Situation Reports Azores

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Situation Report Azores – 7th April 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccine Delivery 

On Monday the 6th of April, 23,400 doses of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, were delivered to the region.  These will serve to vaccinate the over 75 year-olds and people over 50 with priority pathologies, announced the Regional Health Authority.

“Half of this batch will be delivered directly by the supplier to the Hospital de Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo, and the other half will be delivered, in the same way, to the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada”, the Health Authority said in a statement.

The region intends to “continue the vaccination process against Covid-19, of people over 75 years old, as well as those who, over 50 years old, were identified with the priority pathologies of the first vaccination phase”.

During the month of April, the region will receive an additional 17,550 doses of vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech and 18,500 doses of “AstraZeneca”, with “the sum of the two supplies from Pfizer-BioNTech going to allow vaccination of 20,475 people, reserving an equal number of doses for the second inoculation, three weeks later”.

The Health Authority said, of AstraZeneca’s vaccines, the total doses expected for the region in April “will allow the reserve of 8,500 doses for the second inoculations referring to the vaccination carried out last March, with a total of 10,000 for first vaccinations”.

According to the Regional Health Authority, the region “predicts that this month, all people belonging to the first vaccination phase will have at least one dose administered”.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,384 tests is 52.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 51. There is one case on the island of Santa Maria.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 40 in total.  39 on the island of São Miguel and one on Terceira, making the island Covid free once more.

Most of the cases are on the island of São Miguel now, with just one on the island of Santa Maria.

A total of 6 patients are in hospital, all at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital, in Ponta Delgada, with two in intensive care.

As of today, the Region is registering 127 active positive cases: 126 on the island of São Miguel (74 in Ponta Delgada, 24 in Nordeste, 15 in Vila Franca do Campo, seven in Ribeira Grande, four in Lagoa and two in Povoação) and one case on the island of Santa Maria in the parish of Santa Bárbara, municipality of Vila do Porto.   There are 907 active surveillance cases.

On the island of São Miguel, the municipalities of Lagoa, Povoação, Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo are at Very Low Risk In turn, the municipality of Ponta Delgada is at Medium-High Risk and the municipality of Nordeste is at High Risk.  All municipalities of the remaining islands of the archipelago are at Very Low Risk.  More information on the measures in force can be found online at: https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/ and on the Facebook page of the Regional Directorate for Health: https://www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,247 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the Azores, with 3,982 people recovering from the disease. There were 30 deaths, 67 people who left the archipelago and 41 cases with a history of previous cure. A total of 199 local transmission chains have been extinguished.

To date, 401,044 screening tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in the Azores.  From last December 31 to March 30, 43,812 people aged 15 or over were vaccinated in the archipelago (28,376 received the first dose – 14.01% of the population and 15,436 the second dose – 7.62% of the population), as part of the first phase of the Regional Vaccination Plan. More information at: https://vacinacao-covid19.azores.gov.pt.

As determined by the Regional Health Authority, the school community of the municipality of Nordeste, São Miguel Island, is being tested today, after the population of the parish of Achadinha, in the same municipality, was screened yesterday.

With the arrival of 23,400 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the Region on Monday, the vaccination process for people over 75 will continue as well as for those over 50 with health conditions that fall within the priority groups covered by the first vaccination phase.



Situation Report Azores – Saturday 3rd April 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Yellow Alert.

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere issued yellow notices for all the islands of the Azores, which are in force until Sunday 4th April.  There may be heavy precipitation with the possibility of thunderstorms.

For the islands of Santa Maria and São Miguel, which form the Eastern group, the notice will be in effect between 06:00 and 18:00 (19:00 Lisbon) on Sunday, while on the islands of Faial, Pico, São Jorge, Graciosa and Terceira (central group), the warning remains between 23:00 and 12:00 on Sunday.

The yellow warning, the third of the scale, reveals a risk situation for certain activities depending on the weather situation.

In Flores and Corvo, the western group of the Azores, the yellow warning is in effect between 23:00 today and 12:00 on Saturday.

The Azores Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service recommends that self-protection measures be taken.


New Inter-Island fares.

The regional secretary for Transport, Tourism and Energy, Mário Mota Borges, said that a new Azores fare, available to residents for 60 Euros, will go into effect on June 1st.  This fare will apply to all inter-island flights.


Easter Covid-19 Measures.

Residents and visitors on the island of São Miguel are prohibited from crossing municipality boundaries, between Friday and Sunday, and will also have a curfew from 15:00 on these three Easter days, in the context of the containment of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ban on movement between the six municipalities of the Azorean island (Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Lagoa, Povoação, Vila Franca do Campo and Nordeste) is in effect from 00:00 local (01:00 in Lisbon) and until 23: 59 on Sunday, providing for exceptions for justified situations, such as commuting, health issues or access to the airport.

The curfew will last between 15:00 and 05:00 the next day.

The island’s trade must close no later than 15:00 in this period, and the catering businesses can work with take-away services and home delivery until 22:00. When open, restaurants and similar spaces can have a maximum of four people at each table, unless it is the same household.

In the remaining islands, on this extended Easter weekend, the food and beverage establishments close at 22:00, with the sale of alcoholic beverages in the remaining establishments being prohibited from 20:00.

The regional secretary of Health, Clélio Meneses, said, when the measures were announced, that tourists must comply with the same rules as resident citizens, so that when they arrive at the accommodation, they cannot leave the municipality these days where the unit is located.

Due to the prohibition between municipalities, the regional executive alerted the PSP, as well as the inspection services of economic activities, but underlined the need for responsibilities to be shared by all and for citizens to “behave appropriately”.

With effect from Monday 5th April, the county of the Nordeste changes to the high-risk level and Ponta Delgada remains medium high, with the exception of the parishes of São Pedro and São Sebastião, which remain at the high level. The remaining Azorean municipalities are at very-low risk.

The risk scale used by the Autonomous Region of the Azores has five levels: very-low, low, medium, medium high and high.

With this classification, as of Monday, in the Northeast and in those two parishes of Ponta Delgada, all restaurants, drinks and similar establishments close at 15:00, and can operate on a ‘take-away’ basis from that time and until 10 pm, and a curfew is enacted between 8 pm and 5 am the next day.

Teleworking or lagged schedules should be adopted, as this is not possible.

Non-essential shopping closes at 8 pm on weekdays and 3 pm on weekends, and gyms and indoor pools are also closed.

In Ponta Delgada, with the exception of São Pedro and São Sebastião, restaurants and drinks establishments with no dance space can be open until 8 pm, with a maximum limitation of four people per table and a maximum capacity of 1/3 of the capacity of the establishment, but they can maintain the take-away service or home delivery until 22:00.

Visits to the elderly in homes are prohibited and the social centres for the elderly are also closed. The presence of the public at sporting events and competitions is prohibited.


Covid-19.

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 6,296 tests is 24.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 24.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 38 in total.  38 on the island of São Miguel.

Most of the cases are on the island of São Miguel now, with just one on the island of Terceira.

There are 9 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals with 3 in the ICU. Most of the patients are testing positive for the new ‘British’ variant.

There are currently 115 active positive cases in the Region. 114 on São Miguel and one on Terceira.

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,195 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 30 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Since March 30th, 391,386 tests have been carried out in the Azores for screening of Covid-19. Since December 31st and until March 30th, 43,812 people aged 15 years and over have been vaccinated in the archipelago (28,376 with the first dose – 14.01% and 15,436 with the second dose – 7.62% of the population), within the scope of the first phase of the Regional Vaccination Plan. More information at: https://vacinacao-covid19.azores.gov.pt.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 31st March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores .

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,493 tests is 45.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 45.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 38 in total.  38 on the island of São Miguel.

Most of the cases are on the island of São Miguel now, with just one on the island of Terceira.

There are 13 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals with five in the ICU. Most of the patients are testing positive for the new ‘British’ variant.

There are currently 129 active positive cases in the Region. 128 on São Miguel and one on Terceira.

Sadly, last Friday, a man of 55 with previous health complications died soon after testing positive for Covid-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,171 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 30 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

To date, 389,334 tests have been carried out in the Azores for screening of Covid-19. Since December 31st and until March 30th, 43,812 people aged 15 years and over have been vaccinated in the Archipelago (28,376 with the first dose and 15,436 with the second dose), within the scope of the 1st phase of the Regional Vaccination Plan. More information at: https://vacinacao-covid19.azores.gov.pt.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 27th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores.

The Regional Government of the Azores decided to apply, as of 00:00 today, Friday, high risk measures in two parishes in the municipality of Ponta Delgada, namely São Pedro and São Sebastião

Thus, according to the Regional Health Authority, the new measures for these two parishes are as follows:

Prohibition of pedestrian, car, motorized or similar circulation on public roads between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am the next day on weekdays and between 3:00 pm and 5:00 am the day after the weekend.

Closing of all commercial activity at 8:00 pm during the week and at 3:00 pm at the weekend, with the exception of critical services.

Teleworking regime in the activities and functions where it is feasible, for professionals who suffer from any pathology that constitutes risk comorbidity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, certified by reasoned assessment by occupational medicine or, failing that, by statement by an attending physician that expresses, justified and clearly, the need for the teleworking regime to be applied to the worker, as well as to one of the parents of children up to 12 years of age who are in distance learning or day care, kindergartens and ATL closed, as long as required.

In case teleworking is not possible, the time difference is recommended.

Closure of all restaurants, beverages and similar establishments at 3 pm, with the limitation that, during the period of operation, the maximum capacity per table is four people, unless they belong to the same household, respecting a maximum capacity of one third capacity of the establishment concerned.

From 3 pm and until 10 pm, food, beverage and similar establishments can only operate with home delivery and take-away service, with the exception of the provision of meals to guests of hotel or similar establishments by the respective restaurant services.

Nursery and ATL closures are maintained.

Closure of gymnasiums and covered swimming pools, and sports in these spaces are prohibited.

Closure of casinos and gambling establishments.

Funerals, which can only take place until 8:00 pm on weekdays and until 3:00 pm at the weekend, are subject to the adoption of organizational measures that guarantee the absence of clusters of people and the rules of social distance, namely the setting of a maximum attendance limit, to be determined by the local authority that exercises the management powers of the respective cemetery, and this limit cannot result in the presence of a spouse or de facto partner, ascendants, descendants, relatives and the like.

The municipalities of Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and the rest of Ponta Delgada will rise in the risk level due to the pandemic, starting at 00:00 on Saturday. Lagoa and Povoação will drop their risk level and the Northeast will maintain the Very Low Risk level.  All of the other islands are currently maintaining at Very Low Risk Level.


Covid-19.

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,826 tests is 25.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 25.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 30 in total.  30 on the island of São Miguel.

Most of the cases are on the island of São Miguel now, with just one on the island of Terceira.

There are 12 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals with one in the ICU.

There are currently 123 active positive cases in the Region. 122 on São Miguel and one on Terceira

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,049 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

To date, 383,841 tests have been carried out in the Azores for Covid-19 screening. Since last December 31st and until yesterday, March 25th, 42,533 people aged 15 and over have been vaccinated in the archipelago (27,463 with the first dose – 13.56% of the population, and 15,070 with the second dose – 7.44% of the population), within the scope of the first phase of the Regional Vaccination Plan.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also via available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 24th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores.

Vaccination progress

The Government of the Azores announced that since the beginning of the vaccination process against Covid-19 in the region, 37,687 people have been inoculated, of which about 13,000 have received both doses of the vaccine.

From December 31st, last year, and March 21st, this year, 37,687 people were vaccinated in the Azores against Covid-19; 24,591 with the first dose and 13,096 with both inoculations.

According to a report, the archipelago has a coverage rate of 12.14% with the first dose and 6.46% with the second dose of the vaccine compared to the vaccinable population.

The island of São Miguel is the one with the lowest coverage rate in relation to the number of inhabitants, with 10.23% of people having a dose of the vaccine and 4.94% with the second dose.

Corvo Island, the smallest in the archipelago, has a coverage rate with the second dose of the vaccine of 87.7%, due to the decision of the Regional Government to vaccinate the entire population of that island of the Western group, which has 369 people over 15 years.

Regarding the percentage of the population with the second dose of the vaccine, after Corvo, the islands of Santa Maria (16.34%), Graciosa (11.23%), Pico (10.38%), Flores (9.42%), São Jorge (8.96%), Faial (6.62%) and Terceira (6.40%).

This is the first detailed report on the regional vaccination process in the Azores to be released.


Covid-19

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,846 tests is 42.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 42.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 14 in total.  12 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Terceira and 1 on Pico.

All the cases are on the island of São Miguel now.

There are 8 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

There are currently 121 active positive cases in the Region. 121 on São Miguel.

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,049 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 20th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores. 

Lagoa goes Red .

The municipality of Lagoa on the island of São Miguel, will go to the level of High Risk, starting at 00:01 on Saturday, and as such, measures related to this level will be implemented, namely the curfew, said, Gustavo Tato Borges, president of the Monitoring Commission of Fight Against Pandemic in the Azores, at a press conference. 

There are currently only 22 cases of Covid-19 in the municipality but the population is small also (14.5K) this is the reason for the jump up to High-Risk.

The new rules are:  Prohibition of circulation on public roads between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am of the following day on weekdays and, between 3:00 pm and 5:00 am of the day following the weekend, without prejudice to the exceptions that are regulated in Regional Regulatory Decree no. 1 -E / 2021 / A

Implementation of the distance learning regime in all educational establishments.

Closure of day-care centres and ATL’s

Teleworking regime in the activities and functions in which it is feasible, for professionals who suffer from any pathology that constitutes risk comorbidity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as for one of the parents of children up to 12 years of age who whether they are in distance learning or in kindergartens, kindergartens and closed ATLs, as long as they require it.

In case teleworking is not possible, the time difference is recommended.

Closure of all restaurants, beverages and similar establishments at 3 pm, with the limitation that, during the period of operation, the maximum capacity per table is four people, unless they belong to the same household, respecting a maximum capacity of 1 / 3 of the capacity of the establishment concerned.

From 3 pm until 10 pm, catering establishments, drinks and the like can only work with home delivery and take-away service, with the exception of the provision of meals to hotel and similar establishments by the respective catering services.

Closing of all commercial activity at 8:00 pm during the week and at 3:00 pm at the weekend, with the exception of pharmacies, medical clinics and offices, fuel filling stations with sale to the wicket, convenience stores selling essential goods integrated into service stations. of fuels.

Closure of gymnasiums and covered swimming pools, and sports in these spaces are prohibited.

Funerals can only take place until 8:00 pm on weekdays and until 3:00 pm at the weekend and are subject to the adoption of organizational measures that guarantee the absence of clusters of people and the rules of social distance, namely the setting maximum attendance limit, to be determined by the local authority.


Angler Drowns.

A 21-year-old angler died last Thursday 18th March.  He drowned in a rocky area near the village of Capelas, in Ponta Delgada, after he entered the water to try to recover fishing material.

A vessel from the Ponta Delgada Lifeboat Station was activated immediately and sent to the scene and, in conjunction with the Voluntary Firefighters of Ribeira Grande, recovered the body.


Accident at the Port.

A 76-year-old man died this Friday after the car he was driving fell into the water at the commercial pier in the Port of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel.

The captain of Port and Commander of the Maritime Police of Ponta Delgada, Fernando Horta, said that the alert was given to the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at about 7:40 am, reporting that “A vehicle had fallen into the water”.

The Captaincy and the Maritime Police and the diving unit of the Ponta Delgada Volunteer Fire Department were immediately activated.  A 76-year-old man, the only occupant of the vehicle, was rescued by a diver from a company that was carrying out works in the port.

The man was rescued and resuscitation procedures were carried out on the spot, he was later transported to the Ponta Delgada Hospital, where sadly he died.

The causes of the accident “are still to be determined” and, according to the captain of the Port of Ponta Delgada, an “investigation by the Maritime Police” is already underway.

As for the vehicle, it was removed from the seabed at about 11 am.


Vaccination Road Map .

The Regional Health Authority has produced a document explaining in detail how the vaccination process will work in the region and inviting the population to make sure that they are fully registered with the health service:

https://vacinacao-covid19.azores.gov.pt/index.php

Vacinação COVID-19

Plano Regional de Vacinação contra a COVID-19 da Região Autónoma dos Açores. Circular Normativa nº 49B, de 15 de fevereiro de 2021. Anexo – Circular Normativa nº 49B, de 15 de fevereiro de 2021

vacinacao-covid19.azores.gov.pt


Covid-19. 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last Three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,438 tests is 30.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered all the cases with 30.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 14 in total.  12 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Terceira and 1 on Pico.

All the cases are on the island of São Miguel now.

There are 8 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

There are currently 121 active positive cases in the Region. 121 on São Miguel.

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,049 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 



Situation Report Azores – 17th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccination 

One year after the first case of Covid-19, the Azores wants to speed up the vaccination process.

Last Monday, marked the ‘one year’ anniversary of the first case of Covid-19 in the archipelago.  The Regional Government plans to resort to the United States to accelerate the vaccination process in the region.

The Regional Secretary of Health, Clélio Meneses has said “What we intend to do is to achieve the greatest number of vaccines for the Azoreans so that the situation can be stabilized in the shortest possible time,”

The minister said that the President of the Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, asked last week the commissioner of Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, for a “direct intervention” with the European Commission in the provision of vaccines in number that allow immunization of the Azoreans.

In the Azores, about 10,800 people have already taken the two doses of the vaccine and 18,600 the first, with the expectation that “by the end of April, and with the arrival of more vaccines, if what is planned is accomplished, it will complete the first phase of vaccinations.

The first case of Covid-19 in the Azores arrived on March 15th, 2020, and was a 29-year-old woman, resident on Terceira island, with a history of passing through Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.


AstraZeneca 

The Regional Health Directorate has made a statement about the AstraZeneca vaccine, “considering the joint determination of Infarmed, General Directorate of Health and Task Force for vaccination against Covid-19 of the temporary suspension of administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Portugal, this determination was also made assumed by DRS for the vaccination process underway in the Autonomous Region of the Azores”.

This suspension is due to the “precautionary principle in public health”, while the safety of this vaccine is reassessed by the European Medicines Agency.

DRS ensures that “so far, no complications have been reported after the administration of this vaccine in the Azores”.

The Regional Health Directorate calls for calm from those who have already been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and clarifies that “those who have already been administered the first dose of this vaccine will only have to take the second dose in about three months, so, until further information, the vaccination process of these people cannot yet be called into question”.  The region still has about 4,000 doses of this vaccine.

“We will align with what the guidelines are and what was determined by DGS, ‘Infarmed’ and the temporary suspension task force, until the safety assessment of AstraZeneca’s vaccines is made,” he said.

The regional director of Health explained that, of the 8,500 doses of this vaccine that arrived in the archipelago on March 3rd, there are still about 4,000 doses to be administered.

“It is not about wasted doses, because, basically, it is not a withdrawal of these vaccines from the circuit, it is a suspension for re-evaluation”, adding that they “have a very long shelf life”.

Berto Cabral clarified that the approximately 4,000 doses that await the opinion of the European Medicines Agency were intended for “private health professionals, the security forces” and “patients between 50 and 65 years old” with “heart failure, coronary disease and respiratory failure”.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,433 tests is 50.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 366,731 tests have been carried out.

São Miguel registered most of the cases with 49. Terceira had 1 case.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 13 in total.  10 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Terceira and 2 on Pico.

There are 4 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

There are currently 105 active positive cases in the Region. 103 on São Miguel, 1 on Pico and 1 on Terceira.

Since the start of the pandemic, 4,019 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 41 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Azores

Situation Report Azores – 13th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores.

Corvo 

Corvo is the first territory of Europe to have the entire population vaccinated with both doses.

This week, the update of the measures to contain the pandemic was announced from the island of Corvo, the smallest of the Azores islands, where the second dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 is administered to the entire population over 16 years.  The island has limited health care provision and no hospital beds.


English Variant 

Most of the new cases of Covid-19 infection detected last Thursday in the Azores belong to a transmission chain in which the English strain was detected, said the chairman of the Commission for Monitoring the Fight against Pandemic.

After a day without registering new cases, the Azores detected 34 new positive cases of infection by the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease, all on the island of São Miguel, 26 of which in the municipality of Ribeira Grande and, of these, 25 in the village of Rabo de Peixe, 27 were of the English strain.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 3,507 tests is 38.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 361,299 tests have been carried out.

São Miguel registered all of the cases with 38.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 45 in total.  40 on the island of São Miguel and 5 on Pico.

There are 2 patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

There are currently 69 active positive cases in the Region. 64 on São Miguel, 3 on Pico and 2 on Terceira.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3,969 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 40 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available viathe email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 10th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Arrested Foreigners 

On the island of Faial, the PSP detained 3 foreign citizens for disobedience and non-compliance with health standards related to fighting the pandemic. The arrests took place on Friday the 5th of March at a bar in the Porto Pim area. The owner of the bar accused the Horta PSP of excessive use of force but the police said that they acted on numerous complaints from nearby neighbours.


New Private Hospital 

The first private hospital in the Azores was inaugurated, last Monday, in the municipality of Lagoa, an investment of 40 million euros that will help prevent travel to the continent of patients from the Regional Health Service.

At the inauguration ceremony, the chairman of the board of directors of the ‘Hospital Internacional dos Açores’, Luís Farinha, said that the new unit features more than 40 specialties, some of which do not exist in the Azores, and intends to offer its customers “excellent health care”, with 50 consultation rooms, 96 beds and five operating theatres.

There are only three hospitals in the Azores, all assigned to the Regional Health Service, one of which is in Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel, another in Angra do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira, and the other on Horta, on the island of Faial.

Luís Farinha said that, due to the specialties he has, some of which do not exist in the Azores, it will be possible to avoid travel to the continent by users of the Regional Health Service and to combat waiting lists in the public system.

This is the case, among other specialties, of cardiac surgery, ophthalmology (vitrectomy), urology and cosmetic surgery.

The Mayor of Lagoa, Cristina Calisto, said that this is a “historic day” for the city, since it is the largest private investment made in the municipality and that, along with other ongoing investments, will generate more economic gains.

The private hospital unit will create 300 jobs and will be equipped with a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance device, a 128-section TAC, five operating theatres, one of which is hybrid and will allow for cardiac, endovascular and surgical procedures to be combined in the same space and in the same patient, as well as a maternity, intensive care and permanent care.

Isabel Cássio is the clinical director of the Hospital.

The International Hospital of the Azores was inaugurated three years after the laying of the first stone, in a ceremony that was also attended by the president of the Regional Government, José Manuel Bolieiro.

That hospital unit is not yet fully operational, the administration envisages the phased opening of services until it is fully operational.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,664 tests is 22.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 357,792 tests have been carried out.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 20.  Pico had 1 as did Terceira.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 21 in total.  18 on the island of São Miguel, 2 on Pico and 1 on Terceira.

There are no patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

There are currently 76 active positive cases in the Region. 66 on São Miguel, 8 on Pico and 2 on Terceira.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3,931 positive chaos in Covid-19 have been diagnosed, 3,719 people have recovered from the disease, 29 have died, 67 have left the archipelago and 40 have shown evidence of previous cure.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – Saturday 6th March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa 

The visit of the head of State, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to Madeira, this Friday, was postponed due to the forecast wind conditions, and his trip to the Azores was also postponed. The wind conditions forecast for Madeira, forced the postponement of the trip to Madeira and the trip to the Azores.  The visit will be re-scheduled.

The President of the Republic was going to travel to the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores to meet with representatives of the Republic, presidents of governments and regional parliaments.

According to the agenda released on Thursday, the head of state would first go to Madeira, arriving in Funchal close to lunchtime, going in the afternoon to Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, where he would stay until night.

The Constitution says that the President of the Republic appoints a representative of the Republic for each of the autonomous regions, whose mandate has the same duration as the presidential term – ending, therefore, on Tuesday, March 9th.

Re-elected on the January 24th at the presidential elections with 60.67% of the votes cast, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will take office for a second five-year term on Tuesday morning, in the Assembly of the Republic.

According to the program released today, the President of the Republic would have lunch in Madeira with the president of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, at Quinta Vigia, the seat of the presidency of the Madeiran executive, in Funchal.

Then, a meeting with the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Ireneu Cabral Barreto, in his official residence, the São Lourenço Palace, with the president of the Regional Legislative Assembly, José Manuel Rodrigues, and the president of the Regional Government. .

During the afternoon he would proceed to Ponta Delgada, meeting on arrival with the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores, Pedro Catarino, at the Convent of Belém, his official residence, and with the president of the Regional Legislative Assembly, Luís Garcia, and the president of the Regional Government, José Manuel Bolieiro.

The program will end with a dinner for Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and José Manuel Bolieiro at the Sant’ana Palace, seat of the presidency of the Regional Government of the Azores.

Under the terms of the Constitution, it is the representatives of the Republic who appoint the presidents of the governments of Madeira and the Azores, after the election.


Vaccines 

The regional secretary for Health and Sport said yesterday that the AstraZeneca vaccines, which arrived on Wednesday in the archipelago, are ready to be administered.

The 8500 vaccines that arrived Wednesday in the Azores can be administered according to the Health Units that have them at their disposal.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,680 tests is 15.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 353,128 tests have been carried out.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 14, the other island with reported cases is Pico with 1.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 16 in total.  13 on the island of São Miguel and 2 on Pico and 1 on Faial.

The number of people under surveillance is 948 and the local transmission chain on the island of Pico, remains active.

There are no patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 76 active positive cases in the Region. 65 on São Miguel, 9 on Pico, and 2 on Terceira.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 3rd March 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccines 

On Monday of this week, 5,850 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered to the Santo Espírito Hospital on Terceira Island.

The delivery of an equivalent amount is scheduled for March 15th for the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada.

The doses will allow the vaccination of people over 75 years old and over 50 years old (with existing health conditions) to continue.  The priority in the 1st phase of vaccination includes patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis in the Azores.

On March 2nd, 8,500 doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca should have arrived, however, the supplying laboratory did not comply with the delivery to Portugal.  There was no cancellation of the delivery, and it is expected that the country will still receive this order.

AstraZeneca’s vaccines will make it possible to extend vaccination to private health professionals and security forces in the Autonomous Region of the Azores.


SRPCBA 

Brigadier-general Eduardo Faria is the new president of the Regional Service of Civil Protection and Firefighters of the Azores, it was announced this Monday, by the regional secretary of Health.

The government official said he hoped that the “mission of Brigadier-general Eduardo Faria, would bring a new dynamic to the Azorean civil protection, which will soon have a new organism, capable of bringing more efficiency and better organization to the service” .


EU 

The European Commission has approved a program of 15 million euros to support the liquidity of small and medium-sized Azorean companies most severely affected by the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program, released in January by the Regional Government of the Azores and entitled “Apoiar.pt Açores”, serves, according to the Commission, to support “micro, small and medium-sized companies” with “permanent headquarters or establishments” in the Azores and that operate in the “sectors most severely affected” by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Companies eligible for the program will receive, in direct grants, funds corresponding to 20% of lost income, with a maximum ceiling of 5,000 euros for micro-enterprises, 20,000 for small companies and 50,000 for medium-sized companies.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,722 tests is 56.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 348,448 tests have been carried out.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 45, the other island with reported cases is Pico with 7. Pico has the only transmission chain active. Terceira had 3 new cases

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 33 in total.  28 on the island of São Miguel and 4 on Pico and 1 on Terceira.

