Loids Oyuela and Kirsty Doig have done their best to summarize the Governor's live video chats from 1 APRIL, 2020. 16th transmission, 17th day of RED ALERT. We are returning to two separate videos. First Spanish. Second English.Once we have the Spanish translation we will post it as well.
❤️ OUR BAY ISLANDS
Still ZERO cases of confirmed COVID-19 in the Bay Islands! (23 negative tests. 1 pending from Roatan, 1 pending from Santa Guardiola)
Please keep in mind we need to remain vigilant. We know little about the virus except that it is highly contagious and we cannot let our guard down. Help us keep you and the rest of our island healthy. STAY AT HOME.
If you suspect you are having symptoms of COVID-19, please call (+504 8820-2444 a local Roatan contact). They will go to your house, take samples, and send them out for testing. They do reserve the right to not test based on questionnaires evaluating your symptoms.
STAY HOME! Be vigilant! We are still in a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
STATE OF EMERGENCY:
Some local non-essential businesses have been operating without exemption permission. We ask you to respect the ordinances in place during this time. It is critical that you abide by the ordinances to ensure the health and safety of our population. To businesses allowed to open: make sure you enforce all regulations at all times.
We have limited numbers of police on our islands. They need to focus on preventing crime. They can’t be expected to be everywhere to address issues like line spacing, are you out on the wrong day? crowding in different stores, etc. Let’s be responsible about only going out to run essential errands on days when our ID cards allow us to. It remains on our shoulders, in an attempt to be a responsible society, to help with self-policing. Gently remind people to put a little space between themselves in bank lines. There are still members of our population who don’t understand the physical distancing and why it’s important. Help explain.
STAY HOME! We see people out and about as if we are not in a state of National Emergency. Please stay home. Our police force is limited – they are doing what they can. Help them do their job. We need you all to do your part. Be responsible for your own actions. Help us fight the virus crisis. We can only beat it if we work together.
With that said, we understand Coxen Hole was exceptionally crowded today and people were ignoring restrictions. We will make sure the police address this issue.
Supermarkets are open for senior citizens 7-9am Monday, Wednesday, Friday for supermarkets. Only on the day your ID allows for.
Some hardware stores were open today.
Ficohsa and BanRural have been given verbal permission to open at the mall, as it is their only branches. The National Police have agreed to this as well. However, the banks will only open with written permission which is harder for us to gather.
Will investigate the issue of US checks not being accepted as deposits in banks.
No government-issued vacation for Semana Santa, so banks, stores, etc. should be functioning on Good Friday.
We need to understand the economic impact of this crisis. Bay Islands Tourism Bureau is quantifying how many people lost jobs and how much business dropped
Dr. Paul Gale is working on how many health care workers/equipment, etc. are needed.
The Mayors, Councilman, and Governor are working on food relief.
PROTECTING OUR BORDERS:
2 new councilman to inspect EVERY incoming cargo ship to prevent smuggling and to check protocols and protect our health and safety.
Thank you to West End for coming together and forming a Community Watch for the seas. This is really important and we hope that more communities join their efforts to protect our Bay Islands.
Thank you to Junior Williams for organizing patrols in Utila with over 20 local boats. They are vulnerable due to their proximity to the mainland.
We need to make sure we are patrolling our waters on all of our islands. There are reports of people having smuggled there way onto the different islands. We are not in the clear from COVID-19. We need to make sure of that before we can freely open up business on our islands (while still keeping our borders closed).
HOW TO HELP:
Donate at https://themakeitcountfoundation.org/ Every dollar counts. The more funds we have, the more food we can buy, the more medical supplies we can buy, the more people we can help. Today’s update of total funds raised is US $109,733. You have our word that we will be transparent with these funds and they will be put to good use. Please remember, yesterday’s anonymous donor challenged us to find another donor to match or exceed his donation. Let’s spread the word and see if we can meet that challenge.
Consider asking your company if they do matching funds for your donations (e.g. Microsoft, Verizon, and many large and medium corporations).
You can also donate at to support other efforts around the island including SOL International Foundation https://www.solroatan.org/ food drive with Nidia Webster and Roatan Because We Care, the Chamber of Tourism, Rotary Club, Roatan Marine Park, BICA, and all of the other great foundations that you know here on the island working hard to help us recover.
Donate dry goods to the COPECO food drive and Nidia Webster’s food drive.
Today we are grateful to Mario Canahuati for his generous donation of protective medical equipment from San Pedro Sula.
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE:
Protective medical equipment and 4 ventilators will be provided to the Bay Islands by the Central Government.
Monetary aid was also provided. We have requested more. Please note no government could have prepared for this crisis. This emergency calls for us to set our differences aside. We are working with the Central Government to equip our department with much-needed assistance.
Tomorrow, San Pedro Sula will have an international flight departing to Germany. Persons from the Bay Islands will be traveling to San Pedro Sula to board that flight.
Re: yesterday’s aborted Galaxy Ferry trip. We are working to hopefully allow these people to finally return to the mainland on Friday. Thanks to the Adventist Church for providing boarding for those passengers who had no financial means or family to help.
Listen to your authorities. They are working hard to keep us COVID-19 free. Follow the rules. COVID-19 BAY ISLANDS RESPONSE TEAM is working tirelessly to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE! Dino would like you to meet everyone because this is a HUGE TEAM working amazingly well together. Meet the team on the governor’s FB pages. Dr. Jayleen Coleman is today’s highlighted COVID-19 response team member. The response team includes Congressman Ron McNab, Mayor Jerry Hynds, Mayor Carson Dilbert, Mayor Troy Bodden, Mayor Spurgeon Miller, the minister of health, COPECO, volunteers, local businesses, and other supportive organizations. This is an amazing effort to keep our community healthy and safe. STAY HOME! Let's keep our Bay Islands to ZERO cases.
This is a joint interpretation by Kirsty Doig and Loids Oyuela of the governor's two live feeds this afternoon, 1 April 2020. He will do two daily live feeds. First in Spanish at 3:15pm on the official Gobernacion Islas de la Bahia FB page (English will follow immediately at approx. 4pm).