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MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #218

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 14th October 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS CONTINUES TO SEE SOME CHANGES IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION. OVER THE PAST 24HRS NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. 

NO (0) NEW RECOVERIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED, LEAVING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES AT SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-THREE (673). THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE TCI REMAINS SIXTEEN (16). NO (0) CONFIRMED CASES ARE 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 STANDS AT SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX (696). NO NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS HAS BEEN RECORDED. TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS REMAINS AT SIX (6). 

FORTY-NINE (49) NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of three thousand seven hundred and twenty-two (3722) test results, with three thousand and twenty-six (3026) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and ninety-six (696) 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 REMAINS  82. This includes: Confirmed cases (16), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (66) – Zero (0) person are quarantined in a government facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. 

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:

  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 #217

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 13th October 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS CONTINUES TO SEE SOME CHANGES IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION. OVER THE PAST 24HRS NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. 

ONE (1) NEW RECOVERY HAS BEEN RECORDED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES AT SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-THREE (673). THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE TCI HAS DECREASED TO SIXTEEN (16). NO (0) CONFIRMED CASES ARE 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 STANDS AT SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX (696). NO NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS HAS BEEN RECORDED. TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS REMAINS AT SIX (6). 

NO (0) NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of three thousand six hundred and seventy-three (3673) test results, with two thousand nine hundred and sevenseven (2977) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and ninety-six (696) 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 82. This includes: Confirmed cases (16), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (66) – Zero (0) person are quarantined in a government facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. 

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:

  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.

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CONTROL MEASURES

The Government continues to work to slow the growth of numbers of cases of COVID-19 in our communities, and has reviewed and adjusted the measures previously announced as a result of the continued decrease in the number of cases.

In particular, the Government strategy is to introduce measures which will have an effect, and thereby ensure we can avoid having to impose any general lockdown measures, leaving such as a last resort.

Therefore, today, as we continue with the gradual process of lifting the lockdown, however we must remain vigilant.

Because we are not free of this virus.

It is not realistic to think that we will be.

There will be new clusters.

But we must avoid a new wave.

As a result, as from this Wednesday 14th October, the following measures will come into effect immediately:

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 MEASURES

I cannot stress enough that;

“The elderly and persons with underlying health conditions; should avoid socializing with younger people – even relatives, children and grandchildren – as these may be asymptomatic carriers of the virus who may infect them with fatal consequences.

“We have done very well up to now as a country in avoiding the worst effects of COVID-19 and we can continue to do well if we stick together, follow the rules and protect our most vulnerable.

“Today, we have seen a great decrease in cases, and All the current active cases are either asymptomatic or people suffering from fairly slight symptoms, with no one in the hospital or ICU, due to Covid-19, and no one requiring oxygen therapy or ventilation.

“Let’s keep it that way by continuing to work together, following advice from the Public Health Team of the Turks & Caicos, and showing the best of our communities.”

The Government reminds everyone that it is our individual and collective responsibility to play our part in ensuring that the situation continues to get better.

After 7 months of turmoil, it is now time to start to smile again, at least for now.

Thank you for your sacrifices these past 7 months.

Thank you for your support these past 7 months.

And thank you for listening this afternoon.

Existing control measures Control measures approved by the Cabinet
Curfew 4. (1) A curfew is imposed on all Islands for 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 am. every night starting from 30 September 2020 until 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020. (1) A curfew is imposed on all Islands for 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 am. every night starting from October 14th 2020 until 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020.  The closure of businesses at 9p.m.
Restrictions on businesses 5. From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020. Restrictions on businesses 5.  The existing restrictions to be retained from 14th October 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020 at 30% capacity for bars and restaurants based on square footage subject to the following additional measures – Establishments should indicate their capacity by a sign being placed outside/on the door. This includes restaurants, bars and all other businesses. Capacity should be calculated in order to comply with social distancing requirements and relevant applicable regulations. Take-out/Curbside dining should be encouraged. Outdoor Dining should be encouraged. Social distancing protocols, sanitization and mask waring protocols be always employed.
Religious places of worship 6. (1) From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020, the number of persons that may be permitted inside a religious place of worship at any given time shall not exceed 30 percent of occupancy based on square footage as verified by the Public and Environmental Health Department. Religious places of worship 6. (1) From 14th October 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020, the existing measures should be retained.  Social distancing protocols, sanitization and mask wearing protocols to be always employed. Religious places of worship should indicate their capacity by a sign placed outside on the door to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements and other relevant regulations.
Funeral services and burial grounds 7. From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020, a maximum number of twenty-five persons may be permitted to attend a funeral service and at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff, which shall be approved by the Chief Medical Officer: Provided that such funeral services shall be held outdoors. Funeral services and burial grounds

