An emergency message from CEO Jean Marc deMatteis:
In the early hours on Monday, high winds caused a large tree to fall on the COVID-19 Treatment Center at HAS.
A staff nurse was injured and required hospitalization at HAS. Thankfully he is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries sustained. Miraculously, no patients were injured and while damage to the building was significant, the center remains operational.
This is a huge blow as the team and staff at HAS worked so hard to remodel this building in record time to get it up and running to treat COVID-19 patients.
Designated an official COVID-19 treatment site by the Haitian Ministry of Health, HAS began receiving suspected COVID-19 cases in April. Currently, our team is treating 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 suspected cases. The number of COVID-19 cases is rising rapidly across the country.
As we cope with the challenge of COVID-19, this serves as a stark reminder that the arrival of the 2020 hurricane season may complicate response efforts all over Haiti.
We will not let this discourage us from our mission. You empower us to turn setbacks into successes and make miracles happen for our patients.
Jean Marc deMatteis