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    a very good sign of flattening the curve.
    Arawak...thank you for contributing such needed information here.
    stay well

    Quote Originally Posted by Arawak View Post
    Just like a few days ago, we have another day where the positives stay the same, at 55. According to the minister of health 60 tests were performed yesterday and all came back negative. We have one of the highest test per capita worldwide according to the minister. He mentioned South Korea, Germany and Taiwan as examples.
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    That's great news, Arawak. I hope and pray it continues for you and all the wonderful people of Aruba.


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    Stu and I had individually, not knowing the other did it, emailed Rachel from Prestige yesterday. Currently most of them are working from home. Two are working at Oceania in units. They are paying everyone their normal salary for the months of April, May and June even though the government says they do not have to do so. She also said most people are happy getting credit for future stays and only 5% are demanding their money returned. She said she goes grocery shopping about once a week, but there are still too many idiots, which she called (cov)idiots (I love that term).

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    Corona/COVID19 Virus-covid_sh-jpg

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    News just came in that 14 people have recuperated! Counting the 1 from yesterday, these are the first ones to have recuperated since the first one(the American who was flown to California). Aruba has been incredibly lucky so far with no deaths. We are the only island in the Caribbean with 20+ cases(15+ islands) and above who have yet to record a death by covid-19.

    The reason they took this long to recover is that according to the minister of health, we have a very sensitive type of test used that many other countries are not using. As such it takes longer for the test to come out with zero traces of the virus.
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    Wonderful news! We will continue to pray for the people of our beloved Aruba as I know you are all praying for us here in the US. This is our "9/11" time but is even worse.


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    It’s nice to see the young people in our area paying attention to the stay at home and social distancing. The girl across the street who is a senior in high school is sitting on her porch, hanging out with a friend who is sitting 10 feet away on the sidewalk.

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    Update April 11th, 2020 | 2 pm

    COVID-19 Update
    • 92 positive
    • 29 recovered: therefore 63 active cases
    • 1026 negative
    • 1118 tested
    • 109 in quarantine
    • Youngest 6 years - oldest 79
    • Hospital: 2 remain in ICU


    Shelter in Place on Easter holiday:
    • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday everything is closed. Exceptions: gas stations (7am – 7pm) , food take away/delivery (11am – 7pm) and doctor, pharmacy.
    • Watersports and fishermen boats are not allowed out during these two days
    • Excercise is allowed, but avoid crowds. Swim at beach is allowed, go home immediately after.


    Minister of Health:
    • 12 additional ICU beds arrived from Netherlands. Aruba now has 33 ICU beds.
    • Aruba strategy is working based on more active testing, isolation of positive cases, good contact tracing and quarantine measures.
    • More tests have been ordered.
    • An app has been developed and will be launched to help control quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing.
    • An exit strategy can not be considered until contagion rate is under control, recovery of positive patients, adequate hospital capacity exists.
    • Aruba is developing guidelines for the next steps.
    • Aruba is one of few countries that will do tests with convalescent plasma treatment, as there is evidence it could be an effective treatment for critical patients. The treatment will be handled by Specialist Dr. Zaheeb Choudry.


    Dr. Zaheeb Choudhry, Internist Nephrologist:
    • Convalescent plasma therapy involves transfusing certain components from the blood of people who have had the COVID-19 virus and recovered into people who are very sick with the virus or people who are at high risk of getting the virus. This treatment helps them recover faster.
    • International protocol is that you must wait 14 days after a positive patient has recovered before they can donate their blood. Aruba tests will involve plasma that has a certain amount of antibodies. Only plasma from men will be used and the blood/ plasma transfusion will follow existing protocols, with assistance of Aruba Blood Bank.
    • Aruba will share data and results with other countries also doing these tests. Plasma treatment has existed for over 50 years; and is now being used to do test treatments on COVID-19 patients.

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    This Corona thing gets closer daily. I was talking with my coworker yesterday and his Aunt is in the hospital with Corona now....and I just found out one of the supervisors we know at the Ritz has been diagnosed with it as well but is recovering well at home thankfully. My coworkers aunt is not doing nearly as well...praying for a cure soon!

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    From a friend "My oldest granddaughter told her mom last night that they had to slaughter a lamb and brush the blood on the door so the COVID 19 would pass them by." The dad said she must have been paying attention in church".

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