There are no patients with Covid-19 in the region’s hospitals.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 79 active positive cases in the Region. 65 on São Miguel, 10 on Pico, 3 on Terceira and 1 on Faial.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 27th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores

Good News!

In the last 24 hours, no new positive cases of Covid-19 were registered in the Azores, resulting from the 1,963 tests performed.

According to the Regional Health Authority, there were three recoveries, two on the island of São Miguel (one in Matriz and the other in Rabo de Peixe) in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, and one in Lajes da Terceira, municipality of Praia of Vitória.

With this recovery in Praia da Vitória, Terceira today enters the map of the islands without Covid-19, thus joining Santa Maria, Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo.

As of today, there is also no record of patients admitted to any of the hospitals in the Region.

There are currently 894 people in active surveillance in the Region.

There are currently 56 active positive cases across the archipelago, 47 in São Miguel, eight in Pico and one in Faial.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,839 positive cases have been recorded, with 3,649 people recovering from the disease and 29 deaths.

To find a day without positive cases in the Azores, it is necessary to go back to October the 17th, 2020. From that day on, the cases emerged on a daily basis.  On January the 11th the Region reached a maximum of 132 cases, largely due to mass screening, surpassing on the 18th of the same month, the 900 active cases across the archipelago. Four months and ten days after October the 17th, the Region has again recorded a day without positive cases.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,229 tests was 7.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 342,726 tests and 1963 quick tests have been carried out in the region.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 6, the other island with reported cases is Pico with 1. Pico has the only transmission chain active.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 13 in total.  10 on the island of São Miguel and 3 on Terceira.

There are no patients with Covid-19 in the regions hospitals.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently  active positive cases in the Region.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 24th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Rabo de Peixe 

The sanitary fence in Rabo de Peixe, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, will remain, but in a more restricted area, until 23:59 on the 1st of March.

The Regional Health Authority, using the advice of the Commission for Monitoring the Fight against Pandemic, decided to redefine the fence in the village of Rabo de Peixe, with the new perimeter restricted to the area north of

Rua da Praça and Rua de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, including the zone located around Francisco Andrade and Afonso Maria Tavares streets.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,329 tests was 13.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 337,637 tests and 2076 quick tests have been carried out in the region.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 10, the other island with reported cases is Pico with 3.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 42 in total.  39 on the island of São Miguel, 2 on Terceira and 1 on Pico.

As of Tuesday, the 23rdth of February 2021 there are 3 hospitalised patients with 1 of them in the ICU.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 63 active positive cases in the Region.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 20th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Rabo de Peixe 

The ‘Rabo de Peixe’ Parish Council (JFRP) warned yesterday that the population of the village “is saturated” with restrictive measures aimed at combating Covid-19, the mayor’s office says that “they are killing us with the cure”.

Jaime Vieira says that the successive health fences have been affecting the population economically, socially and psychologically, creating problems that, “from now on, we will have to face and that I don’t know how we will control”.

“In a village with almost 10 thousand inhabitants, many are compliant with the restrictive measures imposed by the Regional Government, they have been confined for five consecutive weeks”.  “The economy of Rabo de Peixe is increasingly weak, there are businesses that have been closed since the beginning of the sanitary fence, on January15th, and that have no idea when they will open again”.

The population were expecting that a survey of the sanitary fence would be announced yesterday, in view of the reduction in the number of cases.   Also, there are multidisciplinary teams on the ground doing inspections and counselling in the most affected areas.

“Only 0.5% of the population of Rabo de Peixe is infected and the positive cases that are still appearing in small numbers are referred to as high-risk contacts”.

The cases are distributed within about of 20 houses, which means that, “with four multi-disciplinary teams on the ground, each could dedicate more attention to these houses, thus making inspection more effective”.

The President of the Board has no doubt that, “in addition to the multidisciplinary inspection and counselling teams on the streets, a reinforcement of policing in the areas most affected by the new coronavirus would be a deterrent and sufficient for the intended control”.

The municipality emphasises that, only with greater inspection targeting the most affected areas, it will be possible to stop contagions that have arisen mainly in the family context.


Vaccinations 

The Government of the Azores is investigating the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in Angra do Heroísmo, the similar unit in Lagoa and the previous board of directors of Hospital de Ponta Delgada on possible irregularities in the vaccination process.

The revelation was made this Friday by the Regional Secretary for Health and Sports, Clélio Meneses, during a hearing in the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs about the vaccination process in the region.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5622 tests was 35.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.  To date, 332,308 tests and 2076 quick tests have been carried out in the region.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 29, the other islands with reported cases are Faial, with 1, and 4 on Pico. There has been a recorded case on Santa Maria.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 19 in total.  15 on the island of São Miguel, 3 on Terceira and 1 on Faial.

As of Tuesday, the 16th of February 2021 there are 7 hospitalised patients with 2 in the ICU.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 93 active positive cases in the Region.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 17th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,027 tests was 14.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 12, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 1, and 1 on Pico.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 62 in total.  49 on the island of São Miguel, 9 on Terceira and 3 on São Jorge.

As of Tuesday, the 16th of February 2021 there are 10 hospitalised patients with 3 in the ICU.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 77 active positive cases in the Region.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 13th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

As from Friday the 12th February, all of the Boroughs on all of the islands in the region are in the ‘Low’ risk category, all apart from the sanitary fence which still exists surrounding a part of the town of ‘Rabo de Peixe’. 

The situation there will be re-evaluated after the carnival period has passed.

This means that for nearly the whole region the following rules apply.

  • Limitation of gatherings on the public road of a maximum number of eight people, unless they are from the same household.
  • Limitation to a maximum of eight people per table in restaurants and cafes, unless they belong to the same household, respecting a maximum capacity of 3/4 of the capacity of the establishment in question.
  • Closure of all drinks and similar establishments, with dance spaces.
  • Closure, from 10 pm, of all catering establishments, drinks and the like, with or without a show and with or without terrace service, including spaces for holding events, except for take-away or home delivery purposes.
  • Fuel filling stations can maintain their operation from 22:00 hours until 06:00 hours of the following day, exclusively for the purpose of selling fuel and supplying vehicles to the public.
  • Closure of the Elderly Living Centres and the recommendation for the users of the Residential Structures for the Elderly and Continuing Care Units to remain in their respective institutions, and, in cases where a user leaves, the respective return to the institution in question is subject to the rules imposed by the Regional Health Authority.
  • Suspension of all travel in service, between and outside the archipelago, of workers in the regional administration, including public institutes and companies in the regional business sector, unless they are absolutely essential, and public and private entities in the Region are recommended adopt the same procedures regarding the displacement of their workers to the outside of the Region, without prejudice to the displacement of the holders of political and high public positions.
  • Suspension of all trips to the archipelago by external entities, requested by the regional administration, including public institutes and the regional business sector, unless absolutely essential, provided they are authorized by the Regional Health Authority.
  • Suspension of the holding of public events promoted by the regional administration, including public institutes and companies in the regional business sector, this recommendation being extended to all public entities, namely local authorities, as well as to private sector entities, urging the non-holding events open to the public.
  • Limitation of the public presence at cultural events and sports competitions to 1/4 of the respective capacity, guaranteeing the rules of social distance.
  • Face-to-face teaching in all teaching cycles (schools in Vila Franca do Campo resume face-to-face classes, after the school break from the carnival period, on February 18th, 2021)

In addition to these rules there are special restrictions for the ‘Carnival’ period, these rules apply to everyone.

Between 8:00 pm on February 12 and 11:59 pm on February 14th, the following measures are in effect in all Azorean counties:

a ) Closure of all non-essential trade, considering establishments providing first-class goods as essential trade necessity or other goods considered essential, or those that provide services of first necessity (see here the information circular of the Regional Health Authority )

b ) Closure of all restaurants, drinks and similar establishments, except for take-away and home delivery service.

ç) Prohibition of any festivities or gatherings of people in public or private places, associated with Carnival or motivated by the carnival season.

d ) Prohibition of circulation on public roads between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am the following day, except for the exceptions already provided for high-risk municipalities.

Between 00:00 on February 15 and 23:59 on February 16 , the following measures are in effect throughout the Azorean counties:

a) Closure of all restaurants, drinks and similar establishments at 3:00 pm, with the limitation that, during the period of operation, the maximum capacity per table is six people, unless they belong to the same household, respecting a maximum capacity of 2/3 of the respective capacity of the establishment.

b) From 3:00 pm, food, beverage and similar establishments can only operate on a take-away and home delivery service, with the exception of the provision of meals to guests of hotel or similar establishments by the respective catering services.

c) Prohibition of pedestrian circulation, motorized or similar, on public roads between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am the following day.

d) Prohibition of any festivities or gatherings of people, in public or private places, including those associated with Carnival or motivated by the Carnival season.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,557 tests was 32.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 18, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 2, and 1 on Faial.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 148 in total.   120 on the island of São Miguel, 27 on Terceira 4 and 1 on Pico.

As of Tuesday, 9th February 2021 there are 13 hospitalised patients. 10 on São Miguel with 4 in the ICU, 2 on Terceira with 1 in the ICU and 1 on Faial.

Sadly, there have been 29 deaths due to the virus.

There are currently 126 active positive cases in the Region, 104 in São Miguel, 16 in Terceira, 2 in Faial, 3 in São Jorge and 1 in Pico.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 10th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

English Variant 

Two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the Azores resulting from infection by the English variant of the new coronavirus, which is more contagious, with one case in Terceira and another in São Miguel.

There are currently over 60 suspicious samples that are still being analysed by the National Institute of Health, (INSA), in Lisbon.

A case of this variant of the new coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, had already been detected in the Azores, a passenger who arrived in late December in the city of Horta, on the island of Faial.


AstraZeneca 

The Azores soon hopes to receive, about 1600 doses of the new vaccine against Covid-19 from AstraZeneca, this is the correct percentage of doses from a batch of 70 to 80 thousand doses being sent to the mainland.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,846 tests was 21.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 18, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 2, and 1 on Faial.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 148 in total.   120 on the island of São Miguel, 17 on Terceira 8 on Faial and 3 on Pico.

As of Tuesday, 9th February 2021 there are 15 hospitalised patients. 11 on São Miguel with 5 in the ICU, 3 on Terceira with 1 in the ICU and 1 in Faial.

According to a note from the Regional Health Authority, a 76-year-old man died Tuesday morning at the Santo Espírito Hospital on Terceira Island, a victim of Covid-19.

The man was a resident of São Mateus da Calheta, municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, and had been hospitalized since last January 20th.

With this further death, the number of fatalities for Covid-19 in the Azores rises to 28.

There are currently 202 active positive cases in the Region, 174 in São Miguel, 21 in Terceira, 4 in Faial and 3 in São Jorge.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available  using the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 6th February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Carnival 

The Regional Government of the Azores will implement restrictive measures during the Carnival period, on all the islands, to contain the spread of Covid-19, announced the regional secretary of Health.

The Government Council has said that from 20:00 on February 12th, that is, the Friday before Carnival, all non-essential establishments will be closed, also, all restaurants and bars will be closed, with the exception of ‘take-away’ and home service.

 A ban on all festivities related to Carnival and a ban on circulation on the public road between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am is also planned during this period.

“These are restrictive measures, but they are necessary to avoid clusters and risky behaviour. And they are certainly the necessary and appropriate measures to enable us to have a great Carnival in 2022”.


Rabo de Peixe 

It has been decided in the Government Council, to maintain the sanitary fence in Rabo de Peixe for another week, but with an adjusted perimeter.

Clélio Meneses, said that Rabo de Peixe “is in fact the main focus of concern in the Azores”, stressing that the measures in force are being adequate but “more time is needed”.

“It was decided to adjust the perimeter of the fence to the area where there are positive cases,” explained the minister. Thus, the fence “will get tighter inside the village of Rabo de Peixe and will extend to the north of the circular road of Rabo de Peixe and within the boundaries of the parish”.

The village of Rabo de Peixe, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, is currently the location in the archipelago with the most active positive cases of infection by the new coronavirus (160) and has been subject to a health fence since the 13th of January.

In addition to the sanitary fence, the executive created multidisciplinary teams, with social workers, nurses, doctors and psychologists, to do “permanent monitoring and be present on the spot” in Rabo de Peixe.

The Regional Secretary for Health said that these teams are already in the town, orienting people towards changing behaviours and better conduct in the face of contagion or to prevent it from happening.  Also, to accommodate close contacts and positive cases, who are unable to stay in their own homes to ensure the safety of others.

There are already several cases of people who are staying in social support establishments or even hotels, who were removed from their accommodation, obviously with full agreement, to ensure the health of everyone else.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,553 tests was 36.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 28, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 4, 1 on Faial and 1 on São Jorge.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 127 in total.   104 on the island of São Miguel, 15 on Terceira 7 on Faial and 1 on Corvo.

As of Friday, 5th February 2021 there are 19 hospitalised patients. 15 on São Miguel with 6 in the ICU and 3 on Terceira.

There are currently 332 active positive cases in the Region, 277 in São Miguel, 38 in Terceira, 11 in Faial, 3 in Pico and 3 in São Jorge.

The Regional Health Authority announced on Friday that a man passed away at the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada another victim of Covid-19.

The 86-year-old, natural and resident in Ponta Garça, municipality of Vila Franca, São Miguel, had been hospitalized since 23rd January 2021.

With this more death, the Region has had 27 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 3rd February 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Festivities 

The Regional Health Authority recommends not holding festivities or events until further notice.

The Regional Directorate of Health has said that it has received “several requests” regarding the holding of “festivities or events, whether of a religious nature, namely the festivities in honour of Holy Spirit, or of popular nature”.

They went on to say that the decision “at this moment is complex, as it is not possible to predict, with a reliable degree of certainty, how the epidemiological situation in the Azores will evolve”.


SATA 

SATA Air Azores has reported on Monday that flight S4 160 from Ponta Delgada (São Miguel) to Madeira made an emergency descent following a technical problem associated with the pressurisation of the aircraft.

The flight left Ponta Delgada at 08:35 (local time, one less than in Lisbon and Madeira) and landed at Madeira airport at 11:40, having triggered the emergency procedures at destination airport.

The landing and disembarkation of the 14 passengers took place in a normal way. SATA’s communication office said that “a technical assessment” is being carried out on the aircraft in Funchal.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,389 tests was 97.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 89, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 6 and 2 on Faial.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 183 in total.   169 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira 1 on Faial and 1 on Pico.

There are currently 424 active positive cases in the Region, 353 in São Miguel, 48 in Terceira, 18 in Faial, 3 in Pico, one in Flores and one in Corvo.



Situation Report Azores – 30th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Spare capacity 

Gustavo Tato Borges, the President of the Commission for Monitoring the Fight against Pandemic in the Azores, said yesterday to TSF radio, that the region is able to accept between 10 and 15 Covid-19 patients on the ward and three to five patients in the ICU from hospitals on the mainland.

The chairman of the commission said that “fortunately, we have a more controlled epidemiological situation than on the mainland and even what is happening in Madeira.  We have 19 hospitalised patients in the Azores, 18 of whom at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel (seven in the Intensive Care Unit) and one patient admitted to the Hospital of Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, (one in the Intensive Care Unit). Therefore, our hospital capacity is not at maximum.

Rabo de Peixe 

The sanitary fence in the parish of Rabo de Peixe, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, will remain in place until midnight on February 5th, announced the regional secretary for Health and Sports at a press conference.

12th Day Testing 

From Saturday, the Azores will start demanding a Covid-19 test on the 12th day from people from outside the region or who travel from one island with community transmission to another island. Until now, those who travelled from outside the region to the Azores had to arrive with a negative test at Covid-19 and do a new test on the sixth day, A new test is being added on the 12th day.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 5,213 tests was 140.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 105, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 24 a larger than normal rise, 7 new cases on Faial, 3 on Pico and 1 on São Jorge.

There have been some recoveries in the last few days, 133 in total.   74 on the island of São Miguel.

There are currently 511 active positive cases in the Region, 433 in São Miguel, 55 in Terceira, 17 in Faial, 4 in Pico, one in Flores and one in Corvo.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – Wednesday 27th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

José Manuel Bolieiro, the President of the Autonomous region said yesterday that the situation in the Region is complex but compared to other parts of the country the Azores is doing well and currently is the region with the better situation.

He went on to stress that the transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is below 1, standing at 0.93, and the region has been an “exception” in recent days with regards to the general trend of growth of Covid-19 cases.

“We currently have 507 active cases, down from 916”. He referred to the various testing operations in recent weeks in the municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo as a great help to the situation.


Covid-19

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last four days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 4,792 tests was 115.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 87, the other islands with reported cases are Terceira, with 18 a larger than normal rise, 10 new cases on Faial, also unexpected, 1 on Flores and 1 on Corvo, the first case ever.

There have been many recoveries in the last few days, 242 in total.   232 on the island of São Miguel, 5 on Terceira, 4 on Flores and 1 on Faial.

Sadly, there has been another death at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada.  An 80-year-old man. The death happened yesterday at 05h48. The man had been admitted to the ICU on January 11th and was a resident of Ponta Delgada.

The current situation in the region.

There are 24 patients in hospital.

23 in São Miguel in the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada (7 in ICU).

1 in Terceira, (in ICU), at Hospital of Santo Espírito on Terceira Island.

There are 2 active transmission chains.

1 in Pico.

1 in Faial.

There are currently 506 active positive cases in the Region, 460 in São Miguel, 32 in Terceira, 10 in Faial, two in Pico, one in Flores and one in Corvo.

3,448 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 24 deaths and 2,818 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available by contact through the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic

Death from Covid-19

The Regional Health Authority has reported, that an “85-year-old woman died on Monday at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada, victim of Covid-19”.

Natural and resident in Rabo de Peixe, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, the woman had been hospitalized at HDES since January 13th, with a moderate disease, not being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The death was registered at 19.00.  This brings the number of deaths to 25.



Situation Report Azores – Saturday 23rd January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccinations 

The regional Director of Health, Berto Cabral, estimated this Thursday that, by the end of the summer, the entire population of the archipelago will be vaccinated against the new coranovirus SARS-CoV-2.

“According to the plan and information that we have and taking into consideration that this whole process has been advancing and retreating, the expectation is that this [the vaccination of all Azoreans] will be completed by the end of the summer”, Berto Cabral said.  He was in Rebeira Grande to watch the start of the administration of the second dose of the vaccine in the Azores.

3 more boxes of the vaccine were due to arrive in the 1st week of February, now only 2 will arrive with the other box following in the 1st week of March.

The regional director of Health has said “that there are 5,160 Azoreans who took the first dose of the vaccine and are now being given the second dose, this process will end on the 29th of January”.

Beneficiaries are divided by users of nursing homes, long-term care units and health homes, but also health professionals from the institutions and hospitals in Terceira and São Miguel, alongside professionals from the health units of both islands.


Extension of measures 

The Regional Government of the Azores announced, last Thursday 21st January that the restrictive measures applied in São Miguel due to the pandemic of Covid-19 will continue until January 29th, and there will also be extra rules for funerals.  The sanitary fence surrounding the parish of ‘Rabo de Peixe’ will remain but the restrictions in ‘Ponta Garça’ have been lifted.

The Regional Health Authority has said that in the last three days the number of new positive cases of Covid-19 resulting from 8,094 tests was 174.  These tests were carried out in reference laboratories in the Region, in private laboratories with conventions, in the Regional Health Service, through rapid tests (mass screening), in the laboratory of Terceira University and by means of tests carried out in the scope of occupational medicine.

São Miguel registered the most cases with 169, the other island with reported cases is Terceira, with 5.

There have been many recoveries in the last few days, 306 in total.  298 on the island of São Miguel and 8 on Terceira.


The current situation in the region. 

There are 24 patients in hospital.

23 in S. Miguel – Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada, with eight in the ICU;

1 in Terceira – Hospital of Santo Espírito in Terceira, in the ICU.

There is one active transmission cha in Pico.

There are currently 633 positive cases active in the Region, 607 in São Miguel, 19 in Terceira, 4 in Flores, 2 in Pico and 1 in Faial.

To date, 3,331 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been detected, which causes Covid-19 disease, with 23 deaths and 2,576 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available by using the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 



Situation Report Azores – Wednesday 20th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The parishes of Rabo de Peixe and Ponta Garça on the island of São Miguel will remain with sanitary fences until January 22nd

This means that circulation and permanence on the public road is forbidden and the closure of teaching, catering, drinks, similar establishments and cafes and the cancellation of all cultural events or extended social life.

Starting today both parishes are to be subjected to mass testing, 2500 residents will be tested using the PCR method.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,600 tests carried out in the Region over the last three days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 210.  There are 203 on the island of São Miguel and 4 on the island of Terceira.

There have been a large number of recoveries to report, 279.  260 on São Miguel, 15 in Terceira, 2 in Faial and 2 in Flores.

The current situation in the region 
There are 25 patients in hospital

22 in São Miguel – Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada (7 in ICU).

2 in Terceira – Hospital of Santo Espírito on Terceira Island (1 of which in ICU).

There is one transmission chain not on São Miguel or Terceira.

1 in S. Jorge – the last member of this chain, he was evacuated to the Hospital of Santo Espírito on Terceira Island, and the situation is expected to be temporary.

The transmission chain in Faial was extinguished, given that all elements of it are recovered.

There are currently 765 active positive cases in the Region, 736 in São Miguel, 23 in Terceira, one in Faial, one in Pico and four in Flores.

To date, 3,157 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected, with 23 deaths and 2,270 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organisations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – Saturday 16th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

UK Connections 

The British Government has closed international travel corridors with the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, the same restrictions as for mainland Portugal.  This is because of the Brazilian strain of coronavirus.
Until now, passengers originating in Madeira and the Azores were exempt from fulfilling the 10-day quarantine required of most travellers arriving from abroad, but as of 4:00 am (minus one in the Azores) on Friday 15th Jan. they are no longer on the list safe destinations. Passengers who have been to or transit through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal (including Madeira and Azores), Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days will not be allowed to enter the UK.
British and Irish citizens or third-country nationals with a right of residence in the United Kingdom, as well as Portuguese emigrants living in the country, may enter, but will be required to be quarantined for 10 days.
The British Government will also suspend air links with countries on that list with direct flights to England, namely Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores.

Sanitary Fences (Health quarantine)

The island of São Miguel is the most affected in the Azores by the pandemic of Covid-19.   Starting on Friday at Midnight there will be sanitary fences (health quarantine) in the parishes of Rabo de Peixe (Ribeira Grande) and Ponta Garça (Vila Franca do Campo).
With the implementation of the fences, which will remain in effect until January 22nd, circulation and permanence on the public road is forbidden and the closure of teaching, catering, drinks, similar establishments and cafes and the cancellation of all cultural events or extended social life.
In addition to this there are new curfew hours on the rest of the island, they take effect at 00:00 on January the 16th, and will be from 20:00 to 05:00 on weekdays.
On Saturdays and Sundays, the ban on driving on public roads is from 3 pm, having already been implemented last weekend.
There are several exceptions to the ban on driving on public roads, such as travel for health reasons, to work and to purchase essential goods.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,468 tests carried out in the Region over the last three days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 166. There are indications that the measures put in place recently are taking effect.  There are 155 on the island of São Miguel, 5 on the island of Terceira 4 on Flores, 1 on Pico and 1 on Faial.
There have been 141 recoveries recorded, 135 on São Miguel and 6 on the island of Terceira.

The current situation in the region 

There are 28 patients in hospital
24 in São Miguel – Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo, in Ponta Delgada (six in ICU). During the afternoon of January 13, a person admitted to the ICU in this hospital was transferred to the Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon.
4 in Terceira – Hospital of Santo Espírito on Terceira Island (one of which is in the ICU).
There are 2 active transmission chains not on São Miguel or Terceira. 1 in S. Jorge – the last member of this chain, was evacuated to the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island, and the situation is expected to be temporary.
1 in Faial.

There are currently 835 positive cases in the Region, 794 in São Miguel, 31 in Terceira, three in Faial, one in Pico and six in Flores.
To date, 2,947 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected, with 23 deaths and 1,991 recoveries.
Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.
For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .
The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.
It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores – 13th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Earthquake 

An earthquake with the magnitude of 5.4 on the Richter scale was recorded on Monday morning on the islands of Faial, Pico, São Jorge and Terceira.  It didn’t cause any material damage.

The Azores Seismo-volcanic Surveillance and Information Centre (CIVISA) said that the event occurred at 11:47 am and the epicentre was about 67 km to WNW (west-northwest) of Capelo, on the island of Faial.

The earthquake was felt with maximum intensity IV / V on the Modified Mercalli scale on the island of Faial, according to the Civil Protection.

On Pico, the earthquake was also felt with intensities III / IV on the Modified Mercalli scale.

On São Jorge it was felt with intensities between III / IV and III.

On Terceira island, it was felt with intensity III on the Modified Mercalli scale also in several parishes, according to the Civil Protection statement.

The Regional Civil Protection Service of the Azores adds that “CIVISA continues to monitor the evolution of the situation, issuing new communications if necessary”.


New Rules 

During the first three days of operation of the rules to stop the Covid-19 pandemic on the island of São Miguel, no infractions were recorded.

The Regional Command of the PSP of the Azores has said that all companies are complying with the rules defined by the Regional Government of the Azores.

During the weekend, the police did not report non-compliance with the closing hours of commercial establishments, at 3 pm. They will continue to monitor the opening hours of commercial establishments, while the measures to curb the contagion by Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel remain in force.

PSP recognizes that support from the population is essential and recommends that the community contact PSP if you are aware of any irregular situation.

The elements of the PSP Criminal Investigation Brigades, which circulate in un-marked vehicles, will monitor the isolation measures imposed on members of the community who are positive.

The agents will travel to the homes of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 to see if they are complying with the prophylactic isolation measure.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 5,116 tests carried out in the Region over the last four days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is a worrying 351. There are 340 on the island of São Miguel, 10 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Faial.

There have been 131 recoveries recorded, 118 on São Miguel, 10 on the island of Terceira, 1 on Faial and 1 on Flores.

The current situation in the region 

There are 27 patients in hospital

22 in São Miguel – Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada (six in ICU);

5 in Terceira – Hospital of Santo Espírito on Terceira Island (two of which are in the ICU).

Transmission Chains 

In view of the situation of community transmission registered in the islands of Terceira and S. Miguel, the local transmission chains for these islands are no longer listed.

Other islands 2

1 in S. Jorge (the last member of this chain was evacuated to the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island, and the situation is expected to be temporary);

1 in Faial.

Extinguished – 193

There are currently 841 active positive cases in the Region, 797 in São Miguel, 40 in Terceira, two in Faial and two in Flores.

2,781 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 22 deaths and 1,823 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available via the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 



Situation Report Azores – 9th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Regional Government of the Azores, meeting in the Government Council last Wednesday, determined, through Regional Regulatory Decree, the application in the Region of the renewal of the State of Emergency determined at national level, implementing restrictive measures for the regional territory according to the level of risk of transmission in each municipality.

This decision is the result of the growth trend in the risk of effective transmission of the disease (Rt) in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, particularly on the island of São Miguel, which justifies the immediate adoption of urgent containment measures, aiming at reducing the number of infected.

