Friday 3 April, 2020

COVID-19: Management and Response Plans by Stage

There are four stages from zero to four as it relates to preparations, response and management of COVID-19.

See below:

Stage 0

General Preparedness: This is the response to anticipation of a pandemic period.

Stage 0: No COVID-19 cases have been detected in Barbados.

  • Enhanced surveillance at Ports of Entry.
  • Continued engagement and sensitisation of general population and strategic stakeholders.
  • Activation of the Health Emergency Operations Centre.
  • Preparation of quarantine facility and isolation facility.
  • Reviewing and enhancing the National Pandemic Preparedness Plan.
  • Briefing of National Emergency Operations Centre Sensitization.
  • Identification by various sectors of vulnerable operations and persons
  • Development of Continuity Plans for Government and the Private Sector.

Stage 1

Stage 1: Isolated case of COVID-19 detected in Barbados

  • Activation of National Emergency Operations Centre for national preparedness
  • Activation of Isolation Centre.
  • Preparation of severe treatment facility and Paragon, St. Lucy District Hospital or Field Medical Hospital for screening, quarantine and isolation.
  • Reconfiguring of polyclinics to facilitate local screening.
  • Advice on limiting mass gathering to reduce risk for local spread.

Stage 2

Stage 2: Confirmed human-to-human spread of COVID-19 in Barbados.

  • Small clusters in Barbados (‚ȧ 25 cases) with limited human-to-human spread, but spread is highly localized.
  • Continued sensitisation of general public.
  • Standing up of one supplementary facility for moderate cases requiring hospitalisation (schools and Field Medical Hospital.
  • Designated additional capacity for screening (churches, community centres,
  • schools).

Stage 3

Stage 3: Large clusters of COVID-19 human to human spread.

  • Increased and sustained transmission in the general population
  • Evidence of widespread locally and health services are overwhelmed (increase in visits of more than 10%) - State of Emergency Declared.
  • Cabinet members sequestered (isolated).
  • Additional supplementary hospitalisation facilities for moderate cases deployed. Prohibiting mass gatherings.
  • Persons without respiratory distress to self-isolate.
  • Recommend that ill workers get 5-7 days without sick leave form.

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