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Patronus Medical COVID-19 Update - 019

Posted by Kerri Wright on Jun 8, 2020 1:09:27 PM

4 June 2020

Current as of 2300 EDT/ 2000 PDT

 

Current COVID-19 Statistics:

5,810,946 - Worldwide Cases (125,791 increase, up 2%)*

2,872,731 - Worldwide Recovered

391,249 - Worldwide Fatalities

 

1,721,750 - U.S. Cases (21,140 increase, up 1%)*

485,002 - U.S. Recovered

108,211 - U.S. Fatalities

 

United States Locations

22,886 - Arizona Cases

122,168 - California Cases (2,820 increase, up 2.4%)*

655 - Hawai’i Cases

2,990 - Idaho Cases

539 - Montana Cases

375,133 - New York Cases (534 increase, up .5%)*

- 205,406 - New York City Cases (1,083 increase, up .2%)

9,129 - Nevada Cases

32,075 - North Carolina Cases

25,190 - Tennessee Cases

70,555 - Texas Cases (1,852 increase, up 3%)*

*Calculations based on previous day’s statistics

Daily Message:

 

Although a majority of U.S. states have begun easing restrictions on movement and are gradually reopening, a resurgence in infections could trigger modifications to health orders and a reinstatement of some restrictions. The U.S. and many other countries saw mass demonstrations this week; however, at this stage in the pandemic social distancing is still very much encouraged. If people are unable to guarantee physical distancing, a proper face covering - preferably medical grade - is strongly recommended. People must also be reminded to thoroughly sanitize their hands and clothes after being in a crowd. Internationally, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe look to reopen their borders to international visitors within the month, but travelers should expect mandatory health screenings and may be subject to COVID-19 testing. 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.

 

Important Updates:

International Desk

NORTH AMERICA - Travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada/Mexico’s land borders are in place until 22 June. Crossings are limited 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 equipped to conduct additional public health screenings.

 

CANADA - Figures indicate that infection rates are decreasing in Canada, however the Prime Minister continues to urge caution and social distancing. Click to view the government’s set of principles for reopening the economy.

  • Travelers (residents and foreigners) entering Canada via land or air must submit travel information upon Anyone 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.
  • Some provinces require visitors to self-isolate for 14 days irrespective of international or domestic arrival.

 

MEXICO - Mexico added another 1,000 deaths to its figures yesterday as the number of infections edged over 100,000. The authorities have begun lifting social distancing regulations for states that categorized orange; however, most areas remain red including Mexico City and the state of Baja California Sur with Zacatecas the only exception. Some restrictions were lifted 1 June for industries such as construction, mining, and public & private works. Mexico City continues to be the most adversely affected with over 27,000 cases and hospitals at 80% occupancy. The number of cases in the state of Baja California Sur remains low at 674 total infections with the majority of active cases found in the municipalities of Los Cabos (79) and La Paz (94).

  • 1 June stringent measures on movement were removed and states were given permission to lift bans on sectors based on their COVID-category: red, orange, yellow, and green.

 

UNITED STATES (U.S.) - Early in the week, the U.S. stated it would ban Chinese flights beginning 16 June; however, Beijing has since revised its coronavirus policy on foriegn airline carriers prompting the U.S. to reverse the ban in the coming days. U.S. airlines will be allowed to resume flights once per week to China. The Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) will bar any U.S. carrier if five passengers test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, flights carrying 10 or more infected passengers will be banned for a month.

  • 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) - The WHO announced positive news yesterday that scientists have not found the COVID-19 virus to be mutating into a more virulent or lethal form, but instead it has remained relatively stable.

 

AFRICA - The number of COVID-19 cases has topped 150,000 on the African continent. Some countries like Nigeria and South Africa have begun lifting restrictions, but many fear the lack of testing paints an inaccurate picture of the true infection rates.

 

ASIA - Many Asian countries have reduced infection rates to manageable figures; however, countries like India and Iran struggle to contain the outbreak. While nations remain reticent to open up their borders, travel ban policies are slowly being relaxed.

 

CHINA - The country reported five new infections today, all imported from overseas. China also recorded three new asymptomatic cases which are not counted in the government’s official infection tally. The much anticipated second

 

wave in China seems to be falling flat, at present the virus seems to have been contained to small pockets of imported cases and even fewer communally acquired infections.

 

INDIA - India now leads the continent with the greatest number of infections (226,713) and is not expected to peak until July. The country is currently under a strict lockdown.

 

IRAN - Iran was severely affected by the initial onset of the outbreak in February and March, but began easing lockdown measures in April. However, 3,134 cases were reported yesterday, 50% increase from the previous week.