A new set of restrictive measures that may have positive effects on the decrease in the number of people infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 disease and a deceleration of the risk index of effective transmission of the disease will be implemented ( Rt).

The document foresees the special provisions applicable depending on the level of risk of transmission verified in the different municipalities, of low risk, medium risk and high risk.

The counties considered to be of high transmission risk will be those that verify more than 100 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, and the counties of Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and Lagoa are currently identified.

In islands where there is more than one municipality, if the high-risk situation covers 50% or more of the municipalities, restrictions are applied to the entire island, so since the high-risk situation covers 50% or more of the S. Miguel counties, restrictions are applied to the entire island.

This state provides for mandatory teleworking, in activities and functions where this is possible, for professionals over 60 and with chronic diseases, as well as the limitation of gatherings on public roads of four people, unless they are from the same household familiar.

The closing of the cafes and restaurants is stipulated for 15h00, being that during this period the capacity for table is of four people, unless of the same household. After 3 pm, cafes and restaurants can only operate as a take-away service or home delivery.

Distance learning will also be implemented for all levels of education and circulation on the public road between 11 pm and 5 am on weekdays and from 3 pm on weekends is prohibited, with the exceptions provided for this purpose in the respective Decree.

Local shops and shopping centres are expected to close at 8 pm on weekdays and 3 pm on weekends, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, offices and gas stations.

In the municipalities considered to be of medium risk, that is, those in which there are between 50 and 100 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, the measures will be relatively less restrictive, namely with the closure of cafes at 20:00, except for the purposes of Take Away or delivery at home and limitation up to six people, either on the public road, or by table in restaurants and bars.

Municipalities in which there are less than 50 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 7 days are considered to be of low risk, with general measures to limit gatherings and those already in force in the event of calamity.

The measures previously implemented regarding the general provisions remain in force, namely, those that determine the cases subject to mandatory confinement, as well as the mandatory use of a mask in public spaces, body temperature control and mandatory diagnostic tests. .

Covid-19 has had a progressive increase in active cases and active surveillance in the national and regional space, which justified the declaration of a State of Emergency, on the basis of the verification of a situation of public calamity, at the Government’s request having been successively renewed.

The Regional Regulatory Decree determines that contacts between people, which are a vehicle for spreading and spreading the virus, as well as their movements, must be limited to the minimum necessary.

However, the document adds that there is awareness that this limitation cannot be achieved through the total closure of establishments, taking into account that there are several essential economic activities that must remain in operation.

The diploma comes into force at 00:00 on January 8tht, 2021 and remains in force as long as the State of Emergency is in force, without prejudice to any extensions of the same.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,517 tests carried out in the Region over the last three days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 257. There were 248 on the island of São Miguel, 8 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Flores.

There have been 71 recoveries recorded, 64 on São Miguel, 3 on the island of Terceira, Faial 1, São Jorge 1and 1 on Pico.

The current situation in the region

There are 18 patients in hospital

15 in the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada;

3 in the Hospital of Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo (two of which in ICU)

There are 86 active transmission chains

74 in S. Miguel;

10 in Terceira;

1 in S. Jorge;

1 in Faial.

75 extinct chains (four of which in the last 24 hours).

There are currently 621 active positive cases in the Region, 575 in São Miguel, 40 in Terceira, three in Flores and three in Faial.

2,430 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 22 deaths and 1,692 recoveries.

One of the cases reported yesterday with a history of connection to the outside and a positive analysis on the sixth day, left the Region despite the authorities.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organisations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – Wednesday 6th January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 3,017 tests carried out in the Region over the last four days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 174. There were 158 on the island of São Miguel, 13 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Faial.

There have been 130 recoveries recorded, 105 on São Miguel, 17 on the island of Terceira, Faial 6 and São Jorge 2.

The current situation on the region.

There are 23 patients in hospital.

20 at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada (2 of which in the ICU);

3 at the Hospital of Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo (2 of which in the ICU).

There are 69 transmission chains

59 in São Miguel (6 in the last 24 hours);

8 in Terceira (2 in the last 24 hours);

 1 in São Jorge

 1 Faial

97 chains are now extinct. (12 of them in São Miguel and 2 in Terceira, in the last 24 hours).

There are currently 436 active positive cases in the Region, 392 in São Miguel, 35 in Terceira, one in Pico, two in São Jorge, two in Flores and four in Faial.

2,173 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 22 deaths and 1,621 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/   or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: // www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line Covid-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 



Situation Report Azores – 2nd January 2021 – From our colleague in the Azores 

On Thursday, the 31st December, the Vice-President of the Government, Artur Lima, was present at the start of the vaccination process against Covid-19, on Terceira Island, which took place at the São Francisco Xavier Social Centre for the Elderly, in the parish of Raminho.

In this first phase of vaccination, the priority of the Regional Government of the Azores is for the elderly, who will be the first to receive the vaccine.  Employees and health professionals from homes and residential structures for the elderly will also be vaccinated, so that protection is as adequate as possible.

The Vice-President of the Government, Artur Lima, announced that the Regional Government will implement, next year, a training program in outbreak management in homes and residential structures for the elderly, aimed at home employees.

It is a qualification and training programme for professionals in these homes, it will enable these professionals to manage outbreaks of any kind and will give our elderly more protection. We need to prepare for the future, the Vice President of the Government said.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 3,649 tests carried out in the Region over the last three days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 143, a big increase on recent days. There were 127 on the island of São Miguel, 8 on the island of Terceira, 4 on São Jorge, 2 on Faial and 2 on Flores.

There have been 47 recoveries recorded, 42 on São Miguel and 6 on the island of Terceira.

The current situation in the region.

There are 22 patients with Covid-19 in hospital

20 at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada (1 of which in the ICU);

2 at the Hospital of Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo (both in ICU).

There are currently 70 transmission chains.

57 in São Miguel (four new chains in the last 24 hours);

11 in Terceira

1 in São Jorge

1 in Faial

There are 80 extinct chains, two of which in Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Grande, in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 435 positive cases in the Region, 339 in São Miguel, 38 in Terceira, one in Pico, five in São Jorge, two in Flores and nine in Faial.

To date, 2,001 cases of infection have been detected by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19 disease, with 22 deaths and 1,491 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line Covid-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus.

 



Situation Report Azores – 30th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 1,513 tests carried out in the Region over the last two days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 55. There were 51 on the island of São Miguel, 4 on the island of Terceira.

There have been 31 recoveries recorded, 23 on São Miguel, 7 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Pico.

There was one death on the 28th of December of a 72-year-old man at 2:15 pm, at the Hospital Santo Espírito de Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island.  The patient had underlying health problems.

The current situation in the region. 

There are 17 patients in hospital.

15, at the Hospital of Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada (one of which in the ICU)

2, at the Hospital of Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo (both in ICU)

There are 59 transmission chains

48 on São Miguel (two new chains in the last 24 hours).

11 on Terceira (a new chain in the last 24 hours).

76 chains are now extinct.

Five of them in Ribeira Grande and three in Angra do Heroísmo, in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 296 positive cases active in the Region, 253 in São Miguel, 34 in Terceira, one in Pico, one in São Jorge and seven in Faial.

– 1,858 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 22 deaths and 1,449 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line Covid-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 28th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Government of the Azores has announced that the first batch of 9,750 doses of vaccine against Covid-19 in the region is on the way.  They should arrive by Tuesday 29th December.

The vaccines, said in a statement the regional secretary of Health, Clélio Meneses, will be delivered directly to the island of Terceira, and will be transported on a SATA plane.

“The supplier has already informed that the delivery will take place on the 28th or 29th of this year “.

The 9,750 doses of the vaccine will be administered to 4,875 people, with half reserved for the second inoculation, since the vaccine is administered in two doses per person, 21 days apart.

In the region, up until March, the first residents to be vaccinated, will be the institutionalized elderly in homes, residential structures, and long-term care network and health homes.

At the same time, health professionals and people identified in the regional vaccination plan with disease or pathology will be vaccinated.

“From March to June, the vaccines that arrive will be administered to other people, namely elderly people over 65 and people between 50 and 64 years old, with pathologies. From July, the inoculation is generic”.

The first vaccines will be available on the islands of Terceira and São Miguel, as they are the islands where there is community transmission of the new coronavirus.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 6,619 tests carried out in the Region over the last five days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 105. The rate of infection seems to be on the decline.

87 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on the island of Terceira,4 on Faial, 1 on Pico and 1 on São Jorge.

There have been 181 recoveries recorded, 129 on São Miguel and 52 on the island of Terceira.

The current situation in the region 

There are 20 people in hospital

14, at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada (1 of which in the ICU)

6, at the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island (2 of which in ICU)

There are 60 transmission chains.

46 in São Miguel

14 in Terceira

From today there are 67 extinct chains.

6 of which in São Miguel in the last 24 hours (4 in Ribeira Grande, 1 in Ponta Delgada and 1 in Vila Franca do Campo)

There are currently 273 positive cases in the Region, 225 in São Miguel, 38 in Terceira, 2 in Pico, 1 in São Jorge and 7 in Faial.

To date, 1,803 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been detected, which causes Covid-19 disease, with 21 deaths and 1,418 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line Covid-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 23rd December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccine. 

The Azores should have about 28 thousand people in the first group for vaccination against covid-19, revealed the head of the monitoring committee.

“We have so far identified more than 12,000 members of the public who meet the ‘risk’ group criteria, that is, individuals over 50 who have heart failure, chronic kidney disease or another of the chronic conditions that are identified, we have about 7,000 health professionals identified and about 9,000 other employees from multiple social response areas. These numbers still need some confirmation”, said Gustavo Tato Borges.

The chairman of the Monitoring Committee on the Fight against Pandemic in the Azores spoke, in Angra do Heroísmo, at a hearing, by videoconference, at the Social Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly of the Azores, in which he participated together with the regional secretary for Health and Sports, Clélio Meneses, and with the regional director of Health, Berto Cabral.

Gustavo Tato Borges stressed the region should receive about 2% of the number of vaccines attributed to Portugal, noting that the official number is not yet known.

“It is not possible to say at this point how many people per island will be vaccinated, nor how many vaccines per island will be distributed, because the number of vaccines that are going to reach the Portuguese Republic is not yet official”, he stressed, adding that both Pfizer and AstraZeneca have already announced a reduction in the quantities initially indicated.

The head of the monitoring committee stressed that priority will be given to nursing homes.

“Taking into account what happened in ‘Nordeste’, in the first phase, we will prioritize the vaccination of residents who are in care homes and employees who work there,” he said, referring to a home where 12 residents died.

Gustavo Tato Borges said that the vaccines will be stored in a first phase at the hospital in Terceira, but Ponta Delgada also has storage capacity at a later stage.

“Bearing in mind that the Pfizer vaccine needs to be kept at -70 degrees and five days to thaw, we will take advantage of the trips to allow this vaccine to thaw, so that vaccination can take place as soon as possible,” he said.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,537 tests carried out in the Region over the last four days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 60. A big reduction on recent days.

54 on the island of São Miguel and 6 on the island of Terceira.

There have been 82 recoveries recorded, 54 on São Miguel and 28 on the island of Terceira.

The current situation in the region.

There are 16 people in hospital

11, at Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada

5, at Santo Espírito Hospital on Terceira Island (2 of which in ICU)

There are 67 active transmission chains

49 in São Miguel (1 in the last 24 hours, shared between Ribeira Grande, Lagoa and Ponta Delgada)

1 chain shared between São Miguel and São Jorge

17 on Terceira Island (1 new chain in Angra do Heroísmo in the last 24 hours)

49 chains have been extinct to date (3 in São Miguel and 2 in Terceira, in the last 24 hours).

There are currently 353 positive cases in the Region, 270 in São Miguel, 79 in Terceira Island, 1 in Pico and 3 in Faial.

1,698 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 21 deaths and 1,237 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 19th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Starting today, December 19th, passengers traveling from the airports on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira will have to test Covid-19 negative.  These tests will be paid for by the regional government and this applies to flights going to the other islands in the archipelago.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,279 tests carried out in the Region over the last three days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 89.

60 on the island of São Miguel and 25 on the island of Terceira, 1 on Pico and 3 on Faial.

There have been 170 recoveries recorded, 145 on São Miguel, 24 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Faial

The Current Situation

  • There are 15 patients in hospital
  • 8 at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada
  • 7 at the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island, two of which are in the ICU.
  • There are 72 active transmission chains.
  • 50 in S. Miguel (three new chains in the last 24 hours, one in Ponta Delgada and two in Ribeira Grande);
  • A chain shared between São Miguel and São Jorge;
  • 21 in Terceira (a new chain in the last 24 hours in Angra do Heroísmo).
  • 36 transmission chains have been extinct to date, two of which in the last 24 hours, one in Ponta Delgada and the other in Ribeira Grande.
  • There are currently 377 active positive cases, 272 in S. Miguel, 101 in Terceira Island, one in Pico and three in Faial.
  • 1,638 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 21 deaths and 1,155 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

Situation Report Azores – 16th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

Rabo de Peixe 

Between the 3rd and the 13thof December the village of Rabo de Peixe had been closed off to the rest of São Miguel with a sanitary fence.  The fence was used to help control the number of infections springing up locally.  

Currently, according to data from the Azores Health Authority, there are 221 active cases in the village, with the region having a total of 459 patients with Covid-19.

The coordinator of the fight against Covid-19 in the Azores, Gustavo Tato Borges, had also told journalists at the beginning of the testing operation that there would be a significant increase in the number of infections, but, after ten days, a number of people would recover from the disease.

Despite the end of the fence, the Government of the Azores determined to maintain the closure of the schools of Rabo de Peixe until the end of the current school term.

The measure was justified with the “close, present and permanent assessment of the various entities involved”, and with the fact that there are five days until the end of the first term of the school year.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,264 tests carried out in the Region over the last four days, in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 162, a big increase.

130 on the island of São Miguel and 32 on the island of Terceira.

There have been 114 recoveries recorded, 73 on São Miguel, 40 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Pico.

The Current Situation 

The number of patients in hospital is 15

9 at Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada

6 at Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island – 3 of which in the ICU

Active transmission chains – 67

São Miguel – 49 (four new chains in the last 24 hours, two in Vila Franca do Campo and two in Ribeira Grande);

A chain shared between São Miguel and São Jorge.

Terceira – 15 (with two new chains identified in the last 24 hours in Angra do Heroísmo).

31 chains have been extinct to date, three of which on the island of S. Miguel (one shared between Ribeira Grande and Ponta Delgada and two in Ponta Delgada).

There are currently 459 positive cases, 358 in S. Miguel, 100 on Terceira Island and one in Faial.

1,549 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 21 deaths and 985 recoveries.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available by email   esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation  Report Azores – 12th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 3,350 tests carried out in the Region since the 9th of December in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of positive cases for COVID-19 is 58, many fewer cases than in recent weeks. 36 on the island of São Miguel and 22 on the island of Terceira.  There have been 93 recoveries recorded, 62 on São Miguel and 21 on the island of Terceira. Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the regionMost cases now are as a result of local chains of transmission.

CURRENT SITUATION IN THE REGION:  

There are 12 patients in hospital.

6, at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada
6, at Santo Espírito Hospital on Terceira Island – 3 of which in ICU.
The only patient who was admitted to the Hospital da Horta was transferred in the last hours to the Hospital of Ponta Delgada, to perform a procedure, with the return to the Hospital da Horta expected soon.

ACTIVE TRANSMISSION CHAINS – 50:

– 35 in São Miguel
– An active chain São Miguel + São Jorge
– 14 on Terceira Island
– 26 chains have been extinct to date, the last of which in Ponta Delgada, in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 411 active positive cases, 301 in S. Miguel, 108 in Terceira Island, 1 in Pico and 1 in Faial.  1,387 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 21 deaths and 871 recoveries.  Yesterday, one death was recorded on the island of S. Miguel, of a 73-year-old man, resident in Fajã de Baixo, admitted to the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo.  Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations. It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/  , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at  https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/  .
The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt    for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus

 

 

Situation Report Azores – 9th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores   

Rabo de Peixe 

The Rabo de Peixe health quarantine, in force since the 3rd of December, was extended until the 13th of December because of the high potential for active community transmission of Covid-19.  The parish is in the municipality of Ribeira Grande.

119 cases of the infection have been identified following the mass testing of the village.  To date 7000 people have been tested.

Sadly, there has been another death, an 89 year-old woman from the island of Terceira.  It happened yesterday, at 12:36 pm, at the Hospital de Santo Espírito.  She had just entered the Health Unit a few hours earlier. She lived in the parish of Doze Ribeiras, in the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo.

The Regional Health Authority says, from 8,120 tests carried out in the Region since the 5th of December in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 202.

173 on the island of São Miguel, 27 on the island of Terceira and 1 on Pico.

There have been 107 recoveries recorded, 68 on São Miguel, 35 on the island of Terceira, 2 on Flores, and 2 on Pico.

The number of patients in hospital at the moment is 13,

6 at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada

6 at the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Terceira Island – three of which in the ICU

1 at the Hospital of Horta.

49 transmission chains are active, 34 in S. Miguel (with the emergence of a new São Miguel + Vila Franca chain, a São Miguel + S. Jorge chain, and 14 in Terceira (two new chains, one in Angra do Heroism and another at Praia da Vitória).

23 transmission chains are already extinct, the last of which are on the island of São Miguel, one in Ribeira Grande and the other in Ponta Delgada.

There are currently 447 positive cases, 328 in S. Miguel, 117 on Terceira Island, one in Pico and one in Faial.

1,329 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 20 deaths and 778 recoveries.



Situation Report Azores – 5th December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Azores Airlines 

The airline SATA / Azores Airlines will reconnect Ponta Delgada to London and vice versa, starting in June 2021.

According to a statement, flights between Ponta Delgada and the British capital will begin on June 3rd, 2021 and continue until September 30th, 2021.

The carrier has planned three weekly connections, which will be operated on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.


Rabo de Peixe 

Jaime Vieira, the president of the Parish Council of Rabo de Peixe commented on the imposition of a sanitary fence around the village, which came into force yesterday, and the carrying out of tests on the approximately nine thousand inhabitants of the parish with more cases of Covid-19 in the Azores (78).

“It will be a mega operation. We know that it is impossible to test everyone, but this operation is ‘very complex’ and involves several institutions. Only with this union of efforts will we do what we intend and we know that everything will be fine” he said.

The testing of residents of the village in the municipality of Ribeira Grande will start on Friday and will run until Sunday.

According to the chairman of the board, there will be five mobile units, which will be in “strategic points” of the parish, so that “people do not have to walk far to go to this mobile unit”.

Jaime Vieira pointed out that fixed testing stations will still be set up in the parish naval club and in front of the Ruy Galvão de Carvalho school.

“On Friday we will test a part of the village and Saturday and Sunday another part of the village, with mobile units going through the streets so that those who cannot drive and who have mobility difficulties are also tested,” he added.

“This village is to be congratulated so far for the way it is facing and behaving during this state of confinement,” he said.

The chairman of the board also stressed that the mass tests will make it possible to identify outbreaks of contagion and put a “brake” on the spread of Covid-19 in Rabo de Peixe.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,168 tests carried out in the Region since the 2nd of November in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for COVID-19 is 84.

59 on the island of São Miguel and 25 on the island of Terceira.

There have been 148 recoveries recorded, 129 on São Miguel, 16 on the island of Terceira, 1 on Flores, and 1 on Santa Maria

The Regional Health Authority also reported that a 70-year-old woman died on the island of São Miguel, on December 3rd, at 4:00 am, victim of Covid-19, resident in the municipality of Ponta Delgada.

The patient was not hospitalized.

With this further death, the Region has had 18 deaths.

41 transmission chains active in the Region

The Region has 41 active transmission chains, 30 in São Miguel (with the emergence of a new São Miguel chain in Ribeira Grande in the last 24 hours), a chain shared between São Miguel and São Jorge, one in Pico and nine in Terceira island (the connection between the elements of two transmission chains, which merge) is determined in Praia da Vitória. In the Region, 18 transmission chains have already been extinguished.

356 active cases

To date, there are 356 active positive cases, 225 in São Miguel, 126 in Terceira, two in Pico, one in Faial and two in Flores.

To date, 1,1128 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been detected, with 18 deaths and 671 cases recovering.

18 hospitalizations

There are 18 patients in the region’s hospitals, seven at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada (one at the ICU), 10 at the Hospital de Santo Espírito on the Terceira Island (two of which at the ICU) and one at the Hospital of Horta.

 



Situation Report Azores – 2nd December 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

In view of developments at the international and national level, with the declaration of a State of Emergency for the entire national territory, and taking into account the air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, it is now justified the extension of the declaration of the Situation of Public Calamity in these islands, as well as the extension of the declaration of the contingency situation in the islands Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo.

In an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held by videoconference, it was resolved to:

1. To determine, to be in effect throughout the Autonomous Region of the Azores, in the period between 00:00 hrs on December 2nd and 23:59 hrs on December 8th, the following:

a) The closure of all drinks and similar establishments, with dance spaces;

b) The closing, as of 10:00 pm, of bars and other beverage establishments, with or without a show and with or without terrace service;

c) From 22:00 hours until 06:00 hours of the following day, fuel filling stations can maintain their operation, exclusively for the purpose of selling fuel and supplying vehicles to the public;

d) The closure of the Social Centers and suspension of visits to users of Residential Structures for the Elderly, except in exceptional situations, limited to one visitor, during restricted hours, and provided that the rules for wearing a mask, physical distance and respiratory label defined by the Regional Health Authority;

e) The suspension of all travel, inter-islands and out of the Archipelago, of regional administration workers, including public institutes and public companies, in service, unless absolutely essential, and the recommendation to other public and private entities in the Region that adopt the same procedures regarding the displacement of their workers to the outside of the Region, without prejudice to the displacement of the holders of political and high public positions;

f) The suspension of all trips to the archipelago by external entities requested by the regional administration, including public institutes and public companies, unless absolutely essential, provided they are authorized by the Regional Health Authority;

g) The suspension of the holding of public events promoted by the regional administration, including public institutes and public companies, and a recommendation addressed to all public entities, namely local authorities, and private ones for not holding events open to the public;

h) The suspension of opening to the public at sporting events and competitions.

2. To recommend to local authorities the signalling, with the security forces and competent inspection entities, of non-compliance with the rules provided for in the preceding paragraph, as well as with those arising from guidelines of the regional health authority.

3. To determine, at the level of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, between 00:00 hours, on December 2nd, and 23:59 hours on 8th, December:

a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity in the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial;

b) The extension of the declaration of the contingency situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo Islands.

4. For passengers disembarking in the Region:

a) Recommend that, until the result of the SARS-COV-2 screening test, performed on the 6th day, limit travel to the essential and comply with the rules for the use of a mask, physical distance and respiratory label defined by the regional health authority;

b) When they intend to travel to another island (s), passengers must communicate this intention, upon arrival, to the health authority, by completing a declaration for this purpose and, when they arrive at the island of final destination, should contact the county health authority to perform the SARS-COV-2 screening test, on the sixth day, counting from the date of the test carried out within 72 hours prior to departure for the Region.

5. With regard to inter-island travel, recommend that they be limited to the essential, and must comply with the rules for the use of a mask, physical distance and respiratory etiquette defined by the regional health authority.

6. To determine that the implementation of the provisions of paragraph 3 of this Resolution is coordinated, under the terms of Regional Legislative Decree No. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, by the Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service of the Azores, being he is already authorized to request the collaboration of the security forces, as well as the use of human and material resources from the regional administration.

7. The charges resulting from accommodation, in addition to that initially hired by passengers disembarked in the Region, pursuant to paragraph 4, for compliance with mandatory confinement derived from POSITIVE result to SARS-CoV-2, as well as for prophylactic isolation, determined by the health authority, are assumed by the Region, under the terms to be defined by joint order of the members of the Regional Government with competence in matters of finance, health and tourism.

8. Failure to comply with mandatory confinement or prophylactic isolation, when determined by the regional health authority, implies the immediate presentation, by the health authority of the municipality where you reside or is staying, of a complaint for the practice of the crime of disobedience.

9. The measures provided for in this Resolution can be reversed or cancelled at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

10. Under the provisions of article 6 of Regional Legislative Decree no. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, this resolution takes effect from 00:00 hours, from December 1 until 23:59 on December 8th.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 5,690 tests carried out in the Region since the 28th of November in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of new cases for Covid-19 is 114.

79 on the island of São Miguel and 33 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on Flores and 1 on Pico.

There have been 33 recoveries recorded, 13 on São Miguel, 14 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on São Jorge.

Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.

CURRENT SITUATION IN THE REGION  

The Region now has 37 active transmission chains, 26 on the island of São Miguel, eight on the island of Terceira *, one shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge, one on the island of Pico and one on the island of São Jorge.

* In the course of the epidemiological investigation in Angra do Heroísmo, the connection between the elements of two initially distinct transmission chains, which merge, was determined, and the island of Terceira now has eight active transmission chains.

1,044 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected to date, with 17 deaths, 523 recovered cases and 421 active positive cases, of which one on the island of Santa Maria, 296 on the island of São Miguel, 117 on the island of Terceira, one on the island of São Jorge, two on the island of Pico, three on the island of Faial and two on the island of Flores.

There are 14 people who have been admitted to the hospital, six at the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada, seven at the Hospital de Santo Espírito on Ilha Terceira and one at the Hospital da Horta.


Parish of Rabo de Peixe to be placed under health quarantine

The parish of Rabo de Peixe, on the island of São Miguel, will be under a Health quarantine from 00:00 hrs until December 8, and the population will be tested, announced today the Government of the Azores.

According to a note from the press office of the Azorean executive, travel by land and sea between Rabo de Peixe, in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, and the rest of the parishes is forbidden, and the health authorities will proceed to carry out “rapid population tests “.

By parishes, the fishing village of Rabo de Peixe, with around ten thousand inhabitants, is the one that registers the most cases (61) in the Azores.



Situation Report Azores – 28th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

There will be no restrictions for the population travelling between municipalities over the next few weeks.

On Monday, a source from the office of the representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores told the press that the measures enacted by the Government of the Republic in the new State of Emergency due to the pandemic also applied in the archipelago, this was because the Initial version of the decree stated that “it is applicable to the entire national territory”.

The second amendment to the decree corrects throughout the decree the indication that it is applicable to the entire national territory, clarifying that “it is applicable to the entire continental national territory”, thus excluding the islands.

The Azores do not have counties with more than 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 15 days, according to the most recent report by the Directorate-General for Health, so they are not covered by the most restrictive measures, applied to high risk counties, very high risk and extreme risk, but could be subject to the other measures.


Covid-19 

There has been another death in the region, a 64-year-old woman, resident in the Municipality of Ribeira Grande.  This is the first death recorded for six months and brings the total to 17.  She had been in hospital for surgery fell ill at home during her recuperation.

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,650 tests carried out in the Region since the 24th of November in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, the number of positive cases for Covid-19 is 95. 55 on the island of São Miguel and 38 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on Flores and 1 on Pico.

There have been 54 recoveries recorded, 50 on São Miguel and 3 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on São Jorge.

Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.


CURRENT SITUATION IN THE REGION 

The Region now has 29 active transmission chains, 20 on the island of São Miguel, seven on the island of Terceira, one shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge and one on the island of São Jorge.

