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COVID19 Testing

Ministry of Health responds to COVID testing being offered in the private sector.

The Ministry of Health has been made aware of information circulating on social media regarding testing for COVID-19 being offered by the Private Sector. The Ministry of Health has not received a formal application from any private medical facility to carry out testing for COVID-19. The testing currently carried out through the National Public Health Laboratory until local capacity is established, is being performed by the internationally accepted gold standard method (PCR) to identify SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #38

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 17th April, 2020:

ONE COVID-19 DEATH CONTINUES TO BE RECORDED IN TCI.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). Two confirmed positive cases are currently under hospital care.

SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE AS AT 16 aPRIL, 2020, THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 HAS INCREASED SLIGHTLY TO TWO (2). THE NEW SUSPECTED CASES ARE TWO TCI RESIDENTS WITH A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES.

The individuals met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19. Samples have been collected and sent for testing.

QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS HAVE INCREASED TO 51. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (9), contacts of confirmed cases (15), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (11), suspected cases (2) persons under investigation (2), relatives/contacts of person under investigation/suspected cases (10), and TCI residents returning from overseas (2). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.

The change in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the quarantine period expiring for several individuals, with them being removed from quarantine/observation status; and with the suspected cases, one person under investigation, and their contacts being added to quarantine/observation status.

On 1st April, 2020 the case definition for COVID-19 was amended for TCI; a travel history is no longer needed to fit the criteria. Given the closure of the TCI borders it is likely that new case would be as a result of local transmission.

OVER THE PAST 24hrs, NO NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. As it currently stands, the TCI has received a total of eighty-three (83) test results, with seventy-two (72) confirmed to be negative and eleven (11) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Those cases confirmed positive are in isolation with contact tracing aggressively continuing.

THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY REMINDED THAT LOCKDOWN MEASURES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED AND YOU ARE TO STAY AT HOME – ONLY LEAVING FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL UNDER THE SPECIFIED GUIDENCE.

The Ministry of Health ALSO takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 18 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 in regard to false Statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law.

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 has come from infected country(ies) or 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. Practicing social distancing 3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.

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 STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 AND PETS

The Ministry of Health would like to reassure the general public that all COVID-19 related health advice sent out via text messages from our mobile service providers, Digicel and FLOW, and purporting to be from the Ministry of Health is in fact authentic advice from the Ministry. The Ministry and the wider TCIG continues to work along with all stakeholders to respond to this national public health emergency, and this includes the dissemination of text messages through our mobile service providers.

As such, the Ministry would like to ease public concern regarding a particular message which was disseminated recently, giving advice in relation to COVID-19 spread and pets. According to guidelines from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), as per their website, evidence has shown that it is possible for humans to infect animals with COVID-19. However, there has been no confirmations of passing the virus from animals to humans. As investigations continue and new information is being learnt about COVID-19, it is still recommended that pet owners continue to practice good hygiene when handling and interacting with their pets.

We love and care dearly for our pet companions, so let’s safeguard them and ourselves. The Ministry of Health trusts that this advice will help to ensure that pets and their owners continue to have a loving and healthy relationship that last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Further advice will be added to the Ministry of Health’s Coronavirus website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/, in the coming days. For more information on the OIE’s guidance, please visit their website: https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/

For general COVID-19 related health inquiries, you can contact the Ministry of Health via (649) 244-WASH (9274) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through any of our Health Promotions & Advocacy Unit social media accounts. For the latest news, information and advice from the Ministry of Health please visit our Coronavirus website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/. If you are experiencing symptoms or have a COVID-19 related emergency, then please call our Coronavirus Hotline via (649) 333-0911 and (649) 232-9444. We also reemphasize the importance of staying home during this time of lockdown, please help our frontline essential workers by all of us doing our part.

Information Request for Potential Departures from the Turks and Caicos Islands

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (April 17, 2020) – The Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board continues to partner with the Ministry of Health as we mitigate COVID-19 in our islands.

The Ministry and Tourist Board, with the consent of the Ministry of Health and Turks and Caicos Islands Government are working closely with Provo Air Center and Blue Heron Aviation to facilitate airlift out of the islands for any non –residents, work permit holders, temporary visitors, currently in the Islands and who wish to leave.

Kindly note that you should contact any of the following agencies for potential flight details.

Provo Air Center: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Blue Heron Aviation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please have the following information handy.

  • Name
  • Number of persons in your traveling party
  • Contact information
  • Country of origin/destination

The above request is extended to citizens of all countries including (but not limited to) the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom and Caribbean nations.

Please note that during the operation of any flights all Public Health Protocols relating to COVID 19 will be strictly enforced.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #37

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 16th April, 2020:

THE TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD ONLY ONE COVID-19 DEATH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). Two confirmed positive cases are currently under hospital care.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO SUSPECTED CASES IN THE TCI. THE DECREASE OVER THE PAST 24hrs IS AS A RESULT OF TEST RESULTS RECEIVED WHICH CONFIRMED THAT THE LONE SUSPECTED CASE WAS NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19.

QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS HAVE DECREASED TO 45. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (9), contacts of confirmed cases (16), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (12), person under investigation (1), relatives/contacts of person under investigation (5), and TCI residents returning from overseas (2). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.

The change in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of several factors: test results received, confirming that the lone suspected case was negative for COVID-19 – this individual and their contacts have been removed from quarantine/observation status. Also as a result of one individual being placed in quarantine/observation status for investigation; relatives/contacts of the individual under investigation has also been placed in quarantine/observation status.

On 1st April, 2020 the case definition for COVID-19 was amended for TCI; a travel history is no longer needed to fit the criteria. Given the closure of the TCI borders it is likely that new case would be as a result of local transmission.

OVER THE PAST 24hrs, THE TCI HAS RECEIVED ONE (1) TEST RESULT, CONFIRMING THAT THE SUSPECTED CASE WAS NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19. As it currently stands, the TCI has received a total of eighty-three (83) test results, with seventy-two (72) confirmed to be negative and eleven (11) positive confirmations. Persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and their contacts, were moved from quarantined status and asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Those cases confirmed positive are in isolation with contact tracing aggressively continuing.

THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY REMINDED THAT LOCKDOWN MEASURES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED AND YOU ARE TO STAY AT HOME – ONLY LEAVING FOR ESSENTIAL TRAVEL UNDER THE SPECIFIED GUIDENCE.

The Ministry of Health ALSO takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 18 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 in regard to false Statements/information. You do not have to be the originator of the statement/information in order to be charged under the law.

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 has come from infected country(ies) or 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. Practicing social distancing 3. Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.

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.