Welcome to the crisis website of the Public Entity Bonaire. This website is online when there is a crisis. That is why you can now find all information about COVID-19 on this website.

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COVID-19 Information

On this page you will find information about what to do if you test positive for COVID-19, or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

When someone tests positive, this has consequences for the members of their household and their close contacts.

Household members live in the same house as the infected person. They share spaces such as the living room, bathroom, kitchen or bedroom.

A close contact had contact with an infected person and was within 1.5 meters of that person for longer than a total of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period.
It is also possible to have high-risk contact with an infected person. This means kissing, hugging, shaking hands or being coughed or sneezed upon by such a person.

If you would like to make an appointment for a test, call toll-free 0800 0800. This number may be reached from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. People with a foreign number may call +599 715 5399, but this number is not free of charge.

I have tested positive, what now?

You must go into isolation immediately. When you are in isolation, you must stay at home in your own room and you must also sleep there. Your household members may not enter your room. You may not have any contact with them.

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops or to work.
  • Let others do the grocery shopping for you or have the groceries delivered.
  • You may sit in your own garden or on your own balcony.

• No one is allowed to visit you, except for medical matters (e.g. your family doctor or the Public Health Department).

For more information click here

What should you do?
Step 1): Tell your close contacts and household members that you are infected and that they should stay alert for the next ten days.

  • Household members and close contacts who develop symptoms must be tested. If they test positive, they must also go into isolation.
  • Close contacts and household members must avoid contact with vulnerable persons for 10 days and be extra careful to adhere to the basic measures.

You should refer close contacts and household members to the website bonairecrisis.com, “I am a close contact, what now? /I am a household member, what now?”

Step 2): forward the information letters to your close contacts and household members.

You will find the information letters here: • Information letter household member • Information letter close contact

I am a household member, what now?

There is a risk that you have been infected with the coronavirus as well, in which case you may pass the virus on to others. household

  • From 16 May you do not have to go into quarantine if you are a household member of someone with the coronavirus.
  • You must, however, be extra vigilant with regard to symptoms, test immediately if you show any and avoid contact with vulnerable people for 10 days after you have had contact with the positive person.
  • In case of a positive test result you must always go into isolation (for at least five days)

The basic measures remain in force (cough and sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands regularly, stay at home if you have symptoms and ensure you get sufficient fresh air).

You are also still urgently advised to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have a booster shot.

Call the toll-free phone number 0800 0800 to make an appointment.

From 16 May, 2022 the numbers 0800 0800 and 0800 0900 may be reached from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

During the weekends the call center number 0800 0800 may only be used to make a test appointment from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. The number 0800 0900 is not available at weekends.

Do not hang up if you do not immediately get an employee on the line. If you remain on hold you will be helped! For more information click here

I am a close contact, what now?

There is a risk that you have been infected with the coronavirus as well, in which case you may pass the virus on to others.

  • From 16 May you do not have to go into quarantine if you are a close contact of someone with the coronavirus.
  • You must, however, be extra vigilant with regard to symptoms, test immediately if you show any and avoid contact with vulnerable people for 10 days after you have had contact with the positive person.
  • In case of a positive test result you must always go into isolation (for at least five days)

The basic measures remain in force (cough and sneeze into your elbow, wash your hands regularly, stay at home if you have symptoms and ensure you get sufficient fresh air).

You are also still urgently advised to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have a booster shot.

Call the toll-free phone number 0800 0800 to make an appointment.

From 16 May, 2022 the numbers 0800 0800 and 0800 0900 may be reached from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

During the weekends the call center number 0800 0800 may only be used to make a test appointment from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. The number 0800 0900 is not available at weekends.

Do not hang up if you do not immediately get an employee on the line. If you remain on hold you will be helped!

Please find the information letters here:

How long does isolation last?
The Public Health Department will contact you at the end of your isolation period.

You can calculate when it is time to leave isolation:

  • If you had symptoms, then your first day of illness counts as day 0. Add five days to that. If you were symptom-free for 24 hours prior to this fifth day you may leave isolation. However, if you still have symptoms on the fifth day, you will have to wait until you have been symptom- free for 24 hours. Only then may you leave isolation.

For example: you experienced COVID-19 symptoms on Monday. That is day 0. Five days later is Saturday. If you have been symptom-free for 24 hours prior to that Saturday, you may leave isolation on the Saturday.

  • If you did not experience any symptoms, you must start counting from the day you were tested. This is day 0. Add five days to that and that will be the day you may leave isolation.

For example: you were tested on Monday. This is day 0. Five days later it is Saturday. On this Saturday you may you leave isolation.

I am a household member, what now?

You must go into quarantine immediately. There is a risk that you yourself have been infected with the coronavirus and may pass the virus on to others.

Do not enter the room where the infected person is. Use another bathroom if possible.

If you are in quarantine, you may leave your room, but you must always keep 1.5 meters distance from other household members.

