MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #111
The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public of the national COVID-19 outlook as at 12am on 29th June 2020. Please note that due to the recent and pertinent situation of the TCI recording its second COVID-19 related death, the Ministry of Health thought it would be in the best interest of the public to provide as much information as possible without breaching patient confidentiality. This necessitated the release of the dashboard at an irregular time.
THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS HAS SEEN SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE; WITH THE TCI NOW TRAGICALLY RECORDING ITS SECOND COVID-19 RELATED DEATH. The patient was an elderly resident who was admitted, with other underlying medical conditions, for care at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre. The patient succumbed to illness on Monday, 29 June 2020. An official joint press statement will be issued from the Ministry of Health and the Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital
No new confirmed positive cases have been identified since the previous update. The number of active confirmed cases currently stands at twenty-eight (28). Two cases are currently under hospital care. The Public Health Team is continuing its implementation of aggressive contact tracing and control measures.
The total number of confirmed positive cases identified in the TCI currently stands at forty-one (41). TCI continues to record no new suspected cases; with the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 remaining at ten (10).
FIVE (5) TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE; CONFIRMING ALL PERSONS WERE NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of six hundred and fifty-two (652) test results, with six hundred and elven (611) confirmed to be negative and forty-one (41) 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.
THE NUMBER OF PERSONS IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION HAS INCREASED TO 200. This includes: Confirmed cases (28), contacts of confirmed cases (52), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (46) returning TCI residents (54), and other international travellers (20) – Forty-six (46) of these persons 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.
THE INCREASE IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS IS AS A RESULT OF CONTACTS OF CONFIRMED CASES BEING ADDED TO QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION STATUS. To date, a total of 895 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.
LOCAL TESTING IS BEING CONDUCTED FOR PERSONS IN A RANGE OF CATEGORIES, INCLUDING FRONTLINE WORKERS, 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.
the public IS STRONGLY URGED TO FOLLOW THE 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.