S. Cases (39,957 increase, up 2.4%)*

298,418 - U.S. Recovered

94,402 - U.S. Fatalities

United States Locations

17,877 - Arizona Cases

103,813 - California Cases (1,768 increase, up 2%)*

647 - Hawai’i Cases

2,770 - Idaho Cases

485 - Montana Cases

366,733 - New York Cases (2,088 increase, up 1%)*

- 201,051 - New York City Cases (1,083 increase, up 1%)

8,248 - Nevada Cases

25,800 - North Carolina Cases

21,679 - Tennessee Cases

60,395 - Texas Cases (1,852 increase, up 3%)*

 

*Calculations based on previous day’s statistics

Daily Message:

 

The majority of U.S. states have begun easing restrictions on movement and are gradually reopening their economies. A few remaining high-risk pockets are still under lockdown, but an end of severely restrictive measures appear to be in sight. This scenario is being observed worldwide and countries are devising strategies to reopen their borders to international travel within the next month or two. However, travel for the foreseeable future will be changed, we should expect health screenings to become standard in airline, boat, and train travel. Disruption in international travel, at least at the onset, could be commonplace as countries may arbitrarily extend travel bans from certain regions or countries based on internal or international politics. Over the coming weeks and months, governments will assess domestic gains in the fight against COVID-19 which will shape policies pertaining to foreign travel. During these early days of rolling back restrictions it is imperative that industries take the appropriate steps to implement proper health and safety measures in order to prevent a resurgence of the disease or mass transmission from high risk zones to low risk areas.

 

Important Updates:

International Desk

NORTH AMERICA - Travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada/Mexico’s land borders will extend until 22 June. The three nations jointly agreed to limit land crossings between the countries to “essential travel” only. For a complete list of allowances please click here. Air and sea traffic is permitted between the countries, but flights may be routed to specific airports that are equipped to conduct additional public health screenings.

 

CANADA - Provinces are gradually reopening, but Prime Minister Trudeau still urges people to still stay home unless absolutely necessary. The Prime Minister has provided a set of principles for reopening the economy, certain industries have begun opening for business.

  • Travelers (residents and foreigners) entering Canada via land or air must submit travel information upon Everyone returning from outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14-days. Click here for entry requirements.
  • All air travelers must wear masks.
  • International flights are restricted to airports in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
  • Face coverings in public are required in most municipalities.

 

MEXICO - Mexico has edged over 81,000 cases today as death totals soar past 9,000. It is estimated that tens of thousands of cases have not been reported due to low testing rates and thousands of COVID-19 deaths have not been accounted for in Mexico City. Despite mounting active cases in the capital with over 15,000 infections and hospitals at 76% capacity, Mexico City is expected to begin a soft opening on 1 June with social distancing measures observed through 15 June. The number of cases in the state of Baja California Sur remains low at 568 total infections with the majority of active cases found in the municipalities of Los Cabos (54) and La Paz (77). The governor of Baja California Sur stated that the region is still classified as a “red” and will not be opening up on 1 June.

  • A stay-at-home order is in effect until 30 May.

 

UNITED STATES (U.S.) - In response to Brazil’s announcement on 22 May banning all foreigners from entering the country by air, land, or sea until 22 June, President Trump issued a proclamation on 26 May banning all travelers (except American citizens or permanent residents) by way of Brazil within the preceding 14-day period.

  • Many airlines within the United States are requiring temperature checks for staff and face masks for passengers prior to travel. Major airlines are also reducing load capacity until mid-July.

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) - In the wake of many nations easing lockdown restrictions, the WHO issued caution on Monday over an “immediate second peak” if countries roll back their COVID mandates too soon. The chief encouraged Europe and North America’s increased health precautions including social distancing measures, contact tracing, and widespread testing.

 

AFRICA - The number of COVID-19 cases stands at just under 125,000 on the continent. The WHO and other health experts continue to express concern that nearly quarter of a billion Africans could become infected with between 150,000 - 190,000 fatalities within the first year of the pandemic. Lack of testing continues to be a pervasive problem throughout the continent.

 

ASIA - Many Asian countries that were experiencing downward trajectories; however, pockets of cases keep popping up throughout the continent. Fortunately countries have become adept at identifying the cluster and taking the necessary precautions to contain the spread of the virus. That being said, countries in the region are experiencing different stages and severities of the disease, restrictions on international travel should be expected for the foreseeable future.