To date, 930 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been detected, which causes Covid-19 disease, with 490 recovered cases and 344 active positive cases currently, of which one on the island of Santa Maria, 231 on the island from São Miguel, 106 on Terceira island, one on São Jorge island, one on Pico island, two on Faial island and two on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organisations.

It is reiterated the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, here, or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate,

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available by emailing  esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt  for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



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Situation Report Azores – 25th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

New Government 

The new Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores was sworn in today at a ceremony that took place in the city of Horta, Faial.

The new president is José Manuel Bolieiro who takes over from Vasco Cordeiro.  José Bolieiro was, until recently, President of the Camara Municipal of Ponta Delgada.

The new Regional Government of the Azores includes 10 regional secretariats and one undersecretary, in addition to the presidency and vice-presidency.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority says, from 5,587 tests carried out in the Region since the 21st of November in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, there has been another increase in the number of cases, 100 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed. 75 on the island of São Miguel and 23 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on Santa Maria and 1 on Flores.  57 recoveries have also been recorded 51 on São Miguel and 3 on the island of Terceira, 1 on São Jorge, 1 on Faial and 1 on Pico.

Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.

The Region has 14 extinct transmission chains and 25 active transmission chains, 18 on the island of São Miguel, five on the island of Terceira, one shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge and one on the island of São Jorge.

So far, 835 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been detected in the Region, with 436 recovered cases and 305 active positive cases currently, of which one on the island of Santa Maria, 228 on the island of São Miguel, 71 on Terceira Island, two on São Jorge Island, two on Faial Island and one on Flores Island.

In terms of hospitalizations, there are nine people admitted to the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada and four to the Hospital de Santo Espírito in Angra do Heroísmo.

2533 people are under active surveillance.



Situation Report Azores – 21st November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Decree regulating the compulsory screening tests for COVID-19 before departure, for anyone who intends to travel to the Azores, came into force on Friday, 20th of November. This diploma, which was approved by the Government Council and which was published yesterday in Diário da República, was the subject of prior articulation with the Representative of the Republic for the Azores and provides that this obligation to carry out screening tests for the new coronavirus before boarding will remain in force as long as the State of Emergency is in force.

There has been an amendment to this Regional Regulatory Decree No. 24/2020 / A, of 19th November, stating that all passengers who board at airports on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira bound for another island in the archipelago must present proof, in support digital or paper, of a document issued by a national or international laboratory, attesting to the conduct of a screening test to SARS-CoV-2, carried out by the RT-PCR methodology in the 72 hours before the flight departure, which contains the identification of the passenger, the laboratory where the test was performed, the date of the test and the negative result.  This amendment is yet to be approved.

The Regional Health Authority says, from 4,795 tests carried out in the Region since the 17th of November in the two reference laboratories in the Region and rapid tests carried out by other entities, there has been another increase in the number of cases, 94 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed. 61 on the island of São Miguel and 32 on the island of Terceira, and 1 on Faial.  28 recoveries have also been recorded 20 on São Miguel and 3 on the island of Terceira, 4 on São Jorge and 1 on Santa Maria. Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.

The Region now has 14 extinct transmission chains and 18 active transmission chains, 11 on the island of , five on the island of Terceira, one shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge and one on the island of São Jorge. So far, 735 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 379 recovered cases and 263 active positive cases currently, of which 205 on the island of São Miguel, 51 on Terceira island, three on São Jorge island, one on Pico island and three on Faial island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations. The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.
It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

Situation Report Azores – 18th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Schools 

The Regional Secretariat for Education and Culture has said that, following the permanent monitoring of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, on the island of S. Miguel, the following schools will be closed, starting at 00:00 on the 16th of November:

In Rabo de Peixe, EB1 / JI Luísa Constantino, in Ribeira Grande, the headquarters school of the Integrated Basic School, EB1 / JI of Ribeirinha and Secundária will be closed; in Arrifes, the main school, and the EB1 / JI of Covoada and Relva.

The Armando Cortês-Rodrigues Basic and Secondary School, in Vila Franca do Campo, and the EBI headquarters school of Água de Pau will also be closed.

In Ponta Delgada, in terms of public education, the headquarters school of Basic and Integrated Canto da Maia and Secondary Domingos Rebelo are also closed.

The professional schools of the Ponta Delgada and Povoação Chamber of Commerce will also be closed, as well as the Cantinho Encantado nursery school, Arco-Iris nursery and kindergarten, A Passarada, João de Deus and Castanheiro School, within the scope of private schools and private institutions of social solidarity.

The closure of the School of Tourism and Hotel Training of Ponta Delgada was added to the educational establishments already closed

This information is subject to update, according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation and the guidelines of the Regional Health Authority.


Masks 

The Regional Decree regulating the mandatory use of masks in public spaces and roads, adapting to the Region the recently approved national law on this matter, comes into force on Tuesday, November 17th.

The diploma, which was approved by the Government Council on November 4th and which is published yesterday in Diário da República, takes into account the epidemiological situation in the Region, as well as the importance of implementing measures aimed at limiting the spread of the disease Covid-19, protecting the health of the population.

From Tuesday, the use of a mask is mandatory for people aged 10 and older for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, whenever the recommended physical distance by regional health authorities proves impractical.

This obligation is waived by presenting a medical certificate for multipurpose disability or a medical declaration, in the case of people with cognitive impairment, development and psychological disorders; of a medical declaration attesting that the person’s clinical condition is not consistent with the use of masks; when the use of a mask is incompatible with the nature of the activities that people are carrying out; and in relation to people who are part of the same household, when they are not in the proximity of third parties.

In the Autonomous Region of the Azores, enforcement of Law No. 62-A / 2020, of 27th October, is the responsibility of the security forces, the municipal police, health authorities and the Regional Inspection of Economic Activities.

This Regional Regulatory Decree is expected to be in force in the Region as long as the national law on the mandatory use of masks in public spaces and roads is in force.


Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 5,780 tests carried out in the Region since the 14th of November there has been another increase in the number of cases, 75 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed. 63 on the island of São Miguel and 11 on the island of Terceira, 6 and 1 on Faial.  40 recoveries have also been recorded 32 on São Miguel and 5 on the island of Terceira, 2 on Pico and 1 on São Jorge.

Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.

The rest of the cases are from chains of transmission that already exist in the region.  The Region now has 13 extinct transmission chains and 12 active transmission chains, five of which on the island of São Miguel, four on the island of Terceira, two shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge and one on the island of São Jorge.

So far, 641 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 351 recovered cases and 197 active positive cases currently, of which 164 on the island of São Miguel, 22 on Terceira island, seven on São Jorge island, one on Pico island, two on Faial island and one on Santa Maria island.

There has been a total of 199,085 tests for SARS-CoV-2 undertaken in the region.  10 people are in hospital, 7 on São Miguel and 3 on Terceira.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.



Situation Report Azores – 14th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Azores has changed from Orange to Red on the list of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) for the transmission of the new coronavirus.
According to TSF (radio), after the Autonomous Region of Madeira, which also entered the red list last week, the Azores were the last Portuguese region where the risk was still classified as medium (Orange).

The risk maps are based on positive cases in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants and on the percentage of tests done with a positive result.
It is considered a high-risk region when there are more than 50 active cases (those detected in the last 14 days) per 100,000 inhabitants and the rate of positivity is over 4%.

Covid-19 

On Wednesday the 11th November the Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 1,516 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours in the two laboratories in the Region, as well as the tests carried out in private laboratories, 26 positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed, 23 of which on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Santa Maria and two on the island of Terceira, and a recovery was recorded on the island of São Miguel.

As part of the screening of those who arrive in the Region, two positive cases were diagnosed on the island of São Miguel, one woman, 32 years old, and one man, 56 years old, non-residents, from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, who presented a negative SARS-CoV-2 screening test on arrival and whose analysis performed after the sixth day produced a positive result.

Within the scope of transmission chains in epidemiological investigation in the Region, 24 cases were identified, 21 on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Santa Maria and two on the island of Terceira.

In the context of epidemiological investigation related to an entertainment establishment in Ponta Delgada, 13 cases were diagnosed, namely 12 on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Santa Maria.

On the island of São Miguel, six women were identified, aged between 11 and 66 years old, one of them through screening in the workplace, carried out in a private laboratory, and six men, aged between 4 and 69 years.

On the island of Santa Maria, a positive case was detected, referring to a 37-year-old man.

On the island of São Miguel, four women were also diagnosed, aged between 7 and 51 years old, and three men individuals, aged between 6 and 49 years old, and related to the chain of transmission in epidemiological investigation in Ribeira Grande.

In the context of the epidemiological investigation of another previously reported case, a 32-year-old woman and 34-year-old man were diagnosed on the island of São Miguel.

On the island of Terceira, a positive case was detected, referring to a 59-year-old woman, close contact with a high risk of a case reported on the 8th November.

A positive case was also diagnosed in the context of the chain of transmission related to a restaurant in the parish of São Mateus, in Angra do Heroísmo, namely a man, 25 years old.

In addition, two positive cases previously reported, referring to men, aged 26 and 37, on the island of São Miguel, presented documentation proving infection and subsequent recovery, so they are no longer considered active in the Region.

A positive case, corresponding to a 25-year-old man, also left the Region, namely the island of São Miguel, in spite of the authorities, with the Municipal Health Authority taking care of the procedures for its subsequent monitoring.

On Thursday the 12th of November the Regional Health Authority reported that, from 1,371 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours in the two reference laboratories in the Region and those carried out in private laboratories, 16 positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed, 13 on the island of São Miguel, two on the island of São Jorge and one on the island of Pico.

It should also be noted that, following the updating of the recovery criteria and clinical discharge in force in the Region, in accordance with the criteria established by the Directorate-General for Health and following the recommendations of the World Health Organization, 66 recoveries were recorded, of which 55 on São Miguel island, one on Santa Maria island, six on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, two on Faial island and one on Flores island.

With these 66 recoveries, the number of cases recovered in the Autonomous Region of the Azores rises to 311.

Five positive cases were diagnosed in the context of screening those who arrive in the Region, three on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of São Jorge and one on the island of Pico.

On the island of São Miguel, two men, 35 and 47 years old, from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland were diagnosed, who tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 screening test on arrival at the island of São Miguel, and another 20-year-old man, also from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 on arrival and whose analysis performed after the sixth day produced a positive result.

On the island of São Jorge, a 25-year-old woman was detected, coming from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, who also presented a negative SARS-CoV-2 screening test on arrival and whose analysis was performed after the sixth day produced a positive result.

On the island of Pico, a 58-year-old man, from an air connection with the American continent, whose SARS-CoV-2 screening test presented on arrival indicated a negative result and whose analysis performed after sixth day produced a positive result.

In the context of the epidemiological investigation related to an entertainment establishment in Ponta Delgada, five cases were diagnosed on the island of São Miguel, namely three women, aged between 15 and 49 years old, and two men, aged 18 and 72 years old.

Two positive cases were also detected, a woman, 49 years old, and a man, 56 years old, already identified as close contacts of high risk of a case detected in the scope of the screening for entry to the hospital.  A positive case was detected on the island of São Miguel, corresponding to a 35-year-old woman, from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, who underwent a SARS-CoV-2 screening test upon arrival with a result positive, but that, for having presented documentation proving infection and subsequent recovery, it is not considered an active case in the Region.

On the island of São Jorge, a positive case was identified, referring to a 17-year-old man, a close contact with another previously reported case, associated with a gym located in the municipality of Velas, with the Municipal Health Delegation triggering the procedures for identification, testing and surveillance of close contacts.

On Friday the 13th of November, The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 1,566 tests carried out in the last 24 hours in the two reference laboratories in the Region and those carried out in private laboratories, 16 positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel were diagnosed.

In the context of the epidemiological investigation related to an entertainment establishment in Ponta Delgada, nine women were diagnosed, aged between 6 and 63 years old, and five men, aged between 24 and 69 years old.

Two positive cases were also detected, corresponding to a woman, 35 years old, following the onset of symptoms, and to a man, 52 years old, in the scope of the screening of health professionals , cases that are now under epidemiological investigation, with the Municipal Health Authority having initiated the procedures inherent to the identification, testing and surveillance of close contacts.

In addition, it should be noted that a positive case reported on November 10th, corresponding to a 28-year-old man, from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, presented documentation proving infection and subsequent recovery, so it is not considered an active case in Region.

It is further reported that there are currently 13 extinct transmission chains and eight active transmission chains in the Region, three on the island of São Miguel, two on the island of Terceira, two shared between the island of São Miguel and the island of São Jorge and one on the island of São Jorge.

So far, 566 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 311 recovered cases and 162 active positive cases currently, of which 133 on the island of São Miguel, 16 on Terceira island, eight on São Jorge island, three on Pico island, one on Faial island and one on Santa Maria island.

Situation Report Azores – 11th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of the tests carried out in the Region there has been a large increase in the number of cases.   65 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the last 4 days, 51 on the island of São Miguel and 7 on the island of Terceira, 6 on the island of São Jorge and 1 on Faial.  3 recoveries have also been recorded 2 on São Miguel and 1 on the island of Terceira.

Some of the cases have been discovered as part of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test carried out on arrival at ports and airports and through the analysis performed after the sixth day in the region.

Other cases are associated with the existing chains of transmission, 10 chains on São Miguel and 1 on São Jorge.

These are some of the highest daily figures since the peaks in April earlier this year.

So far, 507 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 179 active positive cases, of which 141 on the island of São Miguel, 20 on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, six on São Jorge island, six on Pico island, three on Faial island, one on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 7th November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Government Council approved a regional decree regulating the mandatory use of masks in public spaces and roads, an adaptation of the recently approved national law on this matter in the Region. This decision by the Government of the Azores, which met on Wednesday by videoconference, takes into account the epidemiological situation in the Region, as well as the importance of implementing measures aimed at limiting the spread of the COVID-19 disease, protecting the health of the population.

The use of a mask by people aged 10 and older is mandatory for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, whenever the physical distance recommended by the regional health authorities is shown to be impractical.

This obligation is waived by presenting a medical certificate for multipurpose disability or a medical declaration, in the case of people with cognitive impairment, development and psychological disorders; of a medical declaration attesting that the person’s clinical condition is not consistent with the use of masks; when the use of a mask is incompatible with the nature of the activities that people are carrying out; and in relation to people who are part of the same household, when they are not in the proximity of third parties. In the Autonomous Region of the Azores, enforcement of Law No. 62-A / 2020, of October 27, is the responsibility of the security forces, the municipal police, health authorities and the Regional Inspection of Economic Activities.

This Regional Regulatory Decree, which is expected to be in force in the archipelago while the national law on the mandatory use of masks in public spaces and roads is in force, is now going to be promulgated by the Representative of the Republic and comes into force on the day after its publication in the Official Journal.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of 3,396 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in since the 3rdNovember, 39 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, of which 31 on the island of São Miguel, 6 on the island of Terceira, 2 on Pico.  1 recovery has been recorded on the island of São Miguel. So far, 441 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 241 recovered cases and 121 active positive cases currently, of which 95 on the island of São Miguel, 15 on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, six on Pico island, two on Faial island, one on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

According to the Regional Director of Health, there are 11 active transmission chains – two in Terceira, one in Pico and eight in São Miguel. Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.
The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Situation Report Azores – 3rd November 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Vouchers

The Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment and Tourism, through the Regional Directorate for Tourism, has issued more than 2,500 “Destino Seguro Açores” vouchers, with a value of more than 90 thousand euros.

This is a measure implemented on the 21st of October and is an investment of 1.2 million euros.

The “Destino Seguro Açores” voucher is a financial incentive of 35 euros for conducting screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 prior to arrival in the Azores, which can be used exclusively for the acquisition of goods or services in the region related to the tourism sector.

To take advantage of this incentive, when filling out the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire in the My Safe Azores tool, at https://mysafeazores.com , the passenger must select the option ‘Benefit from the “Destination Insurance Açores” Voucher, after the validation of the negative test by the Regional Health Authority, the voucher is sent to the email address in the questionnaire.

The incentive can be used with the Network of Members, which, so far, already has 238 companies distributed across all islands of the archipelago.

The list of participating companies, permanently open to new registrations, is available for consultation at https://voucher.azores.gov.pt/pt-pt/Rede-de-Aderentes .

Interested parties can obtain more information at  https://voucher.azores.gov.pt/pt-pt .

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of 2,567 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in since the 31st October, 13 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, of which 8 on the island of São Miguel, 2 on the island of Terceira, 2 on Pico and 1 on the island of Faial, and 3 recoveries were recorded on the island of São Miguel.

It should be noted that a case reported on Saturday, October 31st, corresponding to a woman of 28 years, on the island of São Miguel, presented documentation proving infection and subsequent recovery, which is why it is no longer considered active in the Region.

There is also the recovery of 3 men on the island of São Miguel, bringing to 240 the number of cases recovered in the Region.

So far, 402 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 86 active positive cases, of which 66 on the island of São Miguel, 10 on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, three on Faial island, one on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

Situation Report Azores – 31st October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

 

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The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 6,839 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 24th of October, 20 positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Faial and Terceira have been diagnosed. All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

A 24-year-old man was also diagnosed following contact with the Azores Health Line, and the epidemiological investigation of how he caught the infection is now underway. A 31-year-old man was diagnosed, not resident in the Region, from an air connection with the Portuguese mainland, whose SARS-CoV-2 screening test performed on arrival produced a positive result. However, and according to the practice followed in previous situations, having submitted documentation proving infection and recovery in the country of origin, it is not considered an active case in the Region. Users of a gymnasium have all been tested and the results were negative.

6 recoveries have been recorded, 2 on São Miguel 2 on Pico and 2 on Terceira.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.  So far, 384 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 80 active positive cases currently, of which 64 on the island of São Miguel, nine on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, two on Pico island, two on Faial island, one on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations. The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ . The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 24th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Government is keen to point out that taking into account the data known, as of today, on the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Region, the measures determined for the continental territory, in the scope of the calamity situation, namely those related to the prohibitions of movement between municipalities or circulation in public spaces and roads, do not apply to the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The current regulations as of today, are:-

Government Council Resolution No. 275/2020 of October 23rd, 2020 

Government Presidency 

Summary 

Extends the declaration of the situation of public calamity in the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial.

Government Council Resolution No. 275/2020 of October 23rd, 2020 

Following the permanent monitoring of the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as of today, there are a total of sixty-nine positive positive cases, of which forty-six on the island of São Miguel, eleven on the island Third, one on Graciosa Island, four on Pico Island, four on Faial Island, two on Santa Maria Island and one on Flores Island. Furthermore, in view of developments at national and international level, and taking into account the air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, the extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity continues to be justified on these islands, as well as the extension of the alert situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo Islands.

Thus, under the terms of paragraphs c) of no. 2 of article 59 and b) of no. 2 of article 66 and a), b), d), e) and l) of no. article 90, all of the Political-Administrative Statute of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, of paragraph 2 of article 2 of the Basic Law of Civil Protection, of Base 34 of the Basic Law of Health, Chapters IV and V of the International Health Regulations, approved for ratification by Decree-Law no. 299/71, of 13 July, in conjunction with articles 6, 7, 11 and 12 of Regional Legislative Decree no. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, with article 45 of Regional Legislative Decree no. 28/99 / A, of 31 July, in its current wording, and with points a), e) and f ) of no. 1 of article 4 and c), d) g) and l) of article 7, all of the Regional Regulatory Decree no. 11/2001 / A, of 10 September, in its current wording ,after hearing the Association of Municipalities of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and the Regional Delegation of the Azores of the National Association of Parishes, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held today, by videoconference, resolves:

1 – Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

  1. a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity, in the Islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, until midnight, on the 6th of November;
  2. b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation, in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo Islands, until midnight, on the 6th of November.

2 – To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts, coming from international ports, the normalization of the mooring of these ships should be promoted, in the ports and marinas of the Archipelago, and provided that the respective passengers test the arrival, unless the regional health authority dispenses so in view of the nonstop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

3 – To determine, for the entire Azores Archipelago, the maintenance, until 24:00 hours, on November 6, of the following measures:

  1. a) Suspension of all missions by workers of the Regional Administration, including public institutes and public companies, outside the archipelago;
  2. b) Suspension of all travel to the Archipelago by external entities requested by the Regional Administration, including public institutes and public companies, unless absolutely essential, provided they are authorized by the Regional Health Authority;
  3. c) Recommendation to other public and private entities in the Region to adopt the same procedure regarding the movement of their workers abroad in the Region.

4 – To determine that the execution of the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Resolution is coordinated, under the terms of Regional Legislative Decree No. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, by the Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service of the Azores, even now authorized to request the collaboration of the security forces, as well as the use of human and material resources from the regional administration.

5 – The measures provided for in this Resolution may be reversed or cancelled, at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

6 – Extend the provisions of Government Council Resolution No. 207/2020, of July 31, until midnight on November 6th.

7 – Under the provisions of article 6 of Regional Legislative Decree No. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, this resolution takes effect as of 00:00 hours on 24 October.

Approved by the Regional Government Council, in Ponta Delgada, on October 22, 2020. – The President of the Regional Government, Vasco Ilídio Alves Cordeiro.

 

Situation Report Azores – 21st October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3892 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 17th of October, 13 positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

There have been 7 recoveries, 5 on the island of São Miguel, one on Terceira and one on Faial.

So far, 355 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 65 active positive cases currently, of which 42 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, four on Faial island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: //www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available at the internet address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

Situation Report Azores – 17th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Communiqué from the Government of the Azores 

Ponta Delgada, 15th October 2020

Following the permanent monitoring of the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, on October 14th, 2020, there are a total of 61 active positive cases, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on the island of Terceira , three on the island of Graciosa, four on the island of Pico, five on the island of Faial, one on the island of São Jorge, two on the island of Santa Maria and one on the island of Flores.

In addition, in view of developments at national and international level and taking into account the air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, the extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity in these regions continues to be justified. islands, as well as the extension of the alert situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Coro islands, decisions that should be re-evaluated in a shorter time frame, taking into account the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In view of this situation, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on October 14, by videoconference, decided:

1 – Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

  1. a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial until midnight on October 23rd, taking into account the epidemiological situation that is taking place at national and International.
  2. b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation in the islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo until midnight on October 23rd, taking into account the epidemiological situation that is taking place at national and international level.

2- To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts coming from international ports, the normalization of the docking of these ships in the ports and marinas of the archipelago should be promoted, and provided that the respective passengers are tested on arrival, unless the Regional Health Authority dispenses so in view of the non-stop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

The measures provided for in this Resolution can be reversed or canceled at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

The Government of the Azores reiterates the need to comply with the guidelines regarding the use of a mask, physical distance and respiratory etiquette.

Vouchers 

The Government of the Azores, through the Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment and Tourism has created a new initiative, “Voucher Destino Açores Seguro”, the platform can be accessed here  https://voucher.azores.gov.pt where information about this financial incentive for the taking of screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 prior to shipment to the Azores, usable exclusively for the acquisition of goods or services in the Region, in activities of the tourism sector.

An order was published today in the Official Journal setting out the conditions and the period for the companies to subscribe to the Network of Members, the conditions for the reimbursement for the acquisition of technological equipment, as well as the concession period and procedure for using this measure.With regard to the Network of Members, as of today, establishments with headquarters or with a permanent establishment in the Region, and that operate within the tourism sector, according to the published list of CAE, can make their membership by filling in an electronic form on the portal.

Regarding the entry into force of the Voucher, it will be awarded to passengers who complete the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire on the My Safe Azores tool at https://mysafeazores.com , starting on October 21st, when they present a negative screening test for SARS-CoV-2 on entry into the Region. The “Destination Insurance Azores Voucher”, with a global investment amount of 1.2 million euros, is a financial incentive of 35 euros, valid for two months and usable, exclusively, in the purchase of goods or services in the Region, in establishments of the Network of Members that develop their activity within the scope of the tourism sector.

Tourism 

According to data from the Regional Statistics Service of the Azores, in the month of August, overnight stays in the region in all the types of tourist accommodation: hotel establishments, rural tourism and local accommodation recorded a year-on-year decrease of 68.7 %. From January to August 2020, overnight stays registered a negative year-on-year change of 74.4%.
In August, hotel establishments recorded 79.2 thousand overnight stays, representing a year-on-year decrease of 70.4%.

Overnight stays by residents in Portugal decreased by 39.5% and overnight stays by residents abroad decreased by 87.5%. The monthly rate of change (relative to July) changed by 120.3%. Total income reached 4.6 million euros and room income 3.5 million euros, corresponding to negative year-on-year changes of 72.3% and 73.5%.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3918 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 13th of October, 10 positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira have been diagnosed. Some of the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay, others have been detected as a result of close contact with a previously diagnosed case.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

6 recoveries have been recorded on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and São Jorge.

So far, 342 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 63 active positive cases, of which 36 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, three on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, five on Faial island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island. Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/

Situation Report Azores – 14th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The City Council of Ponta Delgada has joined up with the Portuguese League Against Cancer, Regional Centre of the Azores, marking the International Breast Cancer Prevention Month and are lighting the city’s arcades in pink until the last day of October.

“Outubro Rosa” is the name of the international campaign to raise public awareness of the problem of breast cancer. A movement that emerged in the United States, after the American Congress determined October as the month of prevention of Breast Cancer.

One of the characteristics of “Outubro Rosa” is the lighting of important monuments of the cities with the pink colour to support the cause.

In Ponta Delgada, the Arcades of the historic centre will be lit up until October 31st.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4948 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 10th of October, eight positive cases of Covid-19 on the islands of São Miguel have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay. 

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Eight recoveries have been recorded on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Pico.

So far, 332 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 61 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, three on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, five on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/

 

Situation Report Azores – 10th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Azores are once again included in the list of Green Destinations top 100 Sustainable Destinations, according to the regional secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism.

“It is recognitions like this that make us continue with this path towards sustainability with strength and enthusiasm,” said Marta Guerreiro.  “I cannot fail to show pride and satisfaction for receiving, once again, this recognition, which places the Azores at a high level with regard to sustainability issues, which we strive for and are recognized for”.

Since last year, the Azores have been certified as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, being the only archipelago in the world and the only region in the country with this distinction”.  “EarthCheck is a certifier that is governed by strict criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, that is, with the United Nations seal, which attests to the quality of its action and our certification as a Sustainable Tourist Destination”.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3881 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 6th of October, nine positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.    The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three people with covid-19 have returned to the continent by air.  There have been four recoveries, three on São Miguel and one on Terceira.

So far, 324 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 203 recovered cases and 66 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, five on Graciosa island, six on Pico island, six on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Situation Report Azores – 7th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4481 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 2nd of October, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and Faial, have been diagnosed. 

Some of the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay. Others are from chains of transmission already existing in the region.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

There have been nine recoveries recorded, seven on the island of São Miguel and two on Terceira, bringing to 198 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 315 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 66 active positive cases currently, of which 37 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, five on Graciosa island, five on Pico island, four on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

 

Situation Report Azores – 3rd October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Government of the Azores has extended the ‘Living the Azores’ campaign until March 31st, 2021, this incentive now includes holidays on the island of residence, according to a Council Resolution Government published recently in the Official Journal, which comes into force on 1st of October.  São Miguel and Terceira were not found to be benefitting from the incentive as much as the smaller islands.