From 14th October 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020, a maximum number of twenty-five persons may be permitted to attend a funeral service and at least one officiant and essential mortuary staff, which shall be approved by the Chief Medical Officer: Provided that such funeral services shall be held outdoors. Social distancing protocols, sanitization and mask wearing protocols to be always employed.  All establishments should indicate their capacity by a sign placed outside on the door to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements and other relevant regulations.

Restrictions on public gathering and social activities 8.

(1) From the 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020 no person shall host or attend any public gathering or social activity of any description, including a wedding, of a gathering of more than twenty-five persons: Provided that any such activity is held outdoors.

(2) No summer camp shall be permitted to operate until 14 October 2020.

Restrictions on public gathering and social activities 8. (1) From the 14th October 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020 the existing measure should be retained, without the requirement for a wedding to be held outdoors.

Gathering at shelters 9.

(1) A shelter manager may permit a maximum number of persons to be accommodated at a shelter as allowable under COVID-19 protocols in the event that a disaster has happened, is happening or is likely to happen in the Islands.

(2) COVID-19 protocols shall be observed at all shelters.

(3) In sub regulations (1) and (2) “COVID-19 protocols” means protocols issued by the Ministry of Health for a particular shelter or shelters generally and include temperature screening, wearing of face mask, hand sanitizing, washing of hands, physical distancing, etc.

(4) In determining the maximum number of persons to be accommodated at a shelter under sub regulation (1), a principle objective of the shelter manager shall be to preserve life.

The existing measure to remain in force until December 31st 2020.
Logbook 10. A log book of attendees shall be kept and maintained for any gathering of a church, funeral or wedding permitted under regulations 6, 7 and 8 to facilitate contact tracing. Log book 10. From 14th October to 5:00am on 2nd November 2020, the existing measures to remain in place and extended to all organized public gatherings.
Aircrafts and vessels 11. Visiting military aircraft and vessels shall obtain approval from the Chief Medical Officer prior to arrival in the Islands. Aircrafts and vessels 11.  From 14th October to 5:00am on 2nd November 2020, the existing measures to remain in place and extended to flights providing humanitarian efforts and special aid in the event of a disaster. .

Restrictions on domestic travel 12.

(1) From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020, no person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any interisland private or commercial air or sea transport that is nonessential, provided that an airline or a boat shall reduce the number of persons traveling on interisland transportation to permit physical distancing.

(2) For the purposes of sub regulation (1), travel for the purpose of banking, businesses under regulation 4(3)(q), doctor and hospital visits, funeral, international travel or continuing one’s journey to an island of destination upon arrival in the Islands, emergencies and cargo shall be considered essential travel.

(3) A member of the House of Assembly may travel from and return to another island, to attend a meeting of the House of Assembly in the island of Grand Turk.

(4) Travel by construction workers for construction project work, with the written approval of the Permanent Secretary, Infrastructure following approval of the Chief Medical Officer shall be considered essential travel: Provided that measures as may be approved by the Ministry are put in place.

(5) The Chief Medical Officer may approve other exemptions for domestic travel required for urgent purposes not identified as essential travel under this regulation.

Capacity of the Domestic Travel:  From 14th October 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 2nd November 2020, the existing measures to be retained until 31st December 2020.

Screening for essential domestic travel 13.

(1) From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020, the Airports Authority and the Ports Authority shall, in accordance with protocols issued by the Ministry of Health, implement and conduct temperature checks on every person before the person boards an aircraft or boat for interisland travel.

(2) From 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020, the operator of a private boat who intends to travel interisland shall, prior to travel to and from any island, by boat notify and register with the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources. The Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources shall conduct a temperature check on the operator.

(3) Every person travelling interisland shall be subjected to a temperature check— (a) at the airport, if the person is travelling by aircraft; or (b) at the sea port, if the person is travelling by boat.