 

CHINA - Today, the country reported no new COVID-19 cases in mainland China, despite having reported upwards of 40 new cases per day in Wuhan earlier in the week. The state did however confirm five new asymptomatic cases today. Historically, China had not been reporting asymptomatic cases in their COVID totals, but has recently begun releasing data on these specific cases.

 

INDIA - The country has overtake China (4,638) on the number of COVID-related fatalities, bringing its total to 4,711. The death toll has quadrupled in less than a month and accelerated by more than 1,000 in the past week. India now leads the continent with the greatest number of infections (165,386) and is not expected to peak until July. The country is currently under a strict lockdown.

 

JAPAN - Tokyo, the capital city will begin easing restrictions on business coming 1 June. The city will enter stage 2 of its reopening plan. In this phase gyms, movie theaters, and shopping malls will be permitted to open.

 

SOUTH KOREA - The country continues to struggle with new community acquired cases of COVID-19. On Wednesday, 58 new cases were reported, the largest single day increase since 5 April. Many of these infections can be traced back to a distribution center in Bucheon, just west of Seoul. The capital city has decided to temporarily close down public museums and parks, while it considers enforcing stricter social distancing measures for the second time this year.

 

CARIBBEAN - The region appears to have successfully dodged the curve of COVID-19. Countries anxious to kickstart their economies and resume tourism are devising strategies on how to safely open up their border to foreign travelers.

 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA - Retailers are now permitted to conduct business during non-curfew hours as long as strict social distancing practices are in place. Beaches are also open from 0500-1900 with some restrictions. For a complete list of allowances, visit the government’s updated reference page.

  • A curfew from 21:00 - 05:00 (9pm - 5am) is in effect until 12 June.
  • Face masks are required in public including markets and grocery stores.
  • VC Bird International Airport will reopen to commercial traffic on 1 June. Private planes may be permitted at this time with special governmental approval.
    • Restrictions at embarkation and debarkation will be imposed. Passengers must submit to a COVID rapid test to prove no evidence of disease upon arrival. Residents must sit a mandatory 14 day quarantine and guests must confine themselves to hotels/resorts and limit interaction with
    • Persons with a travel history to: Canada, China, Europe, Iran, South Korea, Singapore, and the S. within the past 28 days WILL NOT be permitted into the country.
  • A state of emergency has been extended until 31 July.

 

THE BAHAMAS - The country is entering Phase II and the resumption of commercial activity on Cat Island, Long Island, Abaco, and Andros. Further allowances for pharmacies, recreation, and hardware stores can be viewed here. The Prime Minister is looking to resume commercial travel into the country on or before 1 July. For a complete list of the phased allowances, please reference the government’s announcement and the Emergency Powers Order.

  • There is a 24 hour curfew in place until 30 May, essential activities are permitted.
  • Grocery shopping is strictly regulated and allowed on days based on the first letter of a person’s last name.
  • A total lockdown is in effect every weekend in May (2100 Friday - 0500 Monday), all stores will be closed.
  • Airports, beaches and seaports remain closed. Commercial air travel is set to recommence 1 July.
  • Individuals can apply for a COVID-19 Authorization Travel Card for travel to specific Family Islands. People must register with the Ministry of Health, click here for the application or here for further information.

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (D.R.) - Today the opposition party inside the D.R. declared it will not vote to extend the lockdown for the fourth time. The mandate is set to expire 1 June. The country is set to enter Phase II of reopening on 3 June when shopping centers will be allowed to open.

  • Public transportation resumed with the ability to operate at 30% capacity.
  • The curfew has been amended, residents must stay home from 1900-0500 (7pm-5am) Monday - Saturday and from 1700-0500 (5pm - 5am) on Sunday until 1 June .
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask in public.
  • All air, land, and sea borders are closed until 1 June.

 

EUROPEAN UNION (E.U.) - The European Commission proposed a €750 Billion plan to help finance the economic recovery from the fallout of the virus, it must however get approval from all 27-countries. Furthermore in an effort to jumpstart the tourism

industry, the European Commission has released an action plan to reopen its borders. The plan centers around providing guidance on ID border checks, health and sanitation protocols at hotels, and safety precautions for all modes of transportation. While the news is positive, visitors should expect additional screenings, use of contract-tracing apps, and the possibility of 14 day self-isolation periods upon arrival depending on predetermined agreements with the country of origin.