This variation requires the purchase of accommodation, food, tourist activities.  The allowance is fixed at 50% of the amount paid, up to a maximum limit of 75 euros per person.  Mandatory minimum requirements for granting the incentive under this campaign are the purchase of two nights in a tourist resort, local accommodation or youth hostel on the island, the purchase of two meals in restaurants, per person, worth at least 15 euros each, and the purchase of a tourist activity, per person, worth at least 30 euros.

Travel Exemptions 

Scotland will no longer oblige people arriving from the Azores and Madeira archipelagos to comply with a 14-day quarantine, but maintains the measure on mainland Portugal, the authorities announced.

The measure applies from 04:00 on Saturday 3rd of October, this aligns Scotland with the other nations of the United Kingdom, namely England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which had already differentiated the Portuguese islands from the rest of the country in terms travel restrictions.

Wales was the first British region to differentiate Madeira and the Azores, where the number of infections has been reduced, from Mainland Portugal, where there has been an increase in cases.

The British government followed suit on 12th of September, claiming that the more detailed information made it possible to assess islands separately from mainland territories and started to institute “regional travel corridors”.  One of the main criteria for exclusion from the list of safe destinations is when the country registers an additional 20 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants over the course of a week.

The update of the list of countries and territories with ‘travel corridors’ for the United Kingdom, that is, exempt from having to quarantine on arrival, made this week, leaves the British only six destinations without travel restrictions.  Madeira and the Azores, require negative tests on arrival or a period of confinement while waiting for test results.

Entry requirements can be found here.  https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=5532

Covid-19 cases 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3165 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 30th of September, five positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Santa Maria and São Jorge, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three recoveries were recorded on the island of São Miguel and one on Terceira, bringing to 185 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 307 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 73 active positive cases currently, of which 46 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, four on Graciosa island, five on Pico island, three on Faial island, one on São Jorge island and two on Santa Maria island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.  For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region,

 

Situation Report Azores – 29th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4100 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 25th of September, twelve positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Faial, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

All the cases arrived in the region by air from continental Portugal.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three recoveries were recorded on the island of São Miguel, bringing to 181 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 302 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 73 active positive cases currently, of which 49 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, five on Pico island, four on Graciosa island, three on Faial island and one on Santa Maria island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

Situation Report Azores – 25th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency has decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications, until the end of this year, for Azorean companies to continue to access financial support for the purchase of protective equipment and the adaptation of establishments.  This will allow companies to comply with Health Department recommendations

According to a Government Council Resolution published today in the Official Journal, December 31st will become the deadline for submitting applications for the Support Program for the Adaptation of Companies in the context of COVID-19, and its presentation must be made through an electronic form available on the website of the Regional Directorate for Support to Investment and Competitiveness (DRAIC) on the Internet.

Under this exceptional program, Azorean companies can access additional support that includes the ‘non-refundable’ contribution of 85% towards the purchase of personal protection and hygiene equipment up to 5,000 euros.   This must satisfy compliance of the conditions indicated by the Regional Health Authority, aimed at micro and small companies and cooperatives.

This extraordinary measure allows one application per company, making it possible, in the case of an entrepreneur who operates several establishments, that the maximum amount of eligible investment is 15 thousand euros.   Expenses can include funds for the installation of protective barriers, among other moderating and physical distance equipment, the reorganization and adaptation of workplaces, as well as the purchase of devices, personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, visors, among others, are eligible.

The Government of the Azores also decided to extend until December 30th the deadline for submitting applications for projects to adapt facilities of amounts between 5,000 and 40,000 euros, with a maximum execution period of six months, which may under exceptional circumstances, up to 120 thousand euros for companies that own several establishments, within the scope of the Subsystem of Incentives for Local Development, of the Incentive System Competir +.

The Regional Government will grant a non-refundable incentive of 70% of the eligible expenses related to layout alteration works, to the acquisition of machinery and equipment that are necessary to comply with new working methods, for the acquisition and installation of hygiene equipment, among others things, aiming at adapting facilities to established standards.

These projects should have an impact on the modernization and optimization of the physical structures of premises, the introduction of innovative equipment or on the creation or maintenance of jobs, but without neglecting compliance with the guidelines defined by the regional authorities for the reopening of establishments and resumption of activity.   The Government of the Azores, in just three months, has already received around 300 applications from small and medium-sized companies for support for the purchase of protective equipment and adaptation of establishments in the context of COVID-19.

 New Cases

Since the 22nd of September and after 3,587 tests for COVID-19 in the two reference laboratories there have been 13 new cases and one recovery.  There are currently 5 transmission chains active in the region.

A total 290 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 66 active positive cases currently, of which 45 on the island of São Miguel, 10 on the island of Terceira, six on the island of Pico, four on the island Graciosa and one on the island of Santa Maria.

 

Situation Report Azores – 22nd September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Press release from the President of the Regional Government of the Azores 

“The Government Council, meeting in Ponta Delgada, this Monday, analysed the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Azores, as well as the set of measures that in this regard have already been implemented in the Region, from the perspective of those directed at the screening and containment of positive cases, whether from the perspective of support aimed at companies and workers, within the scope of its economic and social effects.

Over these six months, the Government of the Azores has implemented 98 measures to support the maintenance of employment, the disposable income of families and to encourage the economy and the maintenance of the productive capacity of companies, to minimize the social and economic effects of the pandemic of Covid-19.

The combined effect of these measures has allowed the Azores to be the only Region in the country that has managed to maintain the level of employment in the last six months, without registering an increase in unemployment.

In practice, the measures taken have ensured that Azorean companies have significantly higher support than other companies in the country, and non-repayable financial incentives, which substantially contribute to personnel expenses, provided that they maintain all jobs.

To help the resumption of economic activity, new supports were created, innovative in the national context, which reinforced the non-refundable support for the maintenance of employment and created new support for the training of workers, in the period of less activity, increasing the conditions for companies to continue to maintain all their jobs.

In terms of the protection of public health, the system of screening and surveillance in force in the Azores has proved to be absolutely essential for the detection of positive cases, whether tests carried out prior to departure, destined for the Azores, from zones considered to be of active community transmission or with active transmission chains, either from the tests carried out on arrival, or, and very significantly, in tests carried out on the 6th day.

Covid-19 Situation

As of today, September 22, the Region presents the following epidemiological situation:

Since March 16th, a total of 277 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been detected, with 16 deaths.

Currently there are 55 active positive cases, of which 43 on the island of São Miguel, eight on the island of Terceira, three on the island of Pico and one on the island Graciosa.

With the cases diagnosed and after an epidemiological investigation carried out so far, five chains of local transmission are identified on the island of São Miguel.

Since March, there have been 175 recoveries and there is no hospitalization in the Region by Covid-19 since May 24th, that is, more than 120 days.

In addition, within the scope of the system for screening passengers from abroad, 73 positive cases were detected in the screening tests carried out in the network of laboratories agreed outside the Region, as well as 71 positive cases detected in the tests carried out at airports on arrival in the Azores. .

It should also be noted that the tests carried out on the 6th day after the first test, a procedure that, nationwide, is only carried out in the Azores, has detected 40 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus.

This data shows us that, until now, the system of testing and detecting positive cases has fulfilled its function, contributing, to the creation of safe conditions for the Azoreans in the gradual process of returning to normality.

Regional Health Service

As part of the preparation for the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, work has been carried out to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Health Service, which currently has:

– 82 ventilators, which represents an increase of 54% in the number of these devices in relation to March, when the current pandemic situation started.

– 26 rooms of negative pressure distributed by the hospitals of Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo and Horta, twice the number that existed before the pandemic.

– a processing capacity of around 1,800 tests per day in the two public laboratories operating in the Region, there have been days when this capacity has gone beyond that, when, in March, the installed capacity in the Region was around 250 daily tests , an increase of about 620 percent.

In addition to this current capacity, there are about 207 sample collection points spread across the continent and Madeira.

In total, since March, more than 170 thousand PCR tests have been carried out, about 134 thousand of which in the two public laboratories in the Region and about 36 thousand tests in the network of laboratories agreed outside the Region.

The average stock of personal protection equipment in most health units in the Region is 300 days, and in some cases, additional acquisitions of some types of this material have been ordered.

Despite the fact that the Region is better prepared, as a result of the work carried out over the past months and involving several entities, the situation of the pandemic at the international and national level, which is compounded by the arrival of autumn / winter, will impose additional precautions, as we take the necessary measures to continue the balance between safety and confidence in the resumption of social and economic life in the Region.

Government Council – reinforcement of measures

In this sense, the Government Council, in the scope of reinforcing the measures of screening, detection and containment of eventual positive cases, decided:

1 – Proceed with the acquisition of 100 thousand rapid tests, which will allow to reinforce the capacity to screen for possible positive cases of Covid-19 in schools and nursing homes in the Region.

These rapid tests, approved by INFARMED, are a complement to the PCR tests, will be another screening tool, allowing, in less than half an hour and in a decentralized way, the testing of suspected cases of infection, the confirmation of cases of active infection and the tracking of contacts, with the adoption of the respective procedures.

Its use will be for situations where it is necessary to assess, quickly, any contagions,  along-side the tests for PCR.

2 Starting tomorrow, September 23, the annual flu vaccination campaign, starting with the Residential Structures for the Elderly and Integrated Continuing Care Units, covering users and employees, followed by health professionals and the rest of the population benefiting from free vaccination.

3 – Create a reception centre in the Palace of Santa Catarina, in Angra do Heroísmo, with a capacity of up to 62 beds, for patients admitted to a hospital unit or sheltered in residential structures for the elderly and / or other situations that may be justified. In order to increase the number of rooms and beds available, similar to the space already created for the same purpose in São Miguel.

4 – Reinforce the screening for SARS-CoV-2 for employees of Residential Structures for the Elderly, Residential Homes for People with Disabilities, Integrated Continuous Care Units, Health Homes and Home Support Service, on the island of São Miguel, passing from a monthly to biweekly.

5 – Establish the frequency of testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to health professionals who provide services in the structures of the Regional Health Service of the island of São Miguel, every 15 days, instead of monthly, as currently takes place;

6 – Create two teams of professionals, namely in the area of nursing and support for the elderly, who will be in a state of readiness in order to supply, immediately, a possible shortage of human resources resulting from an outbreak scenario that may occur in residential structures.

One of the teams will be based on the island of São Miguel and the other on the island of Terceira.

7 – To recommend to Private Institutions of Social Solidarity and ‘homes’ with residential reception and home support service, on the island of São Miguel, the adoption of a methodology for organizing working hours in “mirror”, in order to guarantee the existence of an available team, in case of contagion by Covid-19 of the working team.

In this regard, a new financial instrument aimed at these institutions will be created, to compensate for the possible increase in personnel costs resulting from the adoption of this measure.

8 – Reinforce support for IPSS and ‘Homes’ that manage social responses, through the constitution of mixed Health and Social Solidarity teams to verify the specific operating conditions of these structures with a view to preventing and controlling infection by Covid-19.

9 – Provide guidance to public schools in the Autonomous Region of the Azores for the adoption of the rule of only having the physical presence of teaching and non-teaching staff, who eventually returned from traveling outside the Region, after obtaining two negative tests of screen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the test performed on the 6th day;

10 – Create a financial incentive to conduct screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 prior to shipment to the Region from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be areas of active community transmission or with active local transmission chains, usable exclusively in purchases of goods or services in the Region, also serving the purpose of stimulating local economic activity;

11 – Recommend the use of a mask in open public spaces with a large concentration of people, that is, in places with greater difficulty in guaranteeing the recommended physical distance.

This recommendation will soon be subject to the respective guidance of the Regional Health Authority.

This recommendation is especially relevant for cases in which the result of the screening test carried out on the 6th day is awaited, and those who are in these circumstances must also pay special attention to compliance with other public health protection measures.

In addition to these, and within the scope of measures to support various activities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Governing Council also decided to:

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores – 18th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism revealed today that the WTO – World Tourism Organization has highlighted the work of the Region under the ‘Clean & Safe Azores’ seal.

The ‘World Tourism Organization’ has said that “The Azores, as the world’s first archipelago certified as a sustainable destination by ‘EarthCheck’ / GSTC, consider this initiative essential for companies and tour operators to implement safe work measures and for that, through concerted action, the promotion and reinforcement of destination security”.

Marta Guerreiro expressed “great satisfaction” for this distinction, which she considered to be “another recognition of the successful work that the Government of the Azores has carried out with regard to the creation and implementation of health security measures in the tourism sector”.

The ‘Clean & Safe Açores’ initiative aims to recognize tourism entities that comply with the recommendations of the Regional Health Authority, after working in partnership with regional entities representing the sector.

IPDT – Tourism and Consulting, is the entity responsible for the design, organization and execution of training sessions.

The Government of the Azores scheduled multiple free training sessions, divided by thematic areas, according to the modules of the Manual of Good Practices, which can be consulted at https://clean-safe.azores.gov.pt/ .

The objective is to prepare for the return of tourism in the Azores by improving the provision of tourist services, from the health point of view, reinforcing the trust of customers and visitors.  The training also aims to raise awareness among tourist organizations about cleaning, hygiene and basic measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19 infection and to provide information to participants to help them adapt these procedures for their businesses.

Covid-19 update

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3197 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 15th of September, only two positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, have been diagnosed.

Both cases were detected at the airport during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from Europe and Portugal.  There have been six recoveries in the region.

So far, 259 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 42 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island, two on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

 

Situation Report Azores 15th September – 16th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Travellers wishing to disembark in the Azores have, from now on, the web tool ‘My Safe Azores’, which makes the health control process on entering the archipelago easier and faster.

It is available here, at https://mysafeazores.com /.  It allows passengers to carry out, in a single interaction and in advance, all the steps that the traveller must follow upon arrival in the Region.

Through this tool, passengers can schedule their SARS-CoV-2 test by the RT-PCR method within 72 hours before departure, in laboratories agreed with the Region in mainland Portugal and in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, fill in and send in advance the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire and also attach the negative result to your individual process.

When passengers complete the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire, they receive a code generated by the application, which can be presented at the airport, making the circulation process easier and faster.

Passengers arriving in the Region with a screening test and a negative result attached to the platform, previously validated by the Health Delegation, can present the code and leave the airport.

For passengers taking the screening test on arrival, the process is also faster, as their data is automatically integrated.

Ponta Delgada Airport will now have new arrivals systems for disembarking passengers.

This is an action of the Government of the Azores, through the regional secretariats of Health, Transport and Tourism, in partnership with ANA – Airports.

There are now three clearly marked zones both airside and landside:

• Inter-islands – yellow zone.

• Passenger disembarking from the outside without a test – blue zone, with three infrastructures equipped with six air-conditioned offices, which guarantee comfort, privacy and security to its users, whether health teams or passengers, where tests will be carried out for SARS-CoV-2, as well as additional infrastructure for logistical support;

• Passenger disembarking from abroad who have test – green area, with six open infrastructures for reception and speedy treatment of passenger processing.

With this separated flow management, the intention is to avoid congestion and crossing between inter-island passengers and those disembarked from abroad, as well as those who have tested against those who have not yet done so.

All the infrastructures created are numbered to facilitate the movement and guidance of passengers and have specific areas for priority situations.

This is one of the measures that allows for greater efficiency in the service provided, receiving passengers with a welcome message.

In this context, the support of the employees of the Regional Directorate for Tourism is highlighted in guiding passengers throughout the process, in addition to the usual reception and welcome to our visitors.

Communique from the Regional Government. 

The Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on September 14, by videoconference, decided:

  1. Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial until midnight on 1st of October.

b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation in the islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo until midnight on 1 October.

2. To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts from international ports, the normalization of the docking of these ships in the ports and marinas of the archipelago should be promoted, and provided that the respective passengers are tested on arrival, unless the Regional Health Authority dismisses it, taking into account the non-stop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

The measures provided for in this Resolution can be reversed or cancelled at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3840 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 12th of September, five positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There have been two recoveries in the region.

So far, 257 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 46 active positive cases currently, of which 35 on the island of São Miguel, eight on Terceira Island, two on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores 11th September – 12th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

It has been reported today that the region has been promised almost two times the amount of community funds, compared to the last cycle of assistance for the Azores.  The money is awarded as a part of the European Cohesion Policy and the European Recovery Plan.  The amount being given for the next cycle is 2,394.9 to be used between 2021 and 2027.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4201 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 9th of September, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Graciosa, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There has been one recovery in the region.

So far, 252 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 44 currently active positive cases, of which 36 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island, one on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

 

Situation Report Azores 8th September – 9th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Secretary of Health said today at the Legislative Assembly, in Horta, that the screening tests carried out on the Continent and in the Autonomous Region of Madeira have prevented 53 positive passengers travelling to the Azores.

Teresa Machado Luciano, who was speaking at a debate on the Regional Health Service, said that testing has been the cornerstone of the region’s strategy for prevention and containment of COVID-19, with more than 115 thousand tests having been carried out in the laboratories of the region and 30 thousand tests authorised at private laboratories.

Our ratio stands at 600 tests per thousand residents, almost twice the Autonomous Region of Madeira and close to three times that of mainland Portugal.

She also said that, despite intense demand in global markets, the acquisition and maintenance of reserves of personal protective equipment was guaranteed, to safeguard professionals and users for at least eight months.

“We are better prepared, not only technically, but also in medical equipment, individual protection and facilities”.  There are 80 ventilators and 26 rooms of negative pressure in the Region, 13 of which are at Hospital in Terceira, 10 at the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, Ponta Delgada, and three at the Hospital da Horta.

The Regional Secretariat is working, together with the Directorate-General for Health, to increase coverage for the vaccinations against influenza, as the flu season is nearly here.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4772 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 5th of September, 16 positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Terceira, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There have been three cases of recovery in the region.

So far, 244 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, have been detected in the Region, with 39 active positive cases currently, of which 32 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/

 

Situation Report Azores 4th September – 5th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Vice-President of the Government has announced that the Azorean Executive has approved 706 applications for the Employment Maintenance Program, this is aimed at ensuring that Azorean companies that have benefitted from national credit lines have additional support to repay these loans, substantially reducing charges and reinforcing liquidity.

“Under this measure made available by the Regional Government, which covers all sectors of activity in the regional economy and almost all Azorean companies, 706 applications have already been approved, which contributes to ensuring the maintenance of 8,567 jobs,” said Sérgio Ávila.

The ‘Employment Maintenance Programme’, injects much needed money into the Azorean economy.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4226 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 2ndof September, four positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and Graciosa, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

The positive case diagnosed on the island of Graciosa, is a man who is, 31 years old, he had already been diagnosed with COVID-19 during his stay on the continent, and was said to be  recovered by his local health authorities, he currently has remnants of the virus and, therefore, not contagious.

228 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 29 active positive cases, 25 on the island of São Miguel, three on Terceira island and one on Pico island.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 1st September – 2nd September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Government of the Azores will extend the situation of ‘Public Calamity’ on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, as well as extend the ‘alert’ situation on the islands Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo, until September 15th.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on August 31st, 2020, by videoconference and is due to the fact that in the Azores, as of August 31st, there were a total of 29 positive cases active on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico.

A ‘Safety at Home’ booklet written in conjunction with the Regional Government and Proteção Civil E Bombeiros Açores  (srpcba) has been delivered to households in the region, it can be downloaded here: https://www.prociv.azores.gov.pt/fotos/documentos/1594742736.pdf

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4748 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 29th of August, seven positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.   

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal. Two positive cases have flown home despite the risk to others on the flight. 

 So far, 217 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 28th August – 29th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Government of the Azores announced on Thursday 27th Aug. new measures to support companies in tourism sector which have been severely affected by the pandemic, this will include help to support the ‘on-going’ operational costs of companies. One of the announced supports is the creation of a programme to support the operating costs of companies of up to 75% non-refundable support.  This will be awarded for eligible expenses, for example, water and energy, rents and rentals, communications, insurance, surveillance and security.

“The maximum amount per company will be 100 thousand euros and, in the case of a group of companies, the maximum amount is fixed at half a million euros”, announced Vasco Cordeiro, adding that 10 million euros are planned to finance this program. The time frame for this initiative is July 1st, 2020 and March 31st, 2021.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3994 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 25th of August, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Terceira have been diagnosed.  There have also been three recoveries. All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

So far, 217 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

Situation Report Azores 25th August – 26th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Command of the PSP has said that over the last few days 3 men have been arrested for Domestic Violence.  On August 23rd, a 43-year-old man was arrested for the alleged crime of domestic violence in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira island.  On the same day, a 43-year-old man was arrested for the same offence at the police station in the municipality of Ribeira Grande.  At Lagoa police station, São Miguel, a 61-year-old man was also arrested for the crime of domestic violence.

On August 21st, at the criminal investigation station, a 41-year-old man, accused of domestic violence, was kept in preventive detention after being interviewed.

According to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), in 2019, the Azores recorded the highest incidence rate of domestic violence per thousand inhabitants in the country (4.1), followed by the Autonomous Region of Madeira (3.3).

The lowest rate of domestic violence was registered in Beja (2.2), while the national average was 2.8, according to RASI data.

In 2019, according to the report of the Portuguese Victim Support Association (APAV), about 42% of homicides in Portugal were registered in the context of domestic violence.

The number of cases of domestic violence during confinement imposed by the covid-19 pandemic has increased by up to 60%, warned the European department of the World Health Organization in May.

 

The Azorean airline Azores Airlines, belonging to the SATA group, will resume direct connections between Terceira Island and the city of Porto, from September 16th, the company revealed today.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 5,441 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 21st of August, seven positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.  There has also been one recovery.

All the cases have been detected at the airport during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

So far, 209 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 21st August – 22nd August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The British Government has announced that Portugal and the Autonomous regions of The Azores and Madeira will be added to the list of travel corridors, following the weekly review of data carried out by the Common Biosafety Centre.  The measure takes effect from 04:00 on Saturday, so passengers traveling from Portugal to the UK will not need to stay in quarantine for two weeks at home, but those arriving before this date will have to comply in the same the 14 days of self-isolation.

Everyone traveling from abroad to the UK will continue to be required to complete a form with personal information and contact details for tracking purposes.  Here is a useful document for all travellers going to the Azores.

https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Recommendations-for-a-safe-trip-to-the-Azores_compressed.pdf

There is more information here https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=6304

Over the las few days the Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3,442 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region recently, six positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed, five on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Pico.

Five of the cases were diagnosed as a part of the screening tests carried out on passengers from abroad on arrival and after the sixth day of stay in the Region, they are two men, 32 and 47 years old, and three women, aged between 21 and 43 years old.  The other diagnosed person, a man who is 39 years old, has been in close contact with a high risk, positive case, part of the chain of transmission registered on the island of São Miguel.

There has been another recovery, a 46-year-old man, bringing to 151 the number of recovered cases from COVID-19 disease.  202 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 23 active positive cases currently, of which 20 on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

Situation Report Azores 16th August – 19th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of 1,203 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours, a positive case of COVID-19 on Terceira Island has been diagnosed and there have been four recoveries.

The diagnosed case is a 51-year-old man, a non-resident, who arrived in the Autonomous Region of the Azores on August 17th by air from the continent, he obtained a positive result when he was tested on arrival. He is in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

The four recoveries are three men aged between 30 and 56 years old, and one woman, aged 25 years old, all located on the island of São Miguel, the number of recovered cases are now 150.

Thus, so far, 196 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 19 active positive cases, of which 17 on the island of São Miguel and two on Terceira island.

 

Situation Report Azores 13th August – 15th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Portuguese Navy and the Ponta Delgada Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Delgada), has provided assistance to a UK flag, sailing vessel “Della Myra”. The yacht is being crewed by an 80 year-old British man. It was sailing about 178 nautical miles (about 330 kilometres) west of the island of Faial, with food shortages, engine problems and damaged sail.  The oceanic patrol vessel Sines was immediately sent out to provide support to the sailboat, this included logistical assistance and support for engine repair.

After the Navy ship arrived to where the yacht was, a technical team boarded the sailboat to supply foodstuffs and repair the propulsion damage.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,316 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, in the last 24 hours, did not reveal new positive cases of Covid-19, but there has been a recovery. The recovered case is a 53-year-old woman, bringing the total recoveries in the Region to 143.

So far, 193 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 25 active positive cases, all on the island of São Miguel.

Situation Report Azores 11th August – 12th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

There are 27 active cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel. The most recent cases have occurred due to community transmission in the night spots of the island.  The health department is concerned and because of this situation, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held today, by videoconference has determined that for the island of São Miguel, between 00:00 hours on 13 August and 24:00 on September 1, the following:

  1. Closure of drinks and similar establishments, with dance spaces;
  2. Closure, from 10:00 pm, of bars and other beverage establishments, with or without a show, with or without terrace service;
  3. From 22:00 onwards, fuel filling stations can maintain their operation, exclusively for the purpose of selling fuel and supplying vehicles to the public.

In addition to these, and within the framework of a number of other measures already in force, the Government Council decided to extend the public calamity situation until midnight on September 1, the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, as well as the alert situation on the islands Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of the 2,497 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 48 hours, four positive cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel were diagnosed, as well as four recovered cases

The diagnosed cases are three men aged 32, 33, and 39-years-old. All of them have had close contact with two positive cases diagnosed in the last two days.  This is a local transmission chain under investigation in the municipality of Ponta Delgada.

They are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

A woman has also been diagnosed positive. She disembarked in the Region from a connection with the mainland.  On her required sixth day test, she was positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The four recovered cases are all men aged between 38 and 54

Thus, so far, 192 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.

 

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores 9th August – 10th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government of the Azores “Vasco Cordeiro” presented his ‘preliminary’ proposal for an ‘Agenda for the Social and Economic Recovery of the Region’ at the weekend.  It is a strategic, ‘consultative’ document that includes 250 ‘suggested’ measures for ‘discussion’, primarily aimed at supporting the tourism sector.

The document is wide-ranging and contributions are being welcome from everyone:  https://agendarelancamento.azores.gov.pt/

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority reported on Saturday 8th Aug that, as a result of 1,404 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the previous 24 hours, six positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel were diagnosed.

The diagnosed cases are four men, aged between 13 and 45 years old, and two women, aged 22 and 37 years old, five of whom landed in the Region by air from the mainland on 6th and 7th August, having obtained a positive result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on arrival.

One of them who arrived on July 6th and obtained negative results in the screening tests then, started showing signs and symptoms of infection.  The person contacted the Azores Health Line and was validated as a suspected case and subjected to the collection of more biological samples and respective laboratory analysis, with subsequent positive result.  This person had already been infected in his/her country of origin.  Documentation was submitted and information that supported its recovery from the infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, so the patient will now be under active surveillance under the coordination of the Municipal Health Delegation.

 Covid-19 Situation

On Sunday after 1211 tests were taken three more positive cases have been diagnosed.  They relate to a man, who is 45 years old, and two women, 27 and 34 years old, who disembarked in the Region from air connections with the mainland, having performed screening tests prior to boarding and proof of negative results for the SARS-CoV-2 virus was presented upon arrival in the Region.

Following their stay in the Region, new screening tests were carried out after the sixth day, with all three showing a positive result.

