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Coronavirus - What you need to know

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak

what is covid-19 and how is it transmitted
In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and in March 2020 it was declared a Pandemic by WHO as it was spreading around the world.

All sections of our society –including businesses and employers –must play a role if we are to stop the spread of this disease.

symptoms covid-19
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Barbados Covid 19 hotline

Stay informed with these resources -

Barbados Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline for public queries about the coronavirus, COVID-19: Telephone - 536-4500

Are you an elderly person or living with a disability in Barbados? The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has a COVID-19 helpline for you. Call 536-HOPE / 536-4673 for guidance and advice.

World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Barbados Government Information Service: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/

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Who is at higher risk?

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease..

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group Health FAQs March 2020

  • Why can't I pay in advance at SurePay in March? +

    SurePay does not have any information as it relates to BARP Members for May 2020 payments (not allowed to pay for May or any other future months) SurePay is currently only accepting payments on outstanding balances until March 31st; therefore, anyone who is currently receiving an error at SurePay means their account is up to date.
  • When can I pay premiums or pay in advance? +

    Please be advised , Effective April 1, payments will be accepted with respect to the renewal and members will be able to pay in advance if they wish after April 1, 2020. Also, persons who wish to pay in advance now can pay Gallagher either through the drop down menu on RBC or as a Third Party payment on all other banks.
  • Does sure pay facilitate online payments for the BARP members? +

    SurePay unfortunately at this time does not extend its online payment option to BARP Members.
  • Will a grace period be implemented for those members who cannot leave their homes (COVID-19 Measures/Fears) or have no means of making online payments? +

    In light of the current situation the country faces with COVID-19 and the anticipated restrictions that will be imposed as matters develop, note that we spoke to insurers who are fully aware and have communicated their willingness to work with us the broker and the members of BARP during this ordeal. Insurers understand the situation is a fluid one which may therefore require the panel to revisit their position and/or decisions as the situation evolves/progress. At this stage, both insurers and the Gallagher team are encouraging that members consider using the online payment option, through Gallagher Payee option on RBC Royal Bank or Gallagher online Third Party transfers for all other banks to facilitate payment of premiums where it may be difficult to utilize any of the other payment options available, or, where certain restrictions imposed by the authorities will pose a challenge.

    Notwithstanding, do note if the online option is not possible in your case, that insurers are happy to extend the payment deadline to May 31st, pending further updates from the authorities. At that point, should developments pose a further problem or restrictions remain in place, a further extension will be contemplated and communicated. Kindly note that members will be held covered during this time.

  • How can I get f get further information? +

    Should BARP members have additional queries our team at Gallagher is readily available to assist. Queries can be sent to our general This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or BARP members may contact any of our team members listed below:

    Jeannette Barrow 246-434-2215 or 246-826-5821 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Kevin Carter 246-434-2228 or 246-231-7244 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Alison Best 246-434-2225 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Kerrie-Ann White 246-434-2251 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Darryl Chandler 246-434-2264 or 246-231-5483 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Tito Gulstone 246-434-2243 or 246-230-4807 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Karen 246-434-2236 or 246-230-4814 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Michelle Rock 246-434-2267 or 246-234-4827 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Rosalind Bowen 246-434-2248 or 246-231-7879 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Scott Stollmeyer 246-434-2234 or 246-233-7698 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Gallagher Insurance Brokers (Barbados) Limited. Stanley Centre, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael, BB11059, Barbados.

    www.gallaghercaribbean.com

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