  • Travel to the E.U. from outside of the bloc is restricted until 15 June.

 

PORTUGAL - Portugal is currently in its second phase of reopening in which bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, and other cultural centers are open. The third phase is expected to commence on 1 June and beaches will reopen on 6 June. A complete list of the phased reopening strategy can be consulted here in Portuguse. The Foreign Minister announced that tourists will be welcome after 15 June and will not be subject to a mandatory quarantine; they will however have to undergo health checks upon entry. The following protocols are still in effect:

  • Face masks are required in public;
  • social distancing is enforced; and
  • gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited.
  • There is still a legal obligation to self-quarantine if an individual has tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

SPAIN - Spain has begun a measured easing of restrictions in two week blocks until 10 June, but its State of Alarm will remain in effect until at least 7 June. Restaurants and bars are expected to open then and will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity. While some restrictions have begun easing in Barcelona, Grenada, Madrid, and Malaga, certain regions will be permitted to graduate to Phase II or III on 1 June.

  • Face masks are required in public.
  • Border crossings with Portugal are prohibited and have been extended indefinitely.
  • 1 July, foreigners will no longer be required to sit at mandatory 14-day quarantine.

 

Domestic Desk - The U.S. now has recorded over 100,000 COVID-related fatalities, despite the figures, states continue to ease restrictions. Many states have implemented social distancing and the use of face masks in public, but beyond that protocols and regulations differ from state to state and regionally as well. In an effort to assist those industries with safely reopening their doors, the CDC expanded this guidance in a comprehensive 60-page document detailing safe practices for businesses, public transportation, restaurants, schools, and several other key industries (Appendixes C & F).

 

ARIZONA - Governor Ducy has implemented a “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” executive order.

  • Restaurant dine-in services are permitted.
  • Gyms and pools are open.
  • Public parks remain open, social distancing is encouraged. The Grand Canyon has started gradually reopening.

 

  • Anyone returning from an area with substantial community spread like New York City must quarantine for 14-days.

 

CALIFORNIA - While the state has started easing restrictions, Los Angeles reported an alarming spike in cases on Tuesday with 1,843 new infections. The state is currently in Phase II with more counties meeting eligibility to move into this phase. Phase II involves a tempered easing of workplace restrictions for industries where teleworking is not possible. Officials have amended an earlier requirement to demonstrate two weeks without a COVID-related death before lifting the lockdown measure. Los Angeles County has not yet met the requirements to permit dine-in food or other allowances until Phase II. The third phase consists of opening personal care businesses like gyms, hair salons, and places of worship, but is not expected to be implemented for several months. Finally, Phase IV will open the “highest risk parts of the economy” i.e. concerts and live audience sporting events. For a real time update on California’s current phase, please click here.

  • A statewide stay-at-home order is in place, non-essential movements are still discouraged.
  • Bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores are open for curbside pick up.
  • Most beaches and parks have reopened, including public golf courses.

 

HAWAI’I - Currently the state is unders a safer-at-home order and infection rates remain low with just over 647 cases statewide. Medium-risk businesses are now permitted to reopen in the counties of O’ahu, Maui, and Kaua’i, this includes: places of worship, outdoor tour activities, salons and barbershops, public pools, and one-on-one fitness services. A roadmap for reopening Hawai’i can be viewed here.

  • Residents are currently under a safer-at-home order until 31 May.
  • Travelers are required to self-isolate for 14 days, including inter-island travel until 30 June.
  • Essential employees are mandated to wear a face mask while at work.
  • Beaches and parks are open for exercise.
  • Restaurant dine-in services will be permitted at 50% capacity.
  • Honolulu will remain under a stay-at-home order until 30 June with some minor concessions.

 

IDAHO - The governor has set in motion a four step plan to reopen the state that will continue through 13 June. Phase II of the plan commenced on 16 May and Phase III, expected 30 May, will see the ban lifted on non-essential travel and bars. Phase IV will see the resumption of large events. Click here for guidance on reopening bars and here for outdoor pools.

  • A stay-healthy order was implemented on 1 May requiring businesses to adhere to social distancing requirements.
  • Personal care businesses like gyms, restaurants, and salons are open.
  • Social gatherings must be 10 or less, interim guidance for stages 2 - 4 can be found here.
  • Anyone entering Idaho must self quarantine for 14 days.