All of them are in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Local Health Delegations

So far, 188 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.  The last time the island had this many active cases was around 15th May this year.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 7th August – 8th August 2020 – From our colleague in the

The Camera of Ponta Delgada has presented a program called “Animar PDL”, which will cost 200 thousand euros.  This is a series of events in hotels, restaurants and on the streets, created to mitigate the effects of the covid-19.

The events started on Thursday and 229 artists are going to perform in 65 different events.  Over the next few weeks 18 wandering performers will walk through the streets in the historic centre of Ponta Delgada.

Also planned are 16 live concerts, a sample of live art, three DJs will perform, 15 solo performers will entertain, an open-air cinema, two children’s shows and a concert of viola da terra.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,548 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, in the last 24 hours, did not reveal new positive cases of COVID-19.

The Region maintains a total of 179 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and there are currently 19 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.

Children under 12 will not pay for air travel to the Azores (conditions apply)

The Government of the Azores announced this Friday the creation of a national and international campaign so that children up to 12 years old do not pay for air travel to the region, as a way to relaunch tourism due to the covid-19.

The proposal is part of a set of 250 measures on the agenda for the social and economic relaunch of the region in the post-pandemic of the covid-19, which was presented today by the President and Vice President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro and Sérgio Ávila , respectively. The document, available online, reads that ” financial support will be given for campaigning, national, European and international, aimed at families, in which, with two paying adults, children up to 12 years old do not pay for the trip by plane”.

About this measure it is also said that it will be “operationalized” through a contract between the Regional Government, the “airline, the participating tour operators” and “those responsible for offering promotional packages”. The document states that the initiative will start in the second half of 2020, without specifying more details.

In the presentation of the agenda, the Vice-President of the Government highlighted that the document is organized in two pillars: one that aims to “relaunch the economy of the Azores” and the other to “build more resilient Azores”. In the tourism sector, the Regional Government intends to carry out a campaign, at national and European level, in which “the possibility of visiting three islands without paying the inter-island air fare” is offered, with the minimum stay requirement of “two nights on each of the islands “.

 

Situation Report Azores 4th August – 5th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Regional Government has awarded more than 1,000 ‘Clean & Safe Azores’ seals on all the islands of the archipelago, said the Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism Marta Guerreiro.

According to the minister, 18 training courses were held in the areas of Hospitality, Local Accommodation, Rural Tourism, Tourist Entertainment and Maritime Tourism, Rent-a-car, Travel Agencies, Tours and Tourism Information Professionals, Restaurants and Tourism Offices, 1,470 enterprises enrolled, and a total of 1,852 people completed the on-line courses.

The Government of the Azores will reorganise the ‘covid-19 test area’ at João Paulo II airport in Ponta Delgada, this is to “streamline” the testing procedures for passengers who disembark on the island of São Miguel.  There have been delays at the current facility, leading to complaints.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,295 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal new positive cases of COVID-19.

Yesterday, as a result of the 890 tests carried out, a positive case of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel was diagnosed.

The diagnosed case is a 47-year-old man, not resident in the Azores, who landed in the Region by air from the continental on August 2nd, having obtained a positive result for the virus on arrival SARS-CoV-2.

He is in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

The Region maintains a total of 176 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and there are currently 17 active positive cases, all on the island of São Miguel.

In case of symptoms, do not go to a Hospital or Health Centre, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores has also provided the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, at 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available the email address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 2nd August – 3rd August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, after 1,101 tests carried out by the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours, a positive case of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel has been diagnosed.

The case refers is a 25-year-old woman who is not resident in the Azores and arrived in the Region from by air from the Continent on August 1st, she tested positive for the SARS-CoV- virus when she arrived.

She is in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

There has also been a recovery, a 65-year-old man who landed in the Region, on Terceira Island, on July 14th.

In summary, 175 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 16 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores 31st July – 1st August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, after 1,100 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the last 24 hours, two positive cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.

One of the diagnosed cases is a 58-year-old man, not resident in the Azores, who landed by air from the continent on July 24th, with a negative test document.  When he took his 6th day test, this one turned out to be positive.

The other case is a 44-year-old woman, resident on the island of São Miguel, who disembarked in the Region from the continent on July 30th, and on arrival obtained a positive result in the screening test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

So, with another positive case on Wednesday and in the Region as a whole, 174 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been diagnosed, with currently 18 active positive cases, of which 17 on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Terceira.

In other news, a security guard from a private company in Ponta Delgada was the victim of a frenzied attack yesterday at dawn.

The victim was attacked with a ‘close range’ weapon, suffering injuries to the head, neck and shoulder and requiring hospital treatment. According to the latest information, he has been discharged and is recovering from his injuries.  The attacker was caught in the act and arrested at the scene, the 30 year-old man is being held by the PSP in Ponta Delgada.

 

Situation Report Azores 28th July – 29th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

On Monday the Regional Health Authority has reported that, following 535 new ‘tests’ in the Region, two positive cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.  One of the diagnosed cases is a 43-year-old man and non-resident.  He arrived on July 19th from the continent, his test on arrival was negative but six day later when he took the required, second test it was positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus

The other case diagnosed is a 56-year-old man, non-resident, who arrived in the Region on July 25th and who, when he was tested on arrival his test was positive.

On Tuesday 28th July the Regional Health Authority reported that there have been six new cases of covid-19 diagnosed, three were made following 1,007 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, one of which referred to a 53-year-old woman who is not resident in the Azores. She arrived by air from the mainland on July 26th and on Monday received a positive result.

The other two cases were diagnosed as a result of tests carried out in the Region’s laboratories refer to a 62-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl, who landed in the Region by air, from the continental on 25th July and that, after a first inconclusive result, obtained a positive result on Monday.

The other three cases are men, aged between 38 and 54 years old, living in the Azores, who obtained positive results in the screening tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus performed prior to surgical intervention in a private clinic, this is normal and follows the guidelines and recommendations of the Regional Health Directorate.

One of these men had arrived on July 22nd and was tested negative on arrival

 

 

Situation Report Azores 26th July – 27th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores. 

A woman and her five-year-old daughter, put into ‘quarantine’ in an hotel at their own expense because they were sitting close to a man  on a flight from Lisbon to Graciosa via Ponta Delgada who’d tested ‘positive’ for “Covid-19”, have filed a request for immediate release (‘habeas corpus’).  He was sitting, just in front of them on the flight.  Although tests on them have proved ‘negative’, the health delegation still insists that they stay in ‘quarantine’ and the result of her legal ‘appeal’ is to be determined.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old man, normally resident on the continent, has recovered on the island of Flores.

The ‘Archipelago’ has had 163 cases of “Covid-19” infection since the outbreak began on the 15th of March and there are currently 8 ‘active’ cases – 7 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 24th July – 25th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The UK Government announced, yesterday, that existing UK restrictions on travel between the UK and Portugal (including the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores) will remain in place for the time being.  In particular, the requirement to ‘self-isolate’ for fourteen days on arrival in the UK from Portugal, remains in place. It’s understood by the authorities that this is a ‘disappointing outcome’ for many people in both countries.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that, following 968 tests, carried out in the region in the last 24 hours, 1 new ‘positive’ case of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel has been diagnosed.  It’s a 24-year-old man from outside the ‘Archipelago’ who flew into the region from the continent on July the 22nd.  His first test was ‘inconclusive’ but following a ‘retest’, he was declared as ‘positive’.

So, the ‘Archipelago’ has had a total of 162 ‘infections’ since the outbreak began on March the 15th.  There are currently just nine ‘active’ cases; 7 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Flores and 1 on Terceira.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 24th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

A survey of users of the “Azores Health Line” (808 24 60 24) during the first half of 2020, showed that 97% of Azoreans who’d contacted the service are ‘very satisfied’ with the level of support, provided.

Between January and June this year, more than 98% of the people who contacted the Azores Health Line followed the instructions given by nurses and did not need to resort to more help or differentiated care after the initial assessment made by telephone.

The survey also said that about 97% of users, in the future, would use the Azores Health Line as a resource instead of going immediately to a health unit, a fact that Teresa Machado Luciano, the Regional Health Secretary, considered to be “very positive, as she confirmed that the service is corresponding to one of its main objective”.

Meanwhile, the Health Authority reports that 1,023 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours but there have been no new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.

So, the ‘Archipelago’ has had a total of 161 ‘infections’ since the outbreak began on March the 15th.  There are currently just eight ‘active’ cases; 6 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Flores and 1 on Terceira.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 22nd July – 23rd July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

“RTP Açores” reported, yesterday that most of the Canadian emigrants who’ve been arriving at Ponta Delgada Airport in the past few days, have been submitting ‘invalid’ “Covid-19” test results!  A test, taken 72 hours before departure, is required to enter the region, otherwise one must be taken on arrival.

So, last weekend, many passengers from Canada were being asked to undergo new tests and spend time in ‘confinement’ in a hotel, until their fresh results were known.

According to the Regional Health Authority, too many test results that were being ‘presented’ on arrival, were inconclusive or the original testing centre wasn’t correctly identified.

The Health Authority has also reported that 1,023 tests, carried out in the last 24 hours, haven’t revealed any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.  Indeed, a 42-year-old woman who’s resident on the island of São Miguel, has recovered in that time.

The ‘Archipelago’ has had a total of 161 ‘infections’ since the outbreak began on March the 15th.  There are currently just eight ‘active’ cases; 6 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on Flores and 1 on Terceira.

 

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 21st July – 22nd July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reported on Monday that, from 719 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, two positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed on the island of São Miguel.

One of the diagnosed cases is a 36-year-old man, a crew member of a vessel that arrived in the Autonomous Region of the Azores and that remained here while waiting for test results.

He is in a stable clinical condition and will be transferred to an accommodation to complete the required isolation.

The rest of the crew members must quarantine on the vessel for a period of 14 days.

The other case is a 51-year-old man, who arrived on Monday, by air from the continent, his pre-arrival tests produced inconclusive results.  A second test, taken after arriving in the Region, was positive.

He is also in a stable clinical condition and has been transferred from the airport to the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo in Ponta Delgada, for evaluation.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,023 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal positive cases of COVID-19.

The Region has had a total of 161 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease.  There are currently only nine active positive cases, seven of which on the island of São Miguel, one on the island Terceira and one on the island of Flores.

Situation Report Azores 19th July – 20th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority has said that the 931 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal positive cases of COVID-19

The Region has a total of 159 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, with seven currently active positive cases, five on the island of São Miguel, and one on the island of Terceira. And one on the island of Flores. The Regional Health Authority reiterates that measures to prevent and contain the pandemic must be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens, public and social sector organisations.

Situation Report Azores 18th July – 19th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Azores still have seven positive cases of the Covid-19 virus, after the 1,135 tests carried out in the last 24 hours have not revealed any new infections, the Regional Health Authority said yesterday. There are five people on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Terceira and one on the island of Flores.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, 159 cases of infection by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the covid-19 disease, have been registered in the archipelago, and sadly, 16 deaths. Four of the confirmed cases in the Azores were people who returned to mainland Portugal, after being diagnosed in the region.

Situation Report Azores 17th July – 18th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reported yesterday that 2 new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19” have been diagnosed on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira.  This follows 926 tests, carried out in the previous 24 hours.

The ‘case’ on the island of São Miguel is a 26 year- old woman, identified as a close contact of the infected person, detected on the island of Flores and, for that reason, she was already in ‘quarantine’ for 14 days.  The ‘screening’ tests, performed on arrival and on the sixth day, had both produced ‘negative’ results and only the test, performed at the end of her ‘quarantine’ period, proved ‘positive’.

The Terceira Island ‘case’ is a 65-year-old man who also lives in the region.  He’d arrived from the mainland on the 14th of July and his first test was ‘inconclusive’ so he went into ‘quarantine’ but his ‘follow-up’ test gave a ‘positive’ result.

Both are in stable clinical conditions and ‘testing’ and ‘monitoring’ of close contacts by the health authorities are already underway. So, with these 2 new ‘infections’, a total of 159 people with “Covid-19” have been detected in the region since the outbreak began on March the 15th.  Currently there are 7 ‘active’ ‘cases’ in the Azores; 5 on São Miguel, 1 on Flores & 1 on Terceira.

Situation Report Azores 16th July – 17th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Azorean government has produced an ‘online’ ‘risk assessment’ questionnaire for people, coming to the ‘Archipelago’.  It aims to ‘streamline’ and speed up ‘arrivals’ in the region and can be accessed on this website:  https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/

It is also being distributed by airlines, within the 72-hour period, leading up to flight departure.

 

The information collected in the questionnaire will be automatically integrated into the government’s “COVID-19” platform and will assist ‘tracking’ and ‘tracing’ of visitors if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that 1,140 tests were carried out in the region in the past 24 hours but fortunately, they didn’t reveal any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.  There has been one more recovery, a 31-year-old man who’s a resident on the island of São Miguel

So far, the region has had a total of 157 cases of infection since the outbreak began on March the 15th and currently there are just 5 ‘active’ cases.  1 of them is on the island of Flores, the other 4 are on São Miguel

 

 

Situation Report Thursday 16th July 2020 from our colleagues in the Azores

The Regional Government of the Azores decided to extend the situation of public calamity on the five islands that have air connections to the outside of the archipelago, until August 1st, keeping the rest on alert, it was disclosed yesterday.

“The permanent monitoring of the covid-19 pandemic in the Azores has allowed us to come to the conclusion that, in view of the global pandemic situation, and taking into account the opening of air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, maintaining the situation of public calamity is justified”, said the deputy regional secretary of the Presidency for Parliamentary Affairs Berto Messias.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,285 tests were carried out in the region in the past 24 hours but fortunately, didn’t reveal any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.

There has been one recovery, an 18-year-old man, resident on the island of São Miguel

So far, the region has had a total of 157 cases of infection since the outbreak began on March the 15th and currently there are 6 ‘active’ cases.  1 of them is on the island of Flores, the other 5 are on the island of São Miguel.

 

Situation Report Azores 14th July – 15th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

Another earthquake with a magnitude 3.5 on the Richter scale and epicenter about 23 kilometers east / southeast of Cabo da Praia, hit Terceira island yesterday, this event was recorded in the morning by the Azores Seismovolcanic Surveillance and Information Center (CIVISA).

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,132 tests were carried out in the region in the past 24 hours but fortunately, didn’t reveal any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.

So far, the region has had a total of 157 cases of infection since the outbreak began on March the 15th and currently there are 7 ‘active’ cases.  1 of them is on the island of Flores, the other 6 are on the island of São Miguel.

 

Situation Report Azores 13th July – 14th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

On Monday, five districts of mainland Portugal, the Azorean islands of Faial & Terceira as well as Madeira had ‘extreme risk of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation’, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).  For regions with ‘extreme risk’, IPMA recommends that everyone avoids ‘exposure’ to the sun as much as possible.

The districts of Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Vila Real, Bragança, Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Castelo, Branco, Leiria, Lisbon, Setúbal and Faro on the mainland plus the islands of Flores and São Miguel in the Azores & the island of Porto Santo, off Madeira, had a ‘very high’ risk.  For regions with a ‘very high’ risk, IPMA advises that people use sunglasses (ideally with a UV filter), hats,’t-shirts’, parasols and sunscreens.  Also, children should avoid ‘exposure’ to the sun.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that the 567 tests were carried out in the region in the past 24 hours but fortunately, didn’t reveal any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”. So far, the region has had a total of 157 cases of infection since the outbreak began on March the 15th and currently there are 7 ‘active’ cases.  1 of them is on the island of Flores, the other 6 are on the island of São Miguel.

 

Situation Report Azores 12th July – 13th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.0 on the “Richter” scale was recorded last Saturday on Terceira island, it was felt in the parish of Santa Cruz, Praia da Vitória.  The earthquake happened at 19:41 hrs, local time (20:41, Lisbon) with its ‘epicenter’ about 13 kilometres east/northeast of Lajes, said the Regional Service of Civil Protection and Firefighters of the Azores.  This is the fourth earthquake, felt by the population of Terceira Island this month; the last one in the same area, registered a magnitude of 2.4 on the 2nd of July.  The other two, felt on July 8 (with magnitudes of 2.1 and 2.6), had their ‘epicenters’ in the west of the island.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported that the 989 tests carried out in the region in the past 24 hours, didn’t reveal any new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”.

So far, the region has had a total of 157 cases of “Covid-19” infection since the outbreak began on March the 15th and currently there are 7 ‘active’ cases.  1 of them is on the island of Flores, the other 6  are on the island of São Miguel.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 11th July 12th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reported has said this afternoon that the 1,114 tests carried out at the two reference laboratories in the Region in the past 24 hours did not reveal positive cases of COVID-19.

So, the Region maintains a total of 157 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, with seven currently active positive cases, six of which on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Flores.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 10th July 11th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of the 940 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours, three positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.

The cases refer to men, between the ages of 46 and 66, who disembarked in the Autonomous Region of the Azores from air connections from the mainland. Two of the cases were positive after a screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection on arrival in the Region, the other case had a positive result in the screening test performed on the sixth day after the first test. One of the diagnosed cases returned to mainland the day after arriving in the Region.

The Ponta Delgada Municipal Health Delegation has already made contact with the National Health Authority to monitor this case.

The new cases in the Region are in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

With these more recent cases, 157 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease have been  detected in the Region, and there are currently seven active positive cases, six of which on the island of São Miguel and one on Flores island.

Situation Report Azores 9th July 10th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

 The authorities on the island of Terceira have discovered that the man, diagnosed with “Covid-19” and supposed to stay there until he’d fully ‘recovered’, flew back to continental Portugal on Wednesday.

His second test, carried out on the 7th of July, produced a ‘positive’ result and despite having been told this by telephone at about 12:00 hrs on July 8th by the “COVID-19” ‘Home, Patient Monitoring Team’, the man left for the mainland, without the authority’s permission or knowledge.

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 1,105 tests were carried out during the last 24 hours but no new ‘positive’ cases were revealed.

The Region has had 154 cases of infection, now left with 5 ‘active’ cases; 4 on the island of São Miguel, and 1 on the island of Flores.  Since the outbreak began on the 15th of March, 130 people have recovered, three have returned to mainland Portugal but sadly, 16 have died.

 

Situation Report Azores 8th July – 9th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Ponta Delgada Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIPD) expressed concern yesterday about, “unexplained failures” in reporting the results of “Covid-19” screening tests.  In response, the Regional Secretary for Health Teresa Luciano says that thousands of tests have been carried out on passengers arriving in the Azores which is why there’s been a delay in issuing some results.  They should be available within 12 hours but some arriving passengers have had to wait two or three days, in ‘self-isolation’ in their accommodation, waiting for news.

The number of tests, carried out on passengers, entering the region between June the 15th and July the 4th, was 6,825.  2,328 ‘presented’ tests were completed outside the region and 4,497 were carried out at one of the five ports of entry in the ‘Archipelago’.

The Region has had 154 cases of infection with 6 ‘active’ cases, four on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Terceira and one on the island of Flores.  Since the outbreak began on the 15th of March, 130 people have recovered, two have returned to mainland Portugal but sadly, 16 have died.

 

Situation Report Azores 7th July – 8th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Service of the Azores will be reinforced this year with 579 new professionals, from all sectors, was announced today by the regional secretary of Health.

Teresa Machado Luciano said that this year “179 professionals have already been hired” and that 400 more staff from different areas will be hired later this year, including doctors, nurses, senior diagnostic and therapeutic technicians, technical assistants, psychologists, senior technicians and operational assistants “.

The Regional Health Authority announced that the 888 tests carried out at the two reference laboratories in the Region in the past 24 hours did not reveal new positive cases of Covid-19 So, the Region maintains a total of 154 cases of infection with six ‘active’ cases, four on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Terceira and one on the island of Flores.  Since the outbreak began on the 15th of March, 130 people have recovered, two have returned to mainland Portugal but sadly, 16 have died.

Situation Report Azores 5th July – 6th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Executive has said, that in the last 24 hours, 612 tests were carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, with no new cases registered.

So, the Region has a total of 154 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, with six currently active positive cases, four on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Terceira and one on the island of Flores

Azores

Situation Report Azores 5th July – 6th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

“Ryanair” has started ‘direct’ flights from London “Stansted” airport to the Azores again, the first flight to Ponta Delgada airport arrived on Saturday the 4th of July and currently, they’re scheduled to continue for the rest of the year.  Another flight from the same airport to Ponta Delgada is scheduled for every Tuesday from the 7th of July until the 29th of September.  On Wednesdays, from the 8th of July until the 21st of October, Ryanair will also fly from “Stanstead” to Terceira.

At the moment, SATA “Azores Airlines” don’t have any plans to fly directly from the UK this year although they are flying twice a week from Frankfurt to Ponta Delgada on Thursdays and Sundays.

People are hoping that because of the direct flights and the very low levels of Covid-19 recorded in the ‘Archipelago’, the UK government will suspend the ‘14-day quarantine’ requirement for passengers, returning there from Portugal and the Azores.

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 938 tests have been carried out in the Region in the last 24 hours but there were no new ‘positive’ cases of “COVID-19”. So, the Region maintains a total of 154 cases of infection with six ‘active’ cases, four on the island of São Miguel, one on the island of Terceira and one on the island of Flores.  Since the outbreak began on the 15th of March, 130 people have recovered, two have returned to mainland Portugal but sadly, 16 have died.

 

AZORES from our volunteer in the Azores

Situation Report Azores 4th July – 5th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The islanders of Flores have had their first case of “Covid-19” since the outbreak of the ‘pandemic’ hit the Azores, back on March the 15th.  It’s a 39-year-old man who’d travelled from the mainland to São Miguel on the 30th of June and went on to Flores on July 1st.  On arrival, he’d presented a ‘negative’ test for the virus but 6 days later, he tested ‘positive’ on a second ‘required’ test.  Currently, he’s in a stable clinical situation and the procedures defined for a confirmed case, ‘testing’ and ‘surveillance’ of close contacts, have already been carried out by the local health authorities.  Tests on the 3 people with whom he was travelling and staying since his arrival in the region, have shown ‘negative’ results.

To date, 154 cases of infection have been detected in the ‘Archipelago’ and there are currently 6 ‘active’ cases, 4 on the island of São Miguel, 1 on the island of Terceira and now, 1 on the island of Flores.  So far 132 have recovered, sadly 16 people have died.

 

Situation Report Azores 3rd July – 4th July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The autonomous Portuguese regions of the Azores and Madeira have been removed from what’s called the ‘Non-essential travel’ list because of their successes in combating the virus and their low infection rates but unfortunately, while travel to and from the regions isn’t a problem, passengers will still have to complete 14 days quarantine on return to the U.K. This takes effect from tomorrow, July the 4th and stays in place for the time being for all people arriving in the UK from Portugal, as a whole.

The Azores is handling the crisis well as can be seen by its performances since the first ‘positive’ “Covid-19” case was diagnosed here on the 15th of March.  In 831 tests, carried out in the last 24 hours, no new infections have been identified and to-date, 153 people have had virus.  132 of them recovered but sadly, 16 died, leaving just 5 ‘active’ cases; 4 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 2nd July – 3rd July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

A 2.4 magnitude earthquake (very small) on the Richter scale was felt this morning on Terceira island.  The epicentre was about 6 km from Lajes base.

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 914 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal new positive cases of COVID-19.

To-date, 153 people have been infected with the virus since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered in the Azores on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, leaving 5 ‘active’ cases; 4 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 1st July – 2nd July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Government of the Azores has just published a list of ‘approved’ laboratories in continental Portugal where people, travelling to the region, can book a free “Covid-19” test prior to their flight:  https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/LaboratoriosConvencionadosCovid30062020.pdf

The tests, being paid for by the Azorean government, must be completed within 72 hours of flight departure and proof of travel is required.  Results are being sent to the regional health authority as well as the visitor.

Meanwhile, the official state of ‘Public Calamity’ on the islands of Faial, Pico, Santa Maria, São Miguel & Terceira has been extended until 00:00 on the 15th of July.  Despite the “efficacy of the approved procedures” in “containing the spread of the virus in the region”, as well as the “adherence, commitment and responsibility” of people to the implemented measures, the regional government believes that in view of the evolution the global pandemic situation plus the opening of air connections from abroad to those islands, it is justifiable to maintain that situation as well as an extension of the ‘Alert’ status on the islands of Corvo, Flores, Graciosa, São Jorge.

As a result of the 852 tests in the last 24 hours, 1 new ‘positive’ case of “Covid-19” has been diagnosed on the island of São Miguel.  It’s the 10-year-old son of the woman who tested ‘positive’ on arrival on the 27th June.  Currently, the boy is in a stable ‘medical’ condition and in ‘quarantine’ with his mother.

To-date, 153 people have been infected with the virus since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered in the Azores on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, leaving 5 ‘active’ cases; 4 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 30th June – 1st July 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The new hunting season in the Azores starts today and runs until June 30, 2021, “ensuring total respect for the sustainability of game resources”, announced the Regional Government.

The rules for the hunting calendar has been established for each of the islands in the Azores and have been published in the Official Journal by the Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Forestry, through the Regional Directorate for Forest Resources.

The dates established for each of the islands indicate to the hunters which species can be hunted, the period in which hunting can be carried out, the number of pieces that can be captured, the places where hunting is allowed, as well as the processes hunting equipment that can be used.

The hunting calendar for the 2020/2021 season for the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Faial, Pico and Flores “are the result of listening to hunters, farmers, environmentalists and forestry organizations, reflecting the consensus reached between all the parties involved in this process “, explained the Azorean executive.

Azores Airlines resumes internal flights today

Azores Airlines, of the SATA group, resumed this Wednesday the international air connections with four destinations, an operation interrupted since March 22 in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic , said a source of the airline.

In a statement sent to the Lusa agency, the company said that it “resumes” from today “its flights with Boston (United States of America), where a large number of Azorean emigrants reside, Toronto (Canada), Frankfurt (Germany) and, “later, in August, Cape Verde”.

Azores Airlines’ resumption schedule for international flights includes five calls a week in July and October and seven calls in August and September to Boston, five flights a week to Toronto and twice a week to Frankfurt, the company told Lusa.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 29th June – 30th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, following 514 tests in the region in the last 24 hours, one new ‘positive’ case of “COVID-19” has been diagnosed on the island of São Miguel.

It’s a 42-year-old woman who isn’t an Azorean resident, she’d arrived in the ‘Archipelago’ by air from the mainland on June the 27th.  Currently, she’s in a stable ‘clinical’ condition and the normal procedures, defined for confirmed cases, namely the ‘testing’ and ‘surveillance’ of close contacts have already taken place.  She is in ‘quarantine’ where she first went following arrival.

To-date, 152 people have been infected with the virus “Covid-19” since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered in the Azores on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, currently leaving just 4 ‘active’ cases, 3 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 28th June – 29th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

A fresh campaign, aimed at increasing the amount of ‘inter-island’ tourism within the ‘Archipelago’ to help ‘offset’ a fall in the number of visitors coming from outside, has attracted a great deal of interest.

The regional secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism in the Azores, “Marta Guerreiro” says that there have already been more than 1,700 registrations under the scheme that subsidises Azorean holidays for residents in the region.

