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MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S COVID-19 UPDATE #585

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 17th October 2021:

OVER THE PAST 24HRS One (1) NEW case of COVID-19 have been identified.

The number of Active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at Thirty-seven (37).

Two (2) New recoveries.

Two (2) new PCR test conducted.

Five hundred and forty-three (543) new Antigen test have been conducted.

One (1) person hospitalized.

Zero (0) NEW COVID related Death has been recorded leaving the total number of deaths stands at twenty-three (23).

The public is strongly urged to follow all health advice and guidelines from the Ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening.

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. Wearing of masks required in public.
  3. Practicing social distancing.
  4. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).
  6. Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  7. Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
  8. Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.

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.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S COVID-19 UPDATE #584

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 16th October 2021:

OVER THE PAST 24HRS Two (2) NEW cases of COVID-19 have been identified.

The number of Active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at Thirty-eight (38).

Twenty-three (23) New recoveries.

Sixty-four (64) new PCR test conducted.

Eight hundred and sixty-three (863) new Antigen test have been conducted.

One (1) person hospitalized.

Zero (0) NEW COVID related Death has been recorded leaving the total number of deaths stands at twenty-three (23).

The public is strongly urged to follow all health advice and guidelines from the Ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening.

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. Wearing of masks required in public.
  3. Practicing social distancing.
  4. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).
  6. Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  7. Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
  8. Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.

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.

*Press Conference Statement by Hon Jamell Robinson 15th OCT 2021

Good Morning Turks and Caicos, I would like to thank team TCI for their presentations in giving you an update on the state of COVID-19 within our islands.

I must say that since the beginning of the spike in early July, significant progress has been made to reduce the overall positive cases and control the spread of COVID-19. This is especially positive within the context of reopening schools for face to face learning. I would like to offer my condolences to the Gardiner family on their great loss yesterday, as well as to all those that have lost love ones since my last press conference.

Before commenting further on COVID-19, I would like to note how our number one industry is doing since the introduction of the new measures on September 1st 2021. The following statistics were provided by the TCI Airports Authority and the TCI Tourist Board. In terms of passenger arrivals, September 2021 saw a 10% increase in arrivals compared to September 2019 i.e. just over 22,000 passengers versus slightly over 20,000 passengers.

With the reintroduction of airline flights like Southwest Airlines and other carriers that will begin to fly again into our destination for the high season, we will continue to see positive growth.

In terms of projected room nights, October 2021 is projected to have 10% more bookings compared to October 2019. This is almost double the numbers from September 2021. As we look around, we can see more life and activity returning to these islands.

In East Harbour last week where cabinet held it’s Strategic Retreat, I can tell you that having stayed at the East Bay Resort several times previously that place was full of life and activity for the first time. The new management group has found a way to attract folks to visit and the future looks brighter for the Big South.

As we’ve all seen by now, just days ago, your good, good government, the people’s government signed the amended development agreement with Carnival Cruise Line for the return of ships to the Nation’s Capital Grand Turk for December 7th, 2021 along with a $25 Million pier extension project to accommodate bigger ships. This doesn’t even include the $4 million of infrastructural works that is allocated for improvements to get Grand Turk ready for the return of the cruising industry. All and all, I dare say in the words of Patrice Roberts “Better days are coming”.

Now to COVID-19. There will be no changes to the Health regulations as they currently stand. That is for several reasons.

1. We have made significant progress but we are not out of the woods just yet. Our Positivity rate is at 2.0% down from as high as 3.7% and we only have one person hospitalized in relation to COVID-19 directly. We unfortunately, are still on Level 3 on the CDC travel list which I believe is too high but I’m hopeful that we will be moved to least a level 2 after the next round of country assessments.

The second reason that there is no change. My Ministry is in the process of reviewing all protocols to find a long-term balance for the safety of lives and livelihoods. We are fast approaching an 80-85% vaccination rate for the adult segment of the population and are approaching 70% for all persons eligible for the vaccine inclusive of those 12-15 years of age where there is a low uptick.

At some pont personal responsibility will become the order of the day. While we may not relax all regulations at once, we do want to put in place the minimum amount of measures to produce the desired outcome, which again is balancing lives and livelihoods.

Thank you.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S COVID-19 UPDATE #583

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 15th October 2021:

OVER THE PAST 24HRS Twelve (12) NEW cases of COVID-19 have been identified.

The number of Active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at Fifty-nine (59).

Six (6) New recoveries.

One hundred and seven (107) new PCR test conducted.

Eight hundred and seventy (870) new Antigen test have been conducted.

One (1) person hospitalized.

Zero (0) NEW COVID related Death has been recorded leaving the total number of deaths stands at twenty-three (23).

The public is strongly urged to follow all health advice and guidelines from the Ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening.

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. Wearing of masks required in public.
  3. Practicing social distancing.
  4. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).
  6. Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  7. Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
  8. Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.

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.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S COVID-19 UPDATE #582

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 14th October 2021:

OVER THE PAST 24HRS Five (5) NEW cases of COVID-19 have been identified.

The number of Active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at Fifty-three (53).

One (1) New recovery.

One hundred and seventy-six (176) new PCR test conducted.

Nine hundred and sixteen (916) new Antigen test have been conducted.

One (1) person hospitalized.

Zero (0) NEW COVID related Death has been recorded leaving the total number of deaths stands at twenty-three (23).

The public is strongly urged to follow all health advice and guidelines from the Ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening.

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. Wearing of masks required in public.
  3. Practicing social distancing.
  4. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
  5. Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).
  6. Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
  7. Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
  8. Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.

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.