MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #171
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as at 12am on 28th August 2020:
the Turks & Caicos Islands has continued to see considerable change in its COVID-19 position since the previous update. eight (8) new cases of covid-19 have been identified, all new cases being located in providenciales. five (5) of these cases are contacts of known confirmed cases and three (3) cases are still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.
forty-six (46) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to one hundred and forty-eight (148). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI has decreased to three hundred and thirty-eight (338). two (2) confirmed cases continue to be under hospital care. The Public Health Team continues to implement aggressive contact tracing and control measures in relation to all active cases.
total confirmed positive cases identified in the TCI to date now stands at four hundred and ninety (490). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded since the previous update, and the total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at three (3).
eighty-nine (89) new test results have been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory over the past 24hrs. these Results confirmed eight (8) indivduals positive and eighty-one (81) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand three hundred and sixty-seven (2367) test results, with one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven (1877) confirmed to be negative and four hundred and ninety (490) 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 DEcreased to 723. This includes: Confirmed cases (338), primary contacts of confirmed cases (374), secondary contacts of confirmed cases (11). 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 quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the new confirmed cases and their contacts being added to quarantine/observation status; with the new recoveries and the quarantine period having expired for several indivduals released from quarantine status. To date, a total of 1,495 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.