COVID-19 UPDATE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #63

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #63

               

BEGINS

 

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 12th May, 2020:

 

SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE, THE TURKS AND CAICOS HAS SEEN CONSIDERABLE CHANGE IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION.

 

CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES CURRENTLY STAND AT TWELVE (12). TWO MORE CASES HAVE RECOVERED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES FROM COVID-19 TO TEN (10). THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO ACTIVE CASES; THE TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE COVID-19 DEATH.

 

NO NEW SUSPECTED CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 REMAIN AT six (6). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS WITHOUT A HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES. ONE SUSPECTED CASE IS STILL HOSPITALIZED; ONE SUSPECTED CASE PASSED AWAY. CONTACT TRACING CONTINUES.

 

The current suspected cases met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19. Samples have been collected and sent for testing.

 

THE QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION HAS DECREASED TO 51. This includes: suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (22), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (9), and travellers (15). Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition for COVID-19.

 

THE CHANGE IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS IS DUE TO THE RECOVERIES AND TEST RESULTS RECEIVED CONFIRMING THAT INDIVIDUALS WERE NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19; THESE PERSONS AND THEIR CONTACTS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION – THIS INCLUDED A SUSPECTED CASE AND THEIR CONTACTS. ALSO, A NEW SUSPECTED CASE AND THEIR CONTACTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION STATUS. TO DATE, A TOTAL OF 577 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status

 

OVER THE PAST 24hrs, TWO TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED, CONFIRMING THAT INDIVIDUALS WERE NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19. To date, the TCI has received a total of one hundred and thirteen (113) test results, with one hundred and one (101) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Those cases confirmed positive are in isolation with contact tracing aggressively continuing.

 

The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 27 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (nO.4) Regulations 2020 in regard to false Statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law.

 

Please note the following definitions:

• A suspected person is someone who meets the case definition as outlined by WHO and CARPHA - and is experiencing symptoms.

• A person in quarantine is an individual on island who has come from infected country(ies) or may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases - and have not exhibited symptoms.

 

Let's continue to reduce the risk by:
1. Washing our hands for 20secs or more
2. Practicing social distancing
3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.

 

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call our hotline numbers, (649) 232-9444 and (649) 333-0911, if you or someone you know has symptoms or signs of COVID-19.

 

ENDS

 

TCIG GARBAGE TRUCK FIRE – GRAND TURK

PRESS RELEASE
 
TCIG GARBAGE TRUCK FIRE – GRAND TURK

 
The public is advised that on Sunday 10 May, 2020 at approximately 4:30 a.m. it was reported that the refuse collection truck in Grand Turk was on fire. The flames were extinguished at 5:28 a.m. by the Domestic Fire Services.
 
As this is the only Government refuse collection vehicle on the island in Grand Turk, the Environmental Health Department will be seeking quotations from refuse collection contractors to continue collecting refuse in Grand Turk to prevent vector borne diseases outbreaks.
 
Residents are also encouraged to use the drop box available at the Grand Turk solid waste site.
EHD would like to thank Domestic Fire Services and other stakeholders who assisted to suppress and quickly extinguish the fire. We also would like to thank the general public for their assistance.
We wish to assure the public that we are committed to safeguarding public health while also creating an environment that is healthy and aesthetically pleasing to both residents and visitors to enjoy.
 
The Environmental Health Department and Ministry of Health apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause and would like to thank the community for their patience and cooperation.
 
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