 

JAPAN - The country ended its state of emergency last week achieving its target infection rate of 0.5 per 100,000. Authorities attribute success to attacking clusters of outbreaks and attacking the root cause, generally overcrowding in one particular area or facility.

 

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 - The first commercial flight since the start of the outbreak touched down in Antigua & Barbuda today. The country has reopened for tourism with some restrictions.

  • 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 is open, the following protocols are in place until 13 September:
    • All passengers are required to wear a mask.
    • Visitors are required to register with the Ministry of Health by filling out this form or calling

+1-268-462-2675 .

  • A Health Declaration Form must be completed prior to arrival. Port Health Authorities will administer health screenings and passengers will be monitored for COVID-19 accordingly. In some cases passengers may have to submit to a rapid COVID test at the airport or place of lodging.
  • A limited number of entrances/exits will be open to access terminals.
  • Only travelers and employees will be allowed entry into the terminals.
  • Online check-in is encouraged.
  • Passengers arriving by private sailing craft are subject to Port Health Authority regulations.
  • A state of emergency is in effect until 31 July.

 

THE BAHAMAS - The country moved into Phase III of reopening on 28 May. All Family Islands except Bimini, Grand Bahamas, and New Providence resumed normal activity on Tuesday. The 24 hour curfew has been lifted and replaced with a night time curfew from 2100-0500 (9pm - 5am) Monday - Friday, while weekend lockdowns will remain in effect. The Prime Minister has also resumed inter-island travel including air and sea traffic, for more details click here. For a complete list of the phased allowances, please reference the government’s announcement.

  • Curfew from 2100-0500 (9pm - 5am) Monday - Friday, complete curfew Friday at 2100 - Monday at 0500.
  • Parks and beaches are open except on Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, New Providence, Paradise Island, and San Salvador.
  • Domestic commercial air traffic will be permitted beginning 8 June.
  • 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.
  • Travel from some islands require passengers to complete a travel health form prior to departure.
  • International commercial travel is expected to recommence 1 July.

 

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (D.R.) - The president extended the current state of emergency until 13 June. The country is set to enter Phase II of reopening on 13 June when shopping centers will be allowed to open.

  • Public transportation is operating at 30% capacity.
  • A curfew is in place from 1900-0500 (7pm-5am) Monday - Saturday and 1700-0500 (5pm - 5am).
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask in public.
  • All air, land, and sea borders are closed until 13 June.

 

EUROPEAN UNION (E.U.) - Many European countries are coming out the other side of the outbreak and are eager to reopen their borders. Some countries like Germany have already said they will allow inter-European travel come mid-month, whereas countries heavily dependent on tourism, like Greece, hope to expand their list of welcomed tourists to outside of the E.U. by 1 July. Europe’s action plan to reopen its borders centers around providing guidance on ID border checks, health and sanitation protocols at hotels, and safety precautions for all modes of transportation. Visitors should expect additional screenings, use of contract-tracing apps, and the possibility of 14 day self-isolation periods upon arrival depending on the country’s policies.

  • Travel to the E.U. from outside of the bloc is restricted until 15 June, at the country’s discretion thereafter.

 

PORTUGAL - Portugal moved into phase III on 1 June, now movie theaters and concert halls are open with reduced capacity. Stores in Lisbon were allowed to open today, but limits on gatherings of 10 or few are still in effect in the nation’s capital. A complete list of the phased reopening strategy can be consulted here in Portuguse. The Foreign Minister maintains tourists will be welcome after 15 June and will not be subject to a mandatory quarantine; however visitors may be subject to health checks upon entry. The following protocols are still in effect:

  • Face masks are required in public;
  • social distancing is enforced; and
  • gatherings of up to 20 are prohibited.
  • Beaches will reopen 6 June.
  • 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.
  • The land border between Portugal and Spain is set to reopen 22 June.

 

SPAIN - Spain has begun a measured easing of restrictions. Restaurants and bars are expected to open 10 June and will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity. While some restrictions have begun easing in Barcelona, Grenada, Madrid, and Malaga, certain regions are permitted to graduate to Phase II or III.

  • The state of emergency has been extended until 21 June.
  • Face masks are required in public.
  • 1 July, foreigners will no longer be required to sit at mandatory 14-day quarantine.

 

Domestic Desk - This week The United States saw sweeping demonstrations in all 50 states. Many of these gatherings breach social distancing guidance for proper COVID-19 mitigation. While many participants and authorities alike could be observed wearing face coverings, concerns are being raised about the public health repercussions.