 

MONTANA - The state is currently implementing a “phased reopening”. On 19 May, the governor announced that the state will move into Phase II on 1 June. During this phase gatherings will be limited to 50 persons and bars, casinos, and gyms will be permitted to operate at 75% capacity.

  • Residents are asked to wear a mask or face covering in public.
  • Gyms, museums, and theaters are open, but must adhere to strict guidelines.
  • Anyone entering Montana must self quarantine for 14 days, this will be lifted on 1 June.

 

NEVADA - A ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ is in effect in the state. Industry-specific guidance can be viewed here. During Phase I, face masks in public are encouraged, telework is recommended if possible, and contact with vulnerable populations is not advised. Phase II is set to begin on 29 May when gyms, bar areas in restaurants, salons, museums and indoor venues like malls and theaters can reopen with capacity restrictions. Public gatherings of up to 50 people will also be permitted until this phase.

  • Travelers into the state are urged to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Retail stores are allowed to provide pick up services.

 

  • State parks near Las Vegas are closed, other state parks are open for day use.
  • Golf courses and tennis courts can open with modifications.
  • Casinos are set to open on 1 June.

 

NEW YORK - As part of the phased reopening strategy districts may enter into Phase I once they have met three criteria: a decline in new hospitalizations, an increase in the total available hospital and ICU beds. Eight counties in New York have met these benchmarks and have begun reopening. Downstate, including New York City and the six southern counties continue to see the highest numbers of infections and are not included in Phase I at this time. The governor has released a guide to reopening entitled, New York Forward. This week the governor announced that sports teams may commence spring training.

  • Employers of essential employees must provide cloth or surgical masks if employees engage with the public.
  • New Yorkers must wear face coverings in public and remain under lockdown.
  • The stay-at-home order has been extended until 13 June.
  • Religious gatherings of 10 or less can recommence today.

 

NORTH CAROLINA - North Carolina saw its largest single day increase in infections on A three phase plan to reopen the state is currently in place. The state is currently under Phase II in which the stay-at-home order has been replaced with a safer-at-home recommendation. Some businesses like restaurants and salons are permitted to open at 50% occupancy, while others like bars and gyms remain closed.

  • Gatherings of 10 or less inside and less than 25 outside are now permitted.
  • Masks must be worn in public.

 

TENNESSEE - The state is currently in Phase I of reopening which allows retailers and dine-in restaurants to open at 50% capacity. Counties have been given authority to move into Phase II 19 May if they see fit. Knoxville and Nashville entered Phase II this week which has allowed retailers and restaurants to operate at 75% capacity, live music venues to open with 25 or fewer people, and gyms and salons to open at 50% capacity. Bars are still closed during this phase.

  • People are urged to wear masks in public, essential employees must wear masks.
  • Telework and social distancing are encouraged.
  • The state of emergency has been extended until 30 June.

 

TEXAS - The state is currently in Phase II of its plan to reopen which will allow bars to operate at 25% capacity. For timelines of other industries permitted to open under Phase II, click here.

  • Movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries can open at 25% capacity.
  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity.
  • State parks and beaches are open, but park goers are required to wear a mask and stay in groups of five or less.
  • Salons and other personal care facilities are open.

 

Useful Precautions:

With the states beginning to reopen domestically and the possibility of international travel restarting as early as next month, it is important to remember some useful hygienic tips while flying in order to stay healthy. Airlines for America has compiled a number of useful tips for travelers. For further information check out their convenient one-page “Fly Healthy, Fly Smart” infographic or website.

 

  1. Fly Healthy - steps airlines are taking to ensure your wellbeing while traveling
    • Require face coverings for staff.
    • Using HEPA filtration systems.
    • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces at the airport (counters, gate areas, and kiosks).
    • Sterilizing areas with electrostatic sprayers and foggers.
    • Sanitizing commonly touched surfaces on board the aircraft (arm rests, seat buckles, etc.).
    • Reducing touchpoints like beverage service.

 

  1. Fly Smart - Steps you can take to stay healthy when flying.
    • Wear a mask or face covering (over nose and mouth).
    • Use a smartphone to check in.
    • Do not fly if you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands often, for a minimum of 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

 

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