MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #140
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as at 12am on 28th July 2020:
The Turks and Caicos Islands has seen minimal changes in its COVID-19 position since the previous update. No new confirmed cases have been recorded. However, two (2) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to thirty-seven (37). This means that the number of active confirmed cases in the tci has decreased to fifty-nine (59), with three (3) cases continuing to be under hospital care. The Public Health Team continues with aggressive contact tracing and control measures in relation to all active cases.
The total number of confirmed positive cases identified in the TCI to date stands at ninety-nine (99). No new COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded and total COVID-19 related deaths remain at two (2).
Four (4) new test results have been recorded since the previous update, confirming all persons tested negative for COVID-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of one thousand one hundred and twenty-five (1125) test results, with one thousand and twenty-six (1026) confirmed to be negative and ninety-nine (99) 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 185. This includes: Confirmed cases (59), primary contacts of confirmed cases (88), secondary contacts of confirmed cases (32) returning TCI residents (6) – Nine (9) 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 change in the number of persons in quarantine/observation is as a result of contacts of known cases being added to quarantine/observation status, and the new recoveries being removed. To date, a total of 1,202 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.
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.