Solomon Islands: Outbreak of COVID-19 – Situation Report No. 02 (as of 23 February 2022) – Solomon Islands
• COVID-19 Community Transmission confirmed positive for more than 6,000 cases
• 7 out of 9 provinces report community transmission of COVID-19
• 85 confirmed deaths
• 77 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized
• All transport between Honiara and the provinces except cargo has been suspended
• ADRA Solomon Islands mobilized with CANDO to deliver 250 care kits to support people with disabilities
• Looking for a partnership with the Western Province Health Department for the distribution of medical supplies
This is the first time SARS-CoV-2 has broken out in the community since it was first detected globally in December 2019. Solomon Islands has a very poor healthcare system that cannot handle a major outbreak. hence the national government’s strategy of entry prevention/denial with strict border controls. These have now been breached and the detection was late meaning the virus has been circulating in the community for a few weeks or maybe months. On Tuesday 18th January it was announced that there were 6 cases of community transmission in the Ontong Java Archipelago. On Wednesday 19th it was announced that there had been a case of transmission in Honiara.
Now the National Referral Hospital (NRH) is mostly filled with COVID-19 patients in need of medical attention and support. Anyone else with mild symptoms that can be treated at home will not be hospitalized. A second and third field hospital have been set up to bolster the country’s medical support capacity. The NRH has reduced its operations to only critical care such as births and emergencies. Outpatient services have been closed.