The program called “Viver os Açores” , “Living the Azores” was launched by the President of the Regional Government “Vasco Cordeiro” a couple of weeks ago.

To-date, 151 people have been infected with the virus “Covid-19” since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered in the Azores on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, currently leaving just 3 ‘active’ cases, 2 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 27th June – 28th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 654 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal new positive cases of COVID-19.

To-date, 151 people have been infected since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, currently leaving just 3 ‘active’ cases, 2 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 26th June – 27th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Government of the Azores is planning to extend its network of “Covid-19” ‘testing’ laboratories to include continental Portugal from July the 1st, in partnership with private and public sector laboratories.  This will ‘streamline’ procedures and make it easier for people, travelling to the ‘Archipelago’.

They’ll be able to choose a laboratory where they intend to have their coronavirus screening test from the list of contracted laboratories, this will be published on the Azores Government Portal. The passenger must present proof of booking and payment for the trip between the mainland and the Azores.

According to Teresa Machado Luciano, these laboratories are required to carry out the test within 72 hours before the trip, and the result must be sent to the passenger and to the Regional Health Directorate before the flight departs. To-date, 151 people have been infected since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, currently leaving just 3 ‘active’ cases, 2 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

Situation Report Azores 25th June – 26th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reported, yesterday afternoon, that following 661 tests in the region during the previous 24 hours, there were no new cases of the virus, “COVID-19”.

Following on from the case of a 27-year-old man who’d tested ‘positive’ on Tuesday but regardless, decided to travel back to the continent from where he’d come, 80 people in the ‘freguesia’ (parish) of “Ribeira Quente”, Povoacao on São Miguel, have, nevertheless, had to be tested for the virus.  Those results are still awaited.

To-date, 151 people have been infected since the first ‘positive’ case was discovered on the 15th of March.  132 of them have recovered but sadly, 16 died, currently leaving just 3 ‘active’ cases, 2 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 24th June – 25th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reported, yesterday, that an extra ‘positive’ case of the “COVID-19” virus was diagnosed on Tuesday, on the island of São Miguel but that the infected 27-year-old man returned to the mainland, from where he’s previously come, that same day.  This was despite being ‘monitored’ and receiving the appropriate, correct ‘guidance’ from the Municipal Health Delegation.  His earlier test had been ‘inconclusive’ but the 2 residents with whom he had stayed, received ‘negative’ results.  Now, back on the continent, he’s in a stable ‘clinical’ situation and is being cared for by the “Concelhia” Health Delegation, there.

To date, 151 cases of infection have been detected in the ‘Archipelago’ since the first case was diagnosed on March the 15th.  130 have recovered, 1 was sent back to the continent by the military from where he’d arrived, this new case allegedly returned by personal choice and sadly, 16 others have died.  That leaves 3 ‘active’ cases, 2 on São Miguel and 1 on Terceira.

Away from the virus, the Maritime Authority has announced that it rescued a 48-year-old man from a cliff in the municipality of Lagoa on São Miguel, yesterday after being alerted at 09.45 hrs. (local time) that morning.  He went ‘missing’ on June the 22nd after setting out on a fishing trip.   Rescue craft including an “SR39” vessel were launched from the Ponta Delgada Lifeboat Station and 40 minutes later, he was found in a ‘difficult to access’ high, rocky area next to the sea.

He was found, conscious but suffering from bruises and he had some difficulties, expressing himself.  Several maritime organisations were involved in the rescue including Ponta Delgada’s firefighters and the Azores Regional Civil Protection Service.

The fisherman was transported by the rescue craft to the marina in Ponta Delgada and then taken to the hospital in an ambulance that was already waiting there.

 

 

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores 23rd June – 24th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Azorean Regional Health Authority reported, yesterday that there had been an increase in the number of ‘positive’ cases of “Covid-19” infection in the ‘Archipelago’ during the previous 24 hours, rising to 3 from just 1.

Both 2 new cases are men, aged 18 and 31, who’d recently landed at Ponta Delgada airport on a flight from mainland Portugal.  One is resident in the Azores and the other, who lives in mainland Portugal, has a second home in the region.  The two men are at their Azorean properties and are in ‘stable’ clinical conditions.

We never stops fighting for every life.

Everyone in the region is hoping that the regional government’s new ‘Arrivals’ policy continues to successfully identify ‘infected’ passengers so that the “Coronavirus” doesn’t get any opportunity to spread freely throughout communities. The cases are being monitored by the Municipal Health Delegation, and ‘prescribed’ procedures for ‘confirmed’ cases as well as ‘surveillance’ of close contacts is taking place.

So far, 150 cases of infection have been detected in the region since the first case was diagnosed on March the 15th.   130 have recovered and one of the ‘positive’ cases was sent back to the continent by the military from where he’d arrived.  Sadly, 16 others died.  2 of the 3 current cases are on São Miguel, the 3rd is on Terceira.

 

Situation Report Azores 22nd June – 23rd June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Azorean football team “Santa Clara” plus their 45 ‘supporting’ technical & training staff as well as club directors have all tested ‘negative’ for “Covid-19” in medical ‘tests’ before their game against “Benfica”, this evening.

The lab tests were carried out on Sunday, in compliance with the recommendations of the Portuguese Health Directorate (DGS), 48 hours before the scheduled start of their match at 18.15 hrs, Azores time, at the “Luz” stadium of “Benfica”.  ‘Cidade do Futebol’ in Oeiras, on the outskirts of Lisbon, is a temporary ‘home from home’ for “Santa Clara” until the end of the championship because of the ‘pandemic’ and its associated travel risks.

“Benfica”, in first place with 64 points (the same as FC Porto), is playing Santa Clara, who are ninth with 35 points, in the 28th round of Portugal’s “Primeira Liga”.

148 cases of “Covid-19” have been detected in the Azores since the “Coronavirus” ‘crisis’ began on March the 15th.  Currently, taking account of all ‘recoveries’ and ‘deaths’, the ‘Archipelago’ has just one ‘active’ case.

Situation Report Azores 20th June – 21st June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The recent changes that came into force last Monday, the 15th June, requiring incoming passengers who haven’t been tested before their departure to be tested here on São Miguel or Terceira, have revealed the first passenger who’s infected with “Covid-19”.

The 24-year-old man who isn’t a resident in the Azores, arrived on Friday, June the 19th from the mainland.  He was travelling with three other people, all of whom have tested ‘negative’ for the virus but are now, like him, ‘quarantined’.  He’s in a stable ‘clinical’ condition and in local accommodation (Alojamento Local), being monitored by the Municipal Health Delegation, and using prescribed procedures for dealing with confirmed cases.  Surveillance of close contacts are underway.

With this most recent case, 148 cases have been detected since the “Coronavirus” ‘crisis’ first began on March the 15th.  So currently, taking into account all ‘recoveries’ and ‘deaths’, the ‘Archipelago’ has one ‘active’ case.

 

Situation Report Azores 19th June – 20th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Government of the Azores has become one of the founding members of the “Future of Tourism” coalition, an international initiative, promoting a ‘sustainable’ and ‘safe’ recovery of tourism as the world emerges from the problems caused by the “COVID-19” pandemic.

With a strong historic commitment to ‘sustainable’ tourism, respecting environmental, social, economic and cultural traditions, the Azores is one of the key ‘drivers’ in of this new global movement, made up by a wide range of government and non-government agencies like “Sustainable Travel International” and the “Global Council for Sustainable Tourism” (GSTC):   https://www.futureoftourism.org/ .

 

Situation Report Azores 18th June – 19th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Government of the Azores said yesterday that it’s pleased to learn that the European Parliament has promised to allocate 8.2 million euros to help tackle some problems, created by Hurricane “Lorenzo” which ‘blasted’ through the ‘Archipelago’, last October, causing severe damage.

Winds, gusting at speeds of up to 204 km/h, ‘battered’ the region including the tiny island of “Flores”, causing flooding in houses & other buildings as well as extremely serious ‘structural’ damage to the port, “Lajes das Flores”.  Other islands including “Corvo” were also, badly hit.

279 million has been ‘allocated’ by the European Union (EU) “Solidarity Fund” to help Austria, Portugal, Italy & Spain repair terrible damage, caused by a series of natural disasters in 2019.

Regarding the current worldwide “Coronavirus” ‘crisis’, the region still doesn’t have any ‘active’ cases of infection, having had a total of 146 ‘positive’ cases since it began on March the 15th.  There have been 130 ‘recoveries’ but sadly, 16 deaths to date

 

Situation Report Azores 17th June – 18th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The president of the board of directors of the regional section of the ‘Order of Nurses’ in the Azores, Pedro Soares says that he’s concerned about the potential impact on health professionals of a second ‘wave’ of “Covid-19” in the ‘Archipelago’.  He reckons that many of them are suffering from serious ‘tiredness’ because of working long hours, some had to work fifteen ‘12-hour shifts’ in a row because of a shortage of nursing staff.  He acknowledges that the Azores isn’t the worst affected area in Portugal in terms of the number of nurses but adds that it’s close to the minimum, required and in some situations, there simply aren’t enough.

The correct number of nurses is ’prescribed’ by law but he says that this now needs to be reviewed, urgently in the light of the “Coronavirus” pandemic to maintain a ‘safe’ nurse/patient ratio.

Currently, the region continues without any ‘active’ cases of the virus, having had a total of 146 ‘positive’ cases since the health crisis began there on March the 15th.  There have been 130 ‘recoveries’ but sadly, 16 deaths to date.

 

Situation Report Azores 16th June – 17th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Secretary for Energy, the Environment and Tourism announced that, as of today, Azoreans can take part in the new ‘inter-island’ tourism campaign ‘Viver os Açores’ which lasts until December 31, 2020.  The slogan for the promotion is ‘ From your island, discover the Archipelago! Come with us, Live the Azores’.

€1,750,000 have been allocated to finance the initiative which is open to all Azorean residents over 2 years of age who live permanently on one of the islands and have the required ID documents.

The offer is for one trip, only, per person and 50% of the cost will be refunded, up to a maximum of €150.00 per person plus an extra 25 euros if a car is hired.  The minimum requirements are as follows:

Visiting a different island than the ‘home’ island.

Passage by air or sea.

Three night stay minimum, hotel, AL, hostel or equal.

Three meals to be eaten, min. €15.00

One excursion, min. €30.00

After returning home, the invoices can be submitted for reimbursement directly to a nominated account.

All information about this special ‘promotional’ offer, aimed at ‘kick-starting tourism can be found here: http://viverosacores.azores.gov.pt/

Currently, there are still no ‘active’ cases of infection in the ‘Archipelago’, having had a total of 146 since March the 15th.  That number was recently adjusted downwards from 147, following the return of a soldier who’d arrived ‘infected’, back to the mainland from where he’d flown.

 

Situation Report Azores 15th June – 16th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

SATA “Azores Airlines” started flying between the Portuguese mainland and the Azores once again, yesterday.  The airport ‘links’ stopped in March because of the “Coronavirus” ‘crisis’ but now there are flights between Lisbon and Porto to São Miguel and the island of Terceira.

SATA “Air Azores” has been set a ‘deadline’ of July 15th for the regional airline’s ‘return to normal’ for flights between the islands of Faial, Pico and Santa Maria and Lisbon, under its ‘public service’ obligations.

“TAP”, the Portuguese ‘national flag’ carrier didn’t stop flying to the region, even at the height of the ‘pandemic’ and they’re continuing to do so.

“Ryanair” plans to resume its flights to and from the Azores later this month.

Currently, there are no ‘active’ cases of infection in the ‘Archipelago’, having had a total of 146 since March the 15th.  That number was recently adjusted downwards from 147, following the return of a soldier who’d arrived ‘infected’, back to the mainland from where he’d flown.

So, the official figures now confirm this.  In summary, there have been 130 ‘recoveries’ and sadly, 16 deaths to date.

 

Situation Report Azores 14th June – 15th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government “Vasco Cordeiro” has announced a new program called “Viver os Açores” , “Living the Azores”, aimed at increasing the amount of ‘inter-island’ tourism.  It is hoped that this will help to offset a fall in the number of visitors coming from outside the ‘Archipelago’.

Details about this new ‘bid’ to develop greater ‘domestic’ tourism among locals, encouraging them to visit a different island than the one where they live, are being announced this week.  It’s expected that there will be a wide range of ‘incentives’ to encourage people to travel more throughout the region including special promotions, tied in with flights, transport, accommodation, meals, excursions, culture and entertainment.

Meanwhile, there is more ‘good news’ on the “Coronavirus” front with the Azores, continuing to stay “Covid-19” ‘free’!

Currently, there are no ‘active’ cases of infection, having had a total of 146 since March the 15th.  That number was recently adjusted downwards from 147, following the return of a soldier who’d arrived ‘infected’, back to the mainland from where he’d flown.

So, the official figures now confirm this.  In summary, there have been 130 ‘recoveries’ and sadly, 16 deaths to date.

 

Situation Report Azores 13th June – 14th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Deputy Regional Secretary of the Presidency for Parliamentary Affairs “Berto Messias”, yesterday, outlined how the nine-island ‘Archipelago’ will gradually be relaxing the rules, put in place to combat “Coronavirus”.

There are new regulations for passengers arriving in the region; Options 1) & 2) have changed, the former option 3) has been scrapped but option 4) remains the same as before.  So, now, travellers need to:

  1. Provide ‘paper-based’ proof, issued by an accredited laboratory, confirming a ‘negative’ test in the 72 hours prior to flight departure from the airport of origin. If a stay is for one week only, no further action is required but if it’s a longer trip, an additional test is required on ‘Day 6’.  The local health authority needs to be contacted to arrange the new test and the result will be given within 24 hours.
  2. Be ‘tested’ on arrival in the region by the local health authority and remain in isolation at home or at a ‘chosen’ accommodation  until the test result is made available, after 12 hours in the case of the islands of São Miguel and Terceira.  Again, if a stay is for one week only, no further action is required but if it’s a longer trip, an additional test is required on ‘Day 6’.  The local health authority needs to be contacted to arrange the new test and the result will be given within 24 hours.
  3. Not applicable.
  4. Return to their destination of origin or any other destination outside the region.

For passengers arriving at either one of the airports on “São Miguel” or “Terceira” but with a final ‘destination’ on another island in the region, there are just 2 options:

1) They present proof of having had a ‘negative’ test, prior to boarding their flight to the Azores and, in this case, they can continue their journey to their destination.

2) They have a test on ‘arrival’ in the Azores, in which case, before proceeding to their final destination, they must wait for the result at their ‘own’ place on the ‘landing’ island or at a hotel, designated for the purpose and paid for by the regional government.  Only after obtaining a ‘negative’ result, can they continue their trip.

‘Arriving’ passengers will be given information, explaining the rules, written in English, French, German, Portuguese & Spanish.

The region does not currently have any ‘active’ cases of infection, having had a total of 146 ‘positive’ cases since the “Coronavirus” crisis began on March the 15th.  There have been 130 ‘recoveries’ but sadly, 16 deaths to date.

Situation Report Azores 12th June – 13th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Portuguese “Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere” (Instituto Portugues do Mar e Atmosfera) has issued a ‘yellow’ warning for the islands in the Eastern and Central groups of the Azores, heavy rain is forecast, starting Saturday morning.

In the Central group there will be rain and the possibility of a thunderstorm.  The warning is in place from 06:00 to 21.00 on Saturday.

For islands in the Eastern group, the warning will be in effect between 9 am and 9 pm on Saturday.

80 prisoners in the region have been released on licence because of the covid-19 crisis.  One of them has been returned to prison on burglary charges!

In the last 24 hours, no new ‘positive’ cases of infection have been detected in the region.

There have now been 146 ‘positive’ cases since the ‘outbreak’ began on March the 15th with 130 ‘recoveries’, 16 deaths and currently there are no active cases.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 11th June – 12th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The 28 year-old man who arrived on Terceira, testing ‘positive’ for “Covid-19”, the day before yesterday, has been returned by the military to his home in mainland Portugal.  The decision was taken by the section of the ‘armed forces’ where he works.  It was decided that it would be better for him to recover at his family ‘home’.

Meanwhile, another passenger who disembarked in São Miguel from the same military flight, tested ‘negative’ for the virus but still stays in ‘quarantine’ at military facilities.  There were seven other passengers on the trip; five of them have also returned to the continent while two are staying on Terceira in ‘quarantine’, one at home and one in the military base, there.

In the last 24 hours, no new ‘positive’ cases of infection have been detected in the region.

So, in summary, there have now been 147 ‘positive’ cases since the ‘outbreak’ began on March the 15th with 130 ‘recoveries’, 16 deaths and currently there are no active cases.

 

Report Azores 10th June – 11th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The nine-island ‘Archipelago’ of the Azores has lost its ‘hard-won’ “Covid-19” ‘virus-free’ status with the announcement, yesterday, of 1 new ‘positive’ case of the infectious disease in the region.

It happened on Tuesday the 9th of June when a ‘military’ flight, carrying 9 passengers and originating in mainland Portugal, arrived on the island of Terceira via Ponta Delgada on São Miguel with a 28-year-old man, testing ‘positive’ for ‘Coronavirus’, on arrival.  He’s in a stable ‘clinical’ situation and is being monitored by the health department, there.  People who came into close contact with the man are being ‘tracked’ and ‘traced’.  Currently, tests are being analysed for one of the passengers who disembarked in Ponta Delgada.

So, a 5-day ‘break’ from any infection in the region has now been marred by this new case on the island of Terceira, the only island within the group to have an ‘active’ case.

In summary, there have now been 147 ‘positive’ cases since the ‘outbreak’ began on March the 15th with 130 ‘recoveries’, 16 deaths plus the 1 new case.

 

Report Azores 9th June – 10th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government Vasco Cordeiro has announced the ‘go-ahead’ for a six-and-a-half million euros investment in the new “Port of Topo” at the east end of the island of São Jorge.

The ‘works’, to improve the safety and operational conditions of the “Porto do Topo”, will be of great benefit to the fishing industry there as well as to ‘maritime’ tourism.

Improvements include a 60-metre long jetty, a 40-metre long ‘mooring’ area, re-paving of the current pier with the provision of an ‘embankment’ of around 1,200 square meters.

Vasco Cordeiro was in São Jorge as part of his ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the ‘Archipelago’ following the first, successful ‘phase’ in the battle against the “Coronavirus” pandemic.

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 310 tests carried out in the last 24 hours have not revealed any new ‘positive’ cases of “Covid-19” so currently, the region continues to remain completely ‘virus-free’.

 

Situation Report Azores 8th June – 9th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The regional government of the Azores says that it’s very flattered to have been praised for its “Covid-19” efforts by the President of the Republic “Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa” who visited the municipality of “Nordeste” on Sunday the 7th of June.  That ‘Câmara’ has been the worst affected in the region by “Coronavirus” with 54 registered, ‘positive’ cases and sadly, 12 deaths.

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 219 tests carried out in the last 24 hours have not revealed any new ‘positive’ cases of “Covid-19” and the region continues to remain ‘virus-free’.

 

 

Situation Report Azores 7th June – 8th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, valued today the “happy moment” that the Azores live in combating the covid-19 pandemic, presenting no active case, “a situation very rare in Europe and in the world “.

“I was able to follow the path of the Azoreans. Up to this moment, which is a happy moment for everyone, as there is no active case, a very rare situation in Europe and in the world,” said the head of state, speaking in the municipality of Nordeste, on the island of São Miguel.

This municipality, with 12 of the 16 dead registered in the region by covid-19, is today being honored by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has already promised the locals to return in August, although “as a citizen” and not as President.

“We know that viruses do not disappear. Knowing that there may be a case here if there, this does not prevent steps being taken, as long as they are sensible and cautious, open, both in the economy and in society,” he continued, before praising the added value of the Azores as a tourist spot for the summer of this year.

In total, 146 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, have been detected in the region so far, with 130 recovered and 16 deaths. There were no new cases or deaths.

There were 386 new tests all of which were negative.

 

 

AZORES 7th June – from our volunteer in the Azores

The President of the Portuguese Republic “Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa” is flying to São Miguel, today to visit the municipality of “Nordeste” that recorded the most “Covid-19”cases & deaths, more than a third, in the ‘Archipelago’.  The visit was planned on Friday, the first day that the Azores became ‘virus-free´ in nearly 3 months!

Around 5,000 people live in “Nordeste” that’s ‘home’ to the ‘virus-troubled’ residential care facility for the elderly “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” from where, sadly, 12 old folk died including the first “Covid-19” victim, an 88-year-old  who got infected at the “Divino Espirito Santo” hospital in Ponta Delgada.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, around 25 thousand “Covid-19” tests were carried out, prior to the region having no ‘active’ cases on June the 5th.

Situation Report Azores 5th June – 6th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Azores is “Coronavirus” ‘free’ for the first time in nearly 3 months, namely since the 15th of March!  There have been no ‘registered’ new ‘positive’ cases of infection since the 18th of May and today, it was announced that the last ‘active’ case, a 40-year-old woman on São Miguel, had ‘recovered’ from “Covid-19”.

The President of the Regional Government “Vasco Cordeiro” wrote on “Facebook”, “This is excellent news and I want, first of all, to congratulate the Azorean people and all those who made this extraordinary victory possible”.

Nevertheless, he stressed that while the region has travelled a “long and arduous path” to fight the pandemic, that path “has not yet ended”.  He continued, “It is not over because we must always bear in mind the probability of new cases arising”.

The Regional Health Authority has also highlighted the need to maintain preventive measures because with the ‘re-opening’ of the economy and the return of flight connections with the outside world, clearly there’s an increased possibility of new cases of “Covid-19” arriving in the ‘Archipelago’.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, there have been 146 cases of “Covid-19’ infection on six islands in the archipelago; 130 have recovered but sadly, 16 people have died.

 

Situation Report Azores 4th June – 5th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

Currently, the Azores is considered ‘one of the safest destinations in Europe in 2020’.  It’s been chosen by the travel organisation, “European Best Destinations” that connects tourism offices throughout Europe with the world’s travellers, as one of the best places to visit during the “Coronavirus” crisis:

https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-of-europe/coronavirus-safest-holiday-destinations/

This distinction is based on its ‘tourism’ health initiatives like the “Clean & Safe Azores” ‘seal of approval’, given to businesses that achieve a high standard of ‘cleanliness’, the lack of ‘active’ infection cases and the quality and availability of good local health services.

For the Azorean government, this is an extremely important acknowledgement of the measures that have been taken and for the Azoreans themselves, deserved recognition for the way they’ve complied with various new health regulations.

“Taking into account the ‘new normality’ that we live in, being considered ‘one of the safest destinations in Europe in 2020’ is a source of pride in the work, done so far”, said the Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism “Marta Guerreiro”.

She added, “This is one of the best recognitions we could receive this year, motivating us to continue the path we have taken in the fight against the pandemic of COVID-19 and in the resumption of tourist activity”,

She also pointed out that Azorean business people “have shown themselves prepared to receive tourists, interested in the Azores, ‘safely’”.

Another reason why the ‘Archipelago’ has received this international distinction is that the Azores is seen as a perfect destination for travellers who want to ‘connect’ with nature; hiking, enjoying wonderful flora, fauna & unspoilt countryside, dolphin & whale-watching trips, tasting a wide & interesting range of local food and drink plus experiencing ‘real’ & ‘authentic’ traditions.

“European Best Destinations” has previously recognised the Azores as ‘The Most Beautiful Landscape in Europe’ and as ‘The Best Destination for Dolphin and Whale Watching in Europe’.

In total, 146 cases of infection have been detected in the region since the ‘outbreak’ began on March the 15th with 129 ‘recoveries’ and 16 deaths, leaving just 1 ‘positive’ case on São Miguel.  There have been no new cases since the 18th of May, that’s now 18 days-running!

 

Situation Report Azores 3rd June – 4th June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Secretary of Health has delivered new ‘safety’ equipment to the ‘Voluntary’ Fire Brigade of “Angra do Heroísmo”.  It includes 10 pieces of breathing apparatus and a special ‘spray’ cleaning machine for disinfecting the surfaces of ambulances.

Teresa Machado Luciano said these fire-fighters on the island of Terceira are the first to receive this new equipment but there are plans for all 17 fire departments in the region to have it.

Meanwhile “Azores Airlines” has completed a fresh ‘repatriation’ flight between Lisbon and the city of “Praia” on “Santiago” island in Cabo Verde.  Like the ones in April and May, it was a ‘chartered’ flight, carrying Cape Verdean and Portuguese people who’d been stranded abroad because of “Coronavirus” flight restrictions, back to their respective home countries. Medical equipment was also on board.

Staying with “Covid-19” news, there been one more ‘recovery’ on the island of São Miguel, a 45-year-old woman who worked at the ‘virus-troubled’ residential care home “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” in Nordeste from where 12 people, sadly, died.

That means that now, the municipality of Nordeste has no ‘active’ cases and also, the last & biggest, local ‘transmission’ chain has been eliminated.

In total, 146 cases of infection have been detected in the Region since the ‘outbreak’ began on March the 15th with 129 ‘recoveries’ and 16 deaths, leaving just 1 ‘positive’ case on São Miguel, the very last in the entire region!

 

Situation Report Azores 2nd June – 3rd June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government of the Azores “Vasco Cordeiro” has started a ‘whistle-stop’ tour of the ‘Archipelago’, now that inter-island flights and several sea connections have been re-established, to discuss plans for ‘economic recovery’ throughout the region with local leaders.

Yesterday, on the island of Terceira, he had a meeting with the President of Angra do Heroísmo, Álamo Meneses when they agreed that, ‘the way the region deals with the “Coronavirus” pandemic is critically important for the safe resumption of tourism’.

In summary, a total of 146 cases of infection have been detected in the region since March 15th.  There have been 128 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 2 ‘active’ cases, both on the island of São Miguel.

Meanwhile, there were another four earth tremors felt, overnight and up until the early afternoon, yesterday, in the municipality of Povoação on São Miguel.

Each one was stronger than the previous; the first at 00.51 hrs measured 1.8 on the “Richter” scale, the second at 02.34 hrs was 2.3, the third at 11.10 hrs was 2.4 and the last, most powerful one at 13.36 hrs. was 2.5.

The epicentres of the first three ‘quakes’ were 7 kms (SSW), 5 kms (SW) and 6 kms (S) from “Faial da Terra” and the ‘origin’ of the last was about 5 km south of Povoação itself:

Earth tremors of this magnitude are common in the Azores and seldom cause any damage.

http://www.ivar.azores.gov.pt/Paginas/home-cvarg.aspx

 

 

 

 

Situation Report Azores 1st June – 2nd June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

 An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 on the “Richter” scale was felt, early yesterday morning, on the island of “São Miguel”.  Its epicentre was about 19 kilometres E.N.E. of the “Formigas”, a small group of uninhabited islets between “São Miguel” and “Santa Maria”, popular ‘fishing grounds’ for both islands.

The ‘quake’ was felt most strongly in “Nordeste” and its surrounding eastern towns and villages and less so, in the west.  There are no reports of any damage to people or buildings.   It was a bank holiday here, “Azores Day” so most folk would have been ‘at home’.

Two earth tremors followed. One of 2.5 on the Richter was recorded at 09.31 hrs just of the south coast to the east of the island and another at 9:54 am local time (10:54 am in Lisbon), with a magnitude of 2.4 (Richter) with an epicentre about 4 kms south-south-southwest of Povoação.