(4) A person who intends to travel interisland shall before undertaking such travel apply to the Ministry of Health for travel authorization by completing the Interisland Travel Authorization Form set out on the Ministry of Health website and subject himself to a temperature check prior to his travel.

(5) Every person travelling interisland shall adhere to all health protocols relevant for domestic travel.

Screening for essential domestic travel 13. From 14th October to 5:00am on 31st December 2020, the existing measures to remain in place.

Public beaches 14. For the purpose of preventing the spread of the virus through social gatherings, all public beaches shall continue to be opened subject to the following conditions for 30 September 2020 to 5:00 a.m. on 14 October 2020—

(a) physical distancing requirements shall be observed;

(b) no gathering of more than six adult persons outside the same household;

(c) other than commercial vendors who comply with the Ministry of Health protocols, no alcohol should be taken onto or consumed on the beach;

(d) no sports shall be allowed on the beach, except individual fitness activities.

Public beaches 14.  From 14th October to 5:00am on 2nd November 2020, the existing measures to remain in place.
Schools 15. Schools shall remain closed to face-to-face learning, except in the case of fourth and fifth forms students who may be required to attend school from 5 October 2020 in accordance the policy issued by the Ministry of Education. Schools 15.  From 14th October 2020 the reopening of schools should be in accordance with the Policy of the Ministry of Education establishing a Road map to the reopening of schools which should issue guidelines in consultation with the Ministry of Health. 
Sports camps: From 14th October 2020 Sports Camps may be permitted with a maximum of 25 persons inclusive of adults. Social distancing, face coverings, hygiene measures and logbooks must be utilized.

Restriction on visitation No person shall visit or be permitted to visit—

any place of quarantine or isolation station;

a patient in a hospital or facility, except a responsible adult in the case of a child;

residential care establishment; or

a detainee in a detention center, prison or police cell.

The existing restrictions on visitation to continue until 31st December 2020.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #216

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 12th October 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS CONTINUES TO SEE SOME CHANGES IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION. OVER THE PAST 24HRS NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. 

NO (0) NEW RECOVERIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED, LEAVING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES AT SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO (672). THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE TCI REMAINS SEVENTEEN (17). NO (0) CONFIRMED CASES ARE 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 STANDS AT SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX (696). NO NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS HAS BEEN RECORDED. TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS REMAINS AT SIX (6). 

TWO (2) NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of three thousand six hundred and seventy-three (3673) test results, with two thousand nine hundred and sevenseven (2977) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and ninety-six (696) 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 REMAINS 81. This includes: Confirmed cases (17), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (64) – Zero (0) person are quarantined in a government facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. 

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:

  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 #215

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 11th October 2020:

EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCIES, THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY CURRENTLY OPERATES A 6-DAY WORK WEEK TO ALLOW FOR APPROPRIATE DEEP CLEANING AND OTHER PREPARATORY WORK TO BE DONE ON SUNDAYS. AS SUCH, REGULAR ACTIVITIES ARE MINIMIZED OR SUSPENDED DURING WEEKENDS TO ALLOW FOR SUCH PROCESSES TO BE COMPLETED.

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ABOVE, THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS HAS SEEN NO CHANGES IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION OVER THE PAST 24HRS. NO NEW CASES OF COVID-19 HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CONFIRMED CASES IN THE TCI REMAINS SEVENTEEN (17). ONE (1) CONFIRMED CASE CONTINUES TO BE UNDER HOSPITAL CARE. THE PUBLIC HEALTH TEAM CONTINUES TO IMPLEMENT AGGRESSIVE CONTACT TRACING AND CONTROL MEASURES IN RELATION TO ALL ACTIVE CASES. 

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES REMAINS SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO (672), WITH TOTAL CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES IDENTIFIED IN THE TCI TO DATE AT SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY-SIX (696). NO NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS HAVE BEEN RECORDED. TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS STANDS AT SIX (6). 

NO NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECORDED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of three thousand six hundred and seventy-one (3671) test results, with two thousand nine hundred and seventyfive (2975) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and ninety-six (696) 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 REMAINS 81. This includes: Confirmed cases (17), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (64) – Zero (0) persons are quarantined in a government facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. 

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:

  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.