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops or to work.
  • Let others get your groceries for you or have them delivered.
  • You may sit in your own garden or on your own balcony.
  • No one is allowed to visit you except for medical matters (e.g. your family doctor, Public Health Department).

Your quarantine must be for 10 days. The last day you were in contact with the infected person is day 0.

You may choose to have a PCR test at the Public Health Department on the fifth day after your last contact with the infected person. If you test negative, you may then leave quarantine.

The day of your last contact is day 0. Add five days to that and that should be the day of the test.
For example: if your last contact with the infected person was on Wednesday, your test should take place the following Monday.

Do not get a test before the fifth day. If you do, your test result may be negative even though you are infected. In such a case you would have to repeat the test.

Call the toll- free phone number 0800 0800 to make an appointment.

This toll- free number 0800 0800 may be reached from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. –4 p.m. People with a foreign phone number may also call +599 715 5399, but this number is not free of charge.

If you do not get an employee on the line immediately do not hang up. If you are on hold your call will be answered in due course!

Exception:

You do not have to go into quarantine if you do not have any symptoms and:

  • you had COVID-19 less than eight weeks ago, or
  • you had your booster shot more than one week ago or
  • you are younger than 18 years of age.

If you do get coronavirus symptoms, please have yourself tested at the Public Health Department.

For more information please click here

I am a close contact, what now?

You must go into quarantine immediately. There is a risk that you yourself have been infected with the coronavirus and you may pass the virus on to others.

If you are in quarantine, you may leave your room, but you must always keep 1.5 meters distance from other household members.

  • You are not allowed to go outside, to school, the shops or to work.
  • Let others get your groceries for you or have them delivered.
  • You may sit in your own garden or on your own balcony.
  • No one is allowed to visit you except for medical matters (e.g. your family doctor, Public Health Department).

Your quarantine must be for 10 days. The last day you were in contact with the infected person is day 0.

You may choose to have a PCR test at the Public Health Department on the fifth day after your last contact with the infected person. If you test negative, you may then leave quarantine.

The day of your last contact is day 0. Add five days to that and that should be the day of the test.
For example: if your last contact with the infected person was on Wednesday, your test should take place the following Monday.

Do not get a test before the fifth day. If you do, your test result may be negative even though you are infected. In such a case you would have to repeat the test.

Call the toll- free phone number 0800 0800 to make an appointment.

This toll- free number 0800 0800 may be reached from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon and from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. –4 p.m. People with a foreign phone number may also call +599 715 5399, but this number is not free of charge.

If you do not get an employee on the line immediately do not hang up. If you are on hold your call will be answered in due course!

Exception:

You do not have to go into quarantine if you do not have any symptoms and:

  • you had COVID-19 less than eight weeks ago, or
  • you had your booster shot more than one week ago or
  • you are younger than 18 years of age.

If you do get coronavirus symptoms, please have yourself tested at the Public Health Department.

For more information please click here

Q&A's self-test

What is a coronavirus self-test?

A coronavirus self-test is a test that you can do yourself at home. You use the self-test to be safe if, for example, you are going somewhere or if you have symptoms. If you have already had coronavirus or have received the two coronavirus shots, you may also use the self-test.

What do I do in the event of a negative or a positive result?

If you test negative but you still have symptoms, take another self-test the day after the negative test result. If this second self-test is negative as well you may go to school/work.

If the self-test is positive, go into isolation at home. Call 0800 0800 and make an appointment for a PCR test to make sure you really have coronavirus.

What should your household members and close contacts do if you test positive?

They must be quarantined at home if

  • they have not had a booster shot or
  • they have not had COVID-19 in the past 8 weeks.

They have to wait for the result of your PCR test at home. If the result of your PCR test is positive, they must remain in quarantine. They must take a PCR test on day 5.

They do not have to be quarantined if

  • they have had COVID-19 in the past 8 weeks or
  • they have had their booster shot more than 7 days ago.

When should you not use a self-test?

– If you have delicate health or are seriously ill;

– If you work with people who have delicate health or who are seriously ill;

– If you have contact with people who have delicate health or who are seriously ill;

– To determine whether you may leave quarantine. You may only leave quarantine after a PCR test at the Public Health Department. You should take the PCR test on the 5th day after your last contact with an infected person.

In such cases make a test appointment at the Public Health Department. Call 0800 0800 for an appointment.

What is the difference between a self-test and a PCR test?

A PCR test is more reliable than a self-test.

A PCR test is administered by an expert. Such an expert knows exactly how to remove mucus from the nose and throat for the test.

It is checked in a laboratory whether the COVID-19 virus is present in the mucus. A PCR test is more sensitive for detecting COVID-19 virus particles than a self-test. It can even detect the virus when a person has (almost) no symptoms yet.

If your self-test is positive, go into isolation at home. Call 0800 0800 and make an appointment for a PCR test to make sure you really have coronavirus.