Statement on the Use of Gloves in Community Settings in the Context of COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE  

 

Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services,  Statement on the Use of Gloves in Community Settings in the Context of COVID-19

 

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services noted several instances where individuals in the general population are using disposable (single use) and reusable gloves while out in public, as a measure of personal protection against COVID-19.

 

Based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Ministry of Health advises the public that the inappropriate use of gloves by persons in the public may give the user a false sense of security; and can easily lead to the transmission of germs including the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes the use of gloves while shopping/browsing for food and other items, driving and holding door handles. Prolonged use of gloves and unintentional touching of the face, eyes or mobile phone will lead to contamination; and possible transmission of the virus and other germs that may become trapped on the gloves.

Businesses which require their employees and customers to use single use, disposable gloves as part of their operations, should provide clear instructions for the use, removal and disposal of these gloves. Such instructions should be readily available and easily understood.

 

When a person has reason to go into the community or public, the use of disposable or reusable gloves is not recommended or promoted. While out in public, the best defence against contracting COVID-19 is to:

  • Continually practice proper hand hygiene - wash hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitizer that contains 60% or more alcohol.
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing from others (at least 2 metres/6 feet),
  • Avoid gatherings/crowded spaces and
  • Observe measures for the use of face masks/face coverings, where applicable
  • Stay at home if you are sick. 

 

The need for the use of gloves by various categories of healthcare workers and persons caring for ill relatives at home who have COVID-19 is well defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other scientific guidance.

 

Single use medical gloves (latex/nitrile) are worn by healthcare workers or home care providers to help: 

  • To reduce the risk of contamination of health-care workers hands with blood and other body fluids and,
  • To reduce the risk of germ dissemination to the environment, and of transmission from the health-care worker to the patient and vice versa, as well as from one patient to another.

 

Gloves are to be safely disposed after use. Gloves used while handling cases of COVID-19 at home should be placed in a bag and tied before disposal into the waste bin.

 

For the most current information on what you can do to keep yourself and loved ones safe from COVID-19 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.

 

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REGISTRATION & CITIZENSHIP (BATCH #005)

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PRESS RELEASE

 

REGISTRATION & CITIZENSHIP (BATCH #005)

 

The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labor & Employment Services, in collaboration with the Department of Registration and Citizenship hereby wishes to invite members of the public to visit or contact the Customer Service Center in Grand Turk via telephone numbers (649) 338 2939 / 2982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as it relates to the collection of BOTC Passports collection.

 

BOTC PASSPORTS READY FOR COLLECTION IN GRAND TURK

JULIANA KATHLEEN HIGGS

JUWAN COOPER LACOSSADE

ANNA ABDALA DORVIL

ROKENDY VIXAMAR

JUNELDAH ROSE LACOSSADE

NATHALIE ROGER MOHAMMED

JUSTIN CHISTOPHER FORBES

PERLA NIEVES CHESTERTON

PATRICIA CATHY-ANN ADAMS

JULIANA KATHLEEN HIGGS

JUWAN COOPER LACOSSADE

ELLISLEY LEON CAMPBELL

WOODLINE MONCION

DUDLEY LIGHTBOURN JR

VICTORIA TOUSSAINT

FEDLIEN JEAN VERNET

PAULA DERISSIER ACHYLLE

DEUCE TREVYN INGHAM

MARCELLA COX

DJAVONTE ANTUAN JAVAE ADAMS

IS-HANGELIE FENELUS

GINO BERNADIN

RICARDAUD PIERRE

KAI CHRISTINA FAITH ONEIL

ELIJAH JOSHUA SIMMONS

FAITH SIMMONS

 

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

 

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MINISTRY OF FINANCEINVESTMENT AND TRADE - PURCHASE ORDER POLICY

                                                                                   

 

 

MINISTRY OF FINANCE INVESTMENT AND TRADE - PURCHASE ORDER POLICY

 

Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) would like to remind the general public that all financial commitments for goods and services, procured by TCIG, must be made using a TCIG purchase order. This action is to assist with increasing the efficiency in the procurement of services/goods and payment of invoices across TCIG. 

