MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #91
The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 9th June, 2020:
THE TURKS AND CAICOS CONTINUES TO EXPERIENCE SOME CHANGE IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION. NO NEW POSITIVE OR SUSPECTED CASES HAVE BEEN RECORDED SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE. the public IS ADVISED TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE HEALTH ADVICE AND GUIDELINES FROM THE MINISTRY, ESPECIALLY AS WE PROGRESS WITH THE PHASED REOPENING.
THE NUMBER OF PERSONS IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION HAS INCREASED TO 100. This includes: one person experiencing symptoms but not meeting the case definition (1), travellers (98) and a contact (1) – thirty-eight (38) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility. One person is now under hospital care. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition.
THE INCREASE IN QUARANTINE NUMBERS IS AS A RESULT OF ONE PERSON EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS; THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN PLACED IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION STATUS. TO DATE, A TOTAL OF 683 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.
NO NEW POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED. LOCAL TESTING IS NOW BEING CONDUCTED FOR PERSONS IN A RANGE OF CATEGORIES, INCLUDING THOSE THAT MAY NEED TO TRAVEL LOCALLY TO OTHER ISLANDS, TRAVEL FOR TREATMENT ABROAD AND OTHER REASONS. THESE PERSONS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN QUARANTINE. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of one hundred and ninety-six (196) test results, with one hundred and eighty-four (184) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) positive confirmations. All persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and any contacts, (if quarantined, will be removed from quarantine/observation status) are asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health.
CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES CONTINUE TO STAND AT TWELVE (12); WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES FROM COVID-19 AT TEN (10), AND THE TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE COVID-19 DEATH.
PERSONS ARE ALSO REMINDED of offenses committed under section 34 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (nO.4) (AMENDMENT) (NO.5) 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 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.