MINISTRY OF HEALTH'S COVID-19 UPDATE #752
The Ministry of Health advises the public that as of December 11th to December 17th 2022:
THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS CONTINUES TO SEE CHANGES IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION. OVER THE PAST WEEK SIXTEEN (16) NEW CASES OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED.
TWENTY-EIGHT (28) NEW RECOVERIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES TO SIX THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY-THREE (6423). THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE TCI NOW STANDS AT FIVE (5). ONE (1) PERSON HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS TO ONE (1). THE PUBLIC HEALTH TEAM CONTINUES TO ADVISE PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE TO SELF-ISOLATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH GUIDELINES FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS. THE TEAM IS ALSO CONTINUING TO PROMOTE THE COVID-19 VACCINE AND BOOSTER UPTAKE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND THE ELDERLY.
THE TOTAL CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES IDENTIFIED IN THE TCI TO DATE STANDS AT SIX THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-NINE (6479). NO (0) NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS HAVE BEEN RECORDED. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS IS THIRTY-SIX (36).
SEVENTY-THREE (73) NEW PCR TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of sixty-one thousand two hundred and sixty-one (61,261) PCR test results and six thousand four hundred and seventy-nine (6479) positive confirmations. In addition, one (1) new Antigen test has been recorded, bringing the total number of Antigen tests to five hundred and fifty thousand two hundred and sixty-six (550,266). 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.
Local testing is being conducted for persons in a range of categories, according to the national testing strategy. This includes frontline workers and those who may need to travel for treatment abroad. These persons would not be reflected in quarantine numbers.
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:
- Washing our hands for 20secs or more.
- Wearing of masks required in public.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).
- Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
- Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19.