 

ARIZONA - The number of new cases rose by 530 today bringing the state’s total number of infections to over 22, 700, Maricopa County is the most affected with 11,229 infections. Governor Ducy has implemented a “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” executive order. Due to the recent riots, a curfew in effect every day from 2000-0500 (8pm - 5am) until 8 June.

  • Restaurant dine-in services are permitted.
  • Gyms and pools are open.
  • Anyone returning from an area with substantial community spread like New York City must quarantine for 14-days.

 

 

CALIFORNIA - Governor Newsom has expressed grave concern over the potential surge of new cases following a week of demonstrations. Some counties are already seeing an increase of new cases as a result of Memorial Day weekend when warmer weather drew people out of their homes. The state is currently in Phase II which 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. In addition to the existing stringent COVID-19 restrictions, the city and county of Los Angeles has issued a state of emergency this week. Phase III will see the reopening of personal care businesses like gyms, hair salons, and places of worship, but is not expected to be implemented for several months. Where 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.
  • Some counties like San Diego allow dine-in at restaurants with reduced occupancy.
  • Most beaches and parks have reopened, including public golf courses.

 

HAWAI’I - The state has entered the third impact level, “act with care,” which acknowledges some new infections, but minor impact on the public’s health and wellbeing. Infection rates remain low with just over 655 cases statewide. Medium-risk businesses are now permitted to reopen in the counties of O’ahu, Maui, and Kaua’i. A roadmap for reopening Hawai’i can be viewed here. The ban on inter-island travel will be lifted 16 June.

  • Travelers will be subject to temperature checks and required to fill out a health disclosure form.
  • 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.
  • Beaches and parks are open, commercial water activities are also open.
  • 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. Idaho is currently in Phase III, restrictions on non-essential travel and bars have been lifted. 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.
  • Gatherings of 50 or less are permitted; interim guidance for stages 2 - 4 can be found here.
  • Only individuals returning from high risk areas or states are required to quarantine for 14-days..

 

MONTANA - The state is currently implementing a “phased reopening”. Montana moved into Phase II on 1 June. Now gatherings will be limited to 50 persons and bars, casinos, and gyms are permitted to operate at 75% capacity. The governor does not anticipate the reopening of national parks until 15 June, but predicts that date could get extended.

  • Residents are asked to wear a mask or face covering in public.
  • Gyms, museums, and theaters are open, but must adhere to strict guidelines.

 

NEVADA - A ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ is in effect in the state. The state is currently in Phase II. Gyms, bar areas in restaurants, salons, museums and indoor venues like malls and theaters are open with capacity restrictions. Public gatherings of up to 50 people are also permitted. Retail stores can operate at 50% occupancy.

  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged in public.
  • Golf courses and tennis courts can open with modifications.
  • Casinos are open.

 

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. Long Island and the Mid-Hudson Valley regions can enter Phase I, New York City is expected to begin the initial phase of reopening 8 June. Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier have met the requirements to enter Phase II. Restaurants in counties that meet the criteria for Phase II will be allowed to have outdoor dining beginning today. The governor has released a guide to reopening entitled, New York Forward.

  • 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 until 8 June.
  • The stay-at-home order is in effect until 13 June.
  • Elective surgeries and non-essential dental services can recommence in most counties.

 

NORTH CAROLINA - North Carolina saw its largest single day increase in infections, with 1,189 new cases. The state has implemented a three phase plan to reopen. The state is currently under Phase II in which the stay-at-home order has been replaced with a safer-at-home recommendation; however the governor is considering a Phase 2.5 plan where bars and gyms may be able to open with restrictions. Some businesses like restaurants and salons are permitted to open at 50% occupancy.

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

 

TENNESSEE - Counties have been given authority to move into Phase II if they see fit. Knoxville and Nashville are in Phase II this which allows 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. In some counties, like Knoxville, bars have also been permitted to open with limitations.

Due to a spike in cases this week, mayors in certain cities such as Memphis are delaying a move into Phase III.

  • 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 - Effective 3 June, Texas moved into Phase III. Occupancy limits on religious services, childcare, and local government operations have been lifted.

  • Movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries can operate at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity and 75% beginning 12 June.
  • Outdoor gatherings greater than 500 are subject to restrictions.
  • Personal care facilities such as salons are no longer under occupancy restrictions.

 

Useful Precautions:

With the State beginning to reopen domestically and the possibility of international travel restarting as early as mid-month, it is important to remember some useful hygienic tips while flying. 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 well being 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.

 

Credible Information Sources:

 

 

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