 

To expedite this process, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) will therefore be enforcing a “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy. Under this initiative, all suppliers of goods and services to the TCIG must not, under any circumstances, accept verbal or written order(s) from anyone of whatever designation on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government unless a signed copy of a valid TCIG Purchase Order is given.

 

Transactions outside of this process may result in either a delay of payment or will not be recognized/processed.

 

Additionally, as a part of the “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy the supplier/vendor must reference the valid PO number on the invoice, otherwise the invoice will be returned to the vendor for completion.

 

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MINISTRYOF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #83

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #83

                                                                                                 

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The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 1st June, 2020:

 

OVER THE PAST 24hrs, THE TURKS AND CAICOS HAS EXPERIENCED NO CHANGE IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION.

 

NO NEW CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES HAVE BEEN RECORDED. CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES CURRENTLY 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.

 

THERE CONTINUES TO BE NO NEW SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19.

 

THE NUMBER OF PERSONS IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION STANDS AT 43. This includes: travellers (42) and a contact (1) – thirty-one (31) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition.

 

TO DATE, A TOTAL OF 682 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status

 

NO NEW NEGETIVE OR POSITIVE RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED. LOCAL TESTING HAS BEEN INITIATED AND WOULD BE 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 fifty-three (153) test results, with one hundred and forty-one (141) 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.

 

The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE ADVICE AND GUIDELINES FROM THE MINISTRY. PERSONS ARE ALSO REMINDED 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 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.

Illegal Vessel Interception on May 31, 2020

 
   

 

MINISTRY OF IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

GRAND TURK                                                                                                                     TEL: 649-338-2921

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS                                                                                            FAX: 649-946-2924

WEST INDIES

TEL: 649-338 2921                                                                     EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Illegal Vessel Interception on May 31, 2020

 

On Sunday May 31, 2020, at approximately 9:06 p.m. the Department of Immigration received a telephone call from Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Marine Branch informing that reliable information was received that a vessel carrying illegal migrants was in the territorial waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands and more specifically, close to Providenciales.

 

Immigration Officers were immediately dispatched and conducted patrols near the areas of possibility of landings with the assistance of the Police.

 

At approximately 11:14 p.m. another report was received indicating that the Police Marine Branch had intercepted an illegal vessel.

 

The blue wooden sloop was towed to South Dock Providenciales by the Police with one hundred and thirty-five persons (136) persons on board including thirty-one (31) females.  They were all handed over to the Department of Immigration and taken to Gustavus Lightbourne Sporting Complex where they are being processed.

 

This is the ninth illegal migrant interception for 2020 undertaken by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force with assistance from other stakeholders, compared to three (3) landings in 2019.

 

Prior to last night’s interception, for the year 2020, seven hundred and ninety (790) persons have been repatriated from illegal vessels compared to eight hundred and forty-five (845) persons during the same period in 2019.

All detainees are being screened by the Ministry of Health and efforts are advancing with the assistance of the Haitian Government for swift repatriation of these persons.

 

The Enforcement agencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands are again appealing to persons with information concerning planned and landed arrival of illegal person. Additionally, the marine community assistance is required on poachers’ activities and any suspicious movements. You are asked to contact the Police anonymously on 911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1-800-8477 TIPS.

 

The Hon Vaden Williams, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services, in his comments expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to all agencies involved in this successful apprehension and encouraged them to keep up the great work.

 

The Hon Minister further acknowledged that the combined efforts of the Turks and Caicos Islands Marine Branch, the United States Coast, Bahamas Defense Force, Royal UK Marines and the Enforcement Unit of the TCI Immigration Department, are doing a great job in protecting our borders, noting that the last vessel intercepted was back in April 2020, when a total of 225 illegal Haitian migrants were repatriated to Haiti.

 

The General public is reminded that it is an offence to harbour or assist illegal persons and that persons found guilty engaging in such activities are liable to a fine of US$20,000 or a term of imprisonment of four years, or both in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised or any law.

 

The public is also requested to provide the Police with tips or any information related to this or any other illegal landing. We encourage the public to submit information or tips anonymously in English, French or Spanish on either to www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.

 

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