There were no damage or casualties reported. Earthquakes are common in the Azores.

https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes/quake-info/2816222/M4-Mon-1-Jun-Azores-Islands-Region-Portugal.html

A total of 146 cases of infection have been detected in the region since March 15th.  There, have been 128 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 2 ‘active’ cases, both on the island of São Miguel.

 

Situation Report Azores 31st May – 1st June 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

From today, June 1st, the free ‘Azores Help-line’ for ‘non-medical’ enquiries about “Covid-19”, 800 29 29 29 will only operate from 08.30 am to 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday, inclusive.

As people have learnt more about the virus and its impact, the average number of calls has dropped to just 127-a-day day.

Previously, the line operated daily from 08.00 am to 18.00 pm throughout the whole week and 15 thousand calls have been handled in the region since its creation at the start of the “Coronavirus” crisis.

Also, a total of 146 cases of infection have been detected since the ‘outbreak’ began, back on March the 15th.  There have been 128 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 2 ‘active’ cases, both on the island of São Miguel.

Azores Help-line’ for ‘Non-Medical’ questions about “COVID-19” is ‘Re-scheduled’

 

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 30 to 31 May – From our colleague in the Azores.

All companies involved in the tourism sector in the region can, from Saturday 30th May, register for the ‘Azores’ version of the “Clean & Safe Azores” ‘approved’ seal, based on the “Covid-19” ‘Manual of Good Practices’.    People, interested in joining the initiative, have to submit a completed form, available at:

https://clean-safe.azores.gov.pt/adesao.aspx

Later, they will then be contacted via email with detailed information concerning their registration.   The company designates a representative to participate in the training who´s then responsible for teaching other employees in the firm.

A total of 146 cases of infection have been detected in the region since March 15th.  There, have been 128 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 2 ‘active’ cases, both on the island of São Miguel.

 

Situation Report Azores 29th May – 30th May 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Secretary for “Energy, Environment and Tourism” believes that ‘post’ the “Coronavirus” crisis, providing a ‘safe’, healthy environment for tourists will be absolutely critical in building ‘confidence’ in the Azores as a tourist destination of ‘choice’.

Marta Guerreiro was speaking at a web conference, “Azores, preparing for the future”, promoted by the newspaper “Publituris” and involving various tourist organisations including the “Azores Tourism Association”, the “Sata” airline group alongside hotel & tour operators.

The Regional Secretary stressed that business owners should be well-prepared for the resumption of tourism, making good use of the newly-produced “Covid-19” ‘Manual of Good Practices’ with a view to being awarded a ‘Clean & Safe Azores’ seal of approval.

In summary, a total of 146 cases of infection have been detected in the region since March 15th.  There, have been 128 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 2 ‘active’ cases, both on the island of São Miguel.  Since the ‘outbreak’ began, more women (100 or 68.49%) have been affected than men (46, namely 31.51%).

Priority of the Government of the Azores is to receive tourists safely, says Marta Guerreiro

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 28th May to 29th May – From our colleague in the Azores

Some ‘fresh’ changes to the rules, concerning ‘arrivals’ in the region from outside, that were announced by the Regional President two days ago, ‘came into force’, today.

Up until today, ‘arriving’ passengers could choose one of four options if they wanted to enter the ‘Archipelago’.

One of those, to agree to a ‘14-day quarantine’ in a ‘designated and supervised’ hotel on a voluntary basis at the cost of the regional government, is now ‘off’ the table so the remaining options are:

1) ‘Paper-based’ proof, issued by an accredited laboratory that attests to a ‘negative’ result in the 72 hours prior to flight departure from their airport of origin. Depending on the length of stay, the passenger will have to have further tests on the 5th and 13th days after their initial test.  They must contact the local health authority to carry out a new screening test, the result of which will be given within 24 hours.

2) Be ‘tested’ on arrival in the region by the local health authority and remain in isolation in a hotel until the test result is made available, within 48 hours. Again, depending on the length of stay, the passenger will have to have further tests on the 5th and 13th days after their initial test.

3) Return to the destination of origin or any other destination outside the region.

SATA inter-island flights have also been re-started, today as well as ‘maritime’ connections within the central group of islands.

Restaurants and bars on São Miguel are re-opening, too, today.

Meanwhile there have been four more recoveries in the region in the last 24 hours; a 3-year-old child on Pico and 2 men, aged 27 and 35, plus an 88-year-old woman on São Miguel.

With these ‘recovery’ cases, the island of Pico becomes the eighth island in the ‘Archipelago’ without any ‘active’ cases.

As of today, only 2 people, both on the island of São Miguel, are still testing ‘positive’.  So, it looks like the Azores could soon be “Covid-19” ‘virus-free’, for a little while, at least!

In summary, there have been 146 ‘positive’ cases with 128 recoveries and 16 deaths since the ‘outbreak’ began.  None of the remaining 2 cases are ‘hospitalised’:

  • 2 on São Miguel
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Pico, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 27th May to 28th May – From our colleague in the Azores

The regional government has come up with a plan, concerning ‘Alojamento Local’, that it thinks will help both the owners as well as families who are looking for properties to ‘rent’.  This relatively ‘new’ and growing tourism sector has been ‘badly-hit’ this year because tourists who’d normally be staying in them, haven’t been able to visit the ‘Archipelago’ as a result of the “Coronavirus” crisis with related ‘flight cancellations’ and ‘quarantines’.  The idea is that the government will lease the properties directly from the owners and then ‘sub-let’ them to the ‘families-in-need’.  The cost will depend on location, size, and decorative order but prospective tenants are being promised a big ‘discount’ on the previous, normal rates.  A ‘selection’ process will take place and successful applicants will be expected to sign a ‘contract’ for a minimum of either 2 or 3 years, still to be decided.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported ‘no change’ to the covid-19 situation in the Azores.

So, in summary, there have been 146 ‘positive’ cases with 124 recoveries and 16 deaths since the outbreak began.  None of the remaining 6 cases are ‘hospitalised’:

  • 5 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 26th May to 27th May – From our colleague in the Azores

With just over a handful of ‘positive’ “Covid-19” cases left on 2 islands in the region, Pico and  São Miguel, the President of the Government of the Azores, Vasco Cordeiro, says that “trust and security” are the ‘keywords’ for the resumption of tourism in the region.  This was echoed by representatives from a wide range of tourist organisations with whom he’d met alongside the Regional department for “Energy, Environment and Tourism”.  However, the local representative of the “Hotel Association of Portugal” (AHP) Fernando Neves expressed concern about the expected ‘lack of business’ this year and said that the government will need to continue supporting the industry, financially, during these difficult and uncertain times.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority has reported two ‘fresh’ recoveries in the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs. on Tuesday 26/05/2020.  Both of them, a 23-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, were workers at the “Covid-19” ‘troubled’ “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” residential care home for the elderly in Nordeste from where, sadly, 12 people have died.

In summary, there have been 146 ‘positive’ cases with 124 recoveries and 16 deaths.  None of the remaining 6 cases are ‘hospitalised’:

  • 5 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

SATA will start inter-island connections on Friday 29th May, the ferries in the central and occidental group will also start on the same day.  Later on in June, Azores Airlines will start linking the continent and the Azores.

 

Situation Report, Azores, 25th May to 26th May – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government, Vasco Cordeiro has announced that air connections between the islands of the ‘Archipelago’ will resume later this week.  Until now, there have been tight restrictions with ‘special authorisation’ required for ‘travel’ but that won’t be required from this Friday.

Connections to the continent and beyond by SATA “Azores Airlines” will probably start in late June after consultations between several government departments including ‘Health’ and ‘Tourism’.

A new ‘positive’ case arriving in the region wouldn’t necessarily lead to a policy ‘U-turn’, said the president.  He continued that having the ability to identify a chain of contagion; isolating anyone who’s ‘infected’ with effective ‘contact tracing’ and ‘testing’ would, in the end, ‘keep the situation under control’.

Meanwhile, there’s been another small fall in the number of people, suffering from “Covid-19” virus infection in the ‘Archipelago’.  The Regional Health Authority has reported another recovery in the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs. On Monday 25/05/2020, a woman aged 43 on São Miguel.  This leaves just 8 ‘positive’ cases throughout the entire region.

In total, 20.000 tests have been carried out for “Covid-19” since the start of the outbreak.  This represents 8% of the population although of course, some people, suspected of having the disease, will have been tested more than once.

So far, there have been 146 ‘positive’ cases with 122 recoveries and 16 deaths.  None of the remaining 8 cases, on just 2 islands, are hospitalised:

  • 7 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 24th May to 25th May – From our colleague in the Azores

There’s been a dramatic fall in the number of ‘active’ cases of people, suffering from “Covid-19” virus infection in the ‘Archipelago’.  The Regional Health Authority has reported a reduction of nearly 45% in the 24 hours, up until 16.00 hrs on Saturday 24/05/2020, leaving just 9 ‘positive’ cases throughout the entire region.

This comes after seven more recoveries, a man and six women, all on the island of São Miguel.  It includes 3 users, aged between 95 and 97 years old, from the ‘virus-troubled’ “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” residential care home in Nordeste.  875 new tests didn’t reveal any fresh cases of the virus.

So far, there have been 146 cases of infection since the start of the ‘outbreak’ with 121 recoveries and 16 deaths.  None of the remaining 9 cases are hospitalised and all but 1 are on São Miguel, leaving seven of the nine islands completely ‘virus-free’:

8 on São Miguel

1 on Pico

0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

Regional elections

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said today that he will mark the date of the regional elections in the Azores, which should take place in October, due to the evolution of the covid-29 pandemic “in June and July”.

“I did not want to anticipate, because I will receive the parties next month, in June, in the transition from June to July, to hear them about the call for elections to the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Azores,” he said.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke to journalists at the end of a visit to the premises of Banco Alimentar Contra da Fome, in Lisbon, where he made a contribution via the ‘internet’. Due to the pandemic, this campaign did not follow the usual patterns, in which volunteers collected donations from commercial areas.

“We are now going to monitor the health situation and, depending on what happens in June and July, this will be the call,” said the head of state.

 

Situation Report, Azores, 23 to 24 May – From our colleague in the Azores.

Last week there was a big ‘constitutional’ row between the ‘Judiciary’ and the Regional Government of the Azores about people, arriving from outside the region, having to stay 14 days in ‘quarantine’ in an approved, monitored hotel.  Well, it’s now been announced that this week, most ‘arriving’ passengers opted to do just that when given the choice of four different options including tests!   It follows a case of ‘Habeas Corpus’ when someone who didn’t want to be in that hotel ‘quarantine’, successfully got a court ruling that he could leave and ‘self-quarantine’ elsewhere. That went against the government’s health department which had argued that such hotel ‘quarantine’ was a good way to stop “Covid-19” coming into the region from outside.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority reports that 808 “Covid-19” tests were carried out in the 24 hours, up until 16.00 hrs. on Saturday 23/05/2020, revealing no new ‘positive’ cases of the virus.   There has however been one more recovery, a 21-year-old woman from Graciosa, making it the 7th island in the ‘Archipelago’ to be “Covid-19”, ‘virus-free’.

So far, there have been 146 cases of infection since the start of the ‘outbreak’ with 114 recoveries and 16 deaths, leaving just 16 ‘active’ cases:

  • 15 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 22nd May to 23rd May – From our colleague in the Azores

A new campaign, called “Seguramente Açoriano”, has been launched by the regional government.  https://youtu.be/owtrB70BRPc

It’s designed to encourage people to use more ‘Azorean’ services and products, helping both employment and the economy.  Choosing to support local businesses by consuming regional products and enjoying the flavours of the archipelago’s food and drinks industry, will help to revive some of the sectors that have been damaged by the “Covid-19” pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority reports that 943 “Covid-19” tests were carried out in the 24 hours, up until 16.00 hrs, on Friday 22/05/2020, revealing no new ‘positive’ cases of the virus.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 146 confirmed cases; 113 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 17 ‘active’ infections:

  • 15 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 21st May to 22nd May – From our colleague in the Azores

From today, 22nd May, commercial activities on the island of São Miguel are starting again; this is the last island in the ‘Archipelago’ to open ‘commercial’ activity since the ‘shut-down’ began.  However, businesses are required to the follow new, stricter rules about the number of customers being allowed in their spaces, hand sanitizer gel being ‘available’ and masks being worn inside ‘closed’ spaces.  The restaurant and bar sector will not open for another week, the 29th May.

The Regional Health Authority reports that 670 “Covid-19” tests were carried out in the 24 hours, up until 16.00 hrs on Thursday 21/05/2020, revealing no new ‘positive’ cases of the virus.  There have, however, been three more recoveries in the region; a woman, aged 64 and a man, aged 71 on Pico plus another 90-year-old woman from the “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” residential care home in Nordeste on São Miguel.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 146 confirmed cases; 113 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 17 ‘active’ infections:

  • 15 on São Miguel
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 1 on Pico
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

AZORES

Situation Report, Azores, 20th May to 21st May – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority reports that 513 “Covid-19” tests were carried out in the 24 hours, up until 16.00 hrs on Wednesday 20/05/2020, revealing no new ‘positive’ cases of the virus.  Also, there were no fresh recoveries or deaths in the ‘Archipelago’ within that period.  Currently, six of the nine islands are ‘virus-free’ and the Azorean Health Authority recommends that people should try and avoid travelling to or from the region, complying with new regulations that are in place if they do to avoid triggering any new, possible transmissions.

In summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 146 confirmed cases; 110 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 20 ‘active’ infections:

  • 16 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 0 on Corvo, Faial, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 19th May to 20th May – From our colleague in the Azores

Azoreans Filipa Lima and Vítor Sousa have created a free way to help restaurant, bar and hotel customers and waiters stay “Covid-19” ‘virus-free’ when a ‘new’ normal arrives in the hospitality industry.  It’s called “PacMenu” and it’s very easy to use.  Businesses go to www.pacmenu.pt, add their menu image and it gets converted into QR code and stored on the website https://imgur.com/.

Simply, customers then use their mobile phone camera or a “QR code” reader ‘App’ to show the menus on their own smart-phone.  It’ll be safer for them as well as the ‘waiting’ staff because no-one needs to touch ‘previously-handled’ menus and it should save businesses some money, too because they won’t have to print so many of them for their customers! https://youtu.be/oN4xk6o8qaY

Meanwhile, during the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs Tuesday 19th May and after 529 new tests were carried out, there were no new ‘positive’ case and no more deaths.  There was an unexpected ‘positive’ case yesterday on the island of São Miguel, someone who had been ‘routinely’ tested, in preparation for the planned re-opening of schools, this test proved to be a ‘false positive’ and the woman in question will be tested again in 48 hours.

Meanwhile, there has been two more recoveries from “Covid-19” two men aged 38 and 43 years old, living on the island of Faial.  Faial is now the 6th island to be clear of infection.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 110 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 20 ‘active’ infections:

  • 16 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 0 on Faial, Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 18th May to 19th May – From our colleague in the Azores

During the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs Monday 18/05/2020 and after 856 new tests were carried out, there was one new ‘positive’ case but no more deaths.  The unexpected ‘positive’ is a 40-year-old woman on the island of São Miguel who had been ‘routinely’ tested, in preparation for the planned re-opening of schools.  The health authority is investigating this ‘surprise’ new case, coming after 7 days, without any fresh ones.

Meanwhile, there has been one more recovery from “Covid-19”; a woman aged 57 years old from São Miguel.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 146 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 108 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 22 ‘active’ infections:

  • 16 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 17th May to 18th May – From our colleague in the Azores

New Coronavirus rules for arriving passengers

These are the new “Coronavirus” crisis ‘rules’ for passengers, arriving in the Azores from outside the region; now, they can choose to do one the following:

1) Provide ‘paper-based’ proof, issued by an accredited laboratory that attests to a ‘negative’ result in the 72 hours prior to flight departure from their airport of origin. Depending on the length of stay, the passenger will then have to have further tests on the 5th and 13th days after their initial test.  They must contact the local health authority to complete the new screening tests, the result of which will be known within 24 hours.

2) Be ‘tested’ on arrival in the region by the local health authority and remain in isolation in a hotel until the test result is made available, within 48 hours. Also, in this case, depending on the length of stay, the passenger will have to have further tests on the 5th and 13th days after their initial test.  They must contact the local health authority to complete the new screening tests, the result of which will be known within 24 hours.

3) Agree to a ‘14-day quarantine’ in a ‘designated and supervised’ hotel on a voluntary basis.

4) Return to their destination of origin or any other destination outside the region.

Meanwhile, there have been a couple more recoveries from “Covid-19”; two women aged 58 and 60 years old, living on the islands of Graciosa and São Jorge.  It’s the first time that São Jorge has been ‘virus-free’ since the 20th of March, more than 2 months ago!  There are now 5 islands with no infections, whatsoever!

Also, during the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs on Friday 17/05/2020 and after 668 new tests were carried out, there were no new ‘positive’ cases and no more deaths.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 107 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 22 ‘active’ infections:

  • 16 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 1 on Graciosa
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria, São Jorge & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 16th May to 17th May – From our colleague in the Azores

A court in Ponta Delgada has granted a request for the immediate release of a person who’d been ordered to spend time in ‘quarantine’ in an Azorean hotel.

Since March 26th, all passengers arriving in the ‘Archipelago’ have been obliged to stay 14 days in ‘confinement’ in a hotel as a ‘restrictive’ measure to try and stop the spread of the “Covid-19” pandemic.  Unlike residents, since May the 8th, non-residents have had to pay for that.

Portugal is no longer in an official ‘State of Emergency’ but currently, this legal decision only applies to this one specific case.

The health authority is now testing all the travellers from outside the region who’ve been ‘quarantined’ at several designated hotels, in case this latest legal judgement leads to them all, having the ‘right to leave’ the properties.

There has been one more recovery from the virus, a 75-year-old man who was a user of the care home in Nordeste from where there have been 12 virus-related deaths in the last few weeks. Also, during the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs. on Friday 16/05/2020 and after 742 new tests were carried out, there were no new ‘positive’ cases and no more deaths.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 105 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 24 ‘active’ infections:

  • 16 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

In a separate report Lusa news agency reported the following

Options to be given to arriving passengers

The President of the Government of the Azores announced today that passengers arriving in the region will be able to choose to carry out a test on departure, or on arrival in the Azores, comply with a voluntary quarantine period or return to the origin.

“Four options are given to passengers who, as of today, arrive in the Azores: travel already with a negative test done before departure; undergo a test upon arrival in the region and wait for the result; or comply with a voluntary quarantine period of 14 days in a specific hotel, with the costs borne by the Region; or return to their original destination”, declared Vasco Cordeiro.

The measures take effect at 00:00 on Sunday.

The President of the Government spoke at a press conference in Ponta Delgada, following the decision of the Ponta Delgada Court, which granted today a request for immediate release (‘habeas corpus’) made by a plaintiff against the imposition of quarantine in hotels by part of the Government of the Azores.

The measures were taken following today’s meeting of the Government Council, which, under the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, decreed the situation of public calamity on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira, islands with connections with the outside world, in the context of combating the covid-19 pandemic.

Vasco Cordeiro stated that “if a passenger refuses any of these options, violates voluntary quarantine or prophylactic isolation, mandatory quarantine in a hotel will be determined, assuming, in this case, all the respective financial costs by a decision of his own”.

 

Situation Report, Azores, 15th May to 16th May – From our colleague in the Azores

The number of people, still testing ‘positive’ for the “Covid-19” has had yet another big fall in the Azores as 9 more people, all on São Miguel, have recovered from the virus!

6 of the 8 women and 1 man, aged between 27 and 9 were either users, a close contact or workers at the residential care home for the elderly “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” in Nordeste from where, sadly, 12 people have died.

Also, during the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs. on Friday 15/05/2020, there were no new ‘positive’ cases and no more deaths.

In summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 104 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 25 ‘active’ infections, the lowest number since March 27th and just a ‘tad’ better than Madeira with just 31 ‘positive’ cases as announced by the regional health authority there, on the 15th of May.

  • 17 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 14th May to 15th May – From our colleague in the Azores

Regional Health Authority

The Regional Health Authority reports that the 547 analyzes carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours did not reveal new positive cases of COVID-19.

There were four recoveries of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which correspond to three female individuals, between 18 and 62 years of age, one of whom was an employee of the Residential Structure for the Elderly of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Nordeste, and one individual male, 66 years old, all resident on the island of São Miguel.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

Some great news, 4 more people on São Miguel, infected with the ‘Covid-19’ virus, have recovered.  This takes the number of recoveries to nearly one hundred people or around two-thirds of the total number who’ve tested ‘positive’ since the “Coronavirus” crisis began!  They’re 3 women and a man, aged between 18 and 66, one of whom worked at the residential care home for the elderly “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” in Nordeste from where, sadly, 12 people have died.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 confirmed cases in the ‘Archipelago’; 95 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 34 ‘active’ infections (thankfully, the lowest number for nearly seven weeks, namely the 28th of March):

  • 26 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

Azores is preparing a support regime for the temporary cessation of fishing activity in the Region.

The Regional Secretary for Sea, Science and Technology announced that the Government of the Azores is preparing a support regime for the temporary cessation of fishing activity in the Region.

Gui Menezes pointed out that this measure, “which is being worked on in conjunction with the Fisheries Federation and the Azores Fish Merchants Association, provides for financial support for optional temporary stops, for a maximum period of 15 days”.

At stake is the lower demand for fish in the markets due to the situation caused by the pandemic of COVID-19 and the consequent drop in income.

This measure “can contribute to regulate the quantity of fish unloaded at auction, facilitating its disposal and avoiding a decrease in the income of fishermen”, defended Gui Menezes.

The Regional Secretary said that the supply of the market “will always be ensured, as only up to 50% of the fleet of each of the arms ports in the Region will be stopped simultaneously”.

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 13th May to 14th May – From our colleague in the Azores

The president of Ponta Delgada’s ‘Chamber of Commerce and Industry’ Mário Fortuna reckons that the cancellation of the festival of “Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres” because of the “Coronavirus” crisis, means that between three and four million euros won’t now be earned on the island of São Miguel.  He says that the festivities that were due to start on Friday, attract around 20 thousand visitors a year, spending millions in flights, hotels, car-hire, taxis, tours, shops, bars and restaurants among other things…..

It is the biggest religious festival in the Azores and the high point of the events is the procession of the statue of “Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres” through the streets of the city.  The visitors normally come from all over the Azores, Madeira and continental Portugal, joined by thousands of emigrants, arriving from the United States of America and Canada.

Meanwhile, the ‘Covid-19’ situation has stayed unchanged during the 24 hours up until 16.00 hrs. on Wednesday 13/05/2020.  There were no new ‘positive’ cases and no new recoveries, either.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 ‘positive’ cases in the region; 91 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 38 ‘active’ infections:

  • 30 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

 

 

Situation Report, Azores, 12th May to 13th May – From our colleague in the Azores.

On April 21st, “Azores Airlines” announced that flights outside Portuguese airspace would be suspended until June 6th but this suspension has now been extended until the 14th of the month. Therefore, connections between the Azores and the cities of Toronto (Canada), Boston (United States of America), Praia (Cape Verde) and Frankfurt (Germany) will only be resumed from that date.

“Azores Airlines” flights to and from continental Portugal and the “SATA Air Açores” ‘inter-island’ passenger operation are expected to resume from May 31st.  At the moment, the only flights, being carried out by the SATA group, are between the Azores and Lisbon, ‘shipping’ cargo or in cases of ‘force majeure’, authorized by the Regional Health Authority.

Meanwhile, Tiago Lopes reported that, as of 16.00 hours on Tuesday 12/05/2020, there have been no new cases testing ‘positive’ for “Covid-19” in the Archipelago.  But, there have been two further recoveries on São Miguel, a lady, aged 45 and another 92 year-old user of the “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” care home from where, sadly, 12 people have died from the virus.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 ‘positive’ cases in the region; 91 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 38 ‘active’ infections:

  • 30 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

 

Situation Report, Azores, 11th May to 12th May – From our colleague in the Azores.

“Ryanair”, historically known as a ‘low-cost’ airline, is to be paid 1.1 million euros in a deal to promote the airline’s flights between the United Kingdom and the Azores.  The agreement was signed by the Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism, “Marta Guerreirro” and “David O’Brien”, representing “Ryanair”.  But, it’s still not absolutely clear how that money will be spent.

Meanwhile, sadly, there’s been one more death on São Miguel, a 92-year-old user of the “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” care home in Nordeste who’d been admitted to the “Divino Espírito Santo” hospital in Ponta Delgada.  This brings the total number of deaths in the ‘Archipelago’ to 16, 12 of them linked to that home.

As of 16.00 hours on Monday 11/05/2020, there was also news of 6 more recoveries; all of them women on São Miguel, aged between 51 and 91.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 ‘positive’ cases in the region; 89 have recovered and 16 have died, leaving just the 40 ‘active’ infections:

32 on São Miguel

3 on Pico

2 on Faial

2 on Graciosa

1 on São Jorge

0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

 

Situation Report Azores 10th to 11th May  – From our colleague in the Azores.

Another new ‘positive’ of Covid-19 has been identified on São Miguel, a 35-year-old man who’d recently been abroad and who was, for ‘exceptional’ reasons, being ‘quarantined’ at home.

Tiago Lopes told a press conference that the man had arrived in the region on a flight from mainland Portugal at the end of April with two other ‘special cases’ that were excused from ‘hotel’ quarantine.  He explained that such exceptions could be allowed for medical reasons when proper health treatment can’t be provided in an hotel environment.

As of 16.00 hours on Saturday 10/05/2020, there were also 5 more recoveries; 4 women aged between 35 and 91-years-old and a 93-year-old man, living on the islands of Terceira and São Miguel. Two of them were patients at the “Santa Casa da Misericórdia” care home in Nordeste from where, sadly, several old folk have died.

Some more good news, the island of Terceira has now joined Corvo, Flores & Santa Maria, being completely ‘Covid Free’!

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 145 ‘positive’ cases in the region; 83 have recovered and 15 have died, leaving just the 47 ‘active’ infections:

  • 39 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria & Terceira

Situation Report Azores 9th to 10th May  – From our colleague in the Azores.

The promised “Covid-19” safety kits, containing three ‘social’ masks, will start to be delivered to homes on the biggest island of São Miguel from May 16th.  So far, they’ve been distributed across the four islands of Corvo, Flores, Santa Maria and São Jorge.
Distribution on Terceira Island is expected to happen over the next few days. The production of these ‘social’ masks follows rules, set by the Director-General for Health and the Portuguese Institute of Quality among other groups.

Meanwhile, Tiago Lopes reported that, as of 16:00 hours on Saturday 09/05/2020, there have been no new cases testing ‘positive’ for “Covid-19” in the Archipelago.  There have, however, been 3 more recoveries, all on São Miguel; two women, aged 50 and 77, and a 56-year-old man.

So, in summary, since the start of the outbreak there have been 144 ‘positive’ cases in the region; 78 have recovered and 15 have died, leaving just the 51 ‘active’ infections:

  • 42 on São Miguel
  • 3 on Pico
  • 2 on Faial
  • 2 on Graciosa
  • 1 on São Jorge
  • 1 on Terceira
  • 0 on Corvo, Flores & Santa Maria

 

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