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Two Additional Suspected COVID-19 Admissions

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM TCI HOSPITAL AND TCI GOVERNMENT

(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Sunday, 5 April, 2020): The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital wishes to advise members of the general public that there were two additional persons suspected of having COVID-19 admitted to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre over the past 48 hours.

On April 3rd 2020, a male resident in his 30’s presented with severe acute respiratory infection and had no recent travel history. On April 4th 2020, a female resident in her 20’s also presented with severe acute respiratory infection and met the case definition of suspected COVID-19. She had recently travelled to the United Kingdom. 

Both persons were transported to the emergency department via ambulance and are currently receiving supportive clinical care. The public health team was notified and samples were collected for overseas testing. Due to patient confidentiality no further details can be provided. A follow-up press release will be issued with an update on the results once available and the patients have been notified. 

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government - Ministry of Health Team commenced immediate contact tracing and persons identified in the process are required to undergo quarantine and/or screening as a precautionary measure. 

To date, there are three (3) persons suspected of COVID-19 under isolation and clinical management at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.

Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians within the emergency department continue to operate with enhanced clinical suspicion in the screening and detection of persons who meet the latest case definition for COVID-19. 

Home quarantine is also an option utilized globally and locally for persons who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 under the appropriate circumstances, which can include the presence of mild symptoms who do not require medical care.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #25

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 4th April, 2020:

TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD NO NEW CASES SINCE OUR UPDATE AS AT 3rd APRIL, 2020. 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.

TCI suspected cases of COVID-19 increased to twelve (12): The twelve suspected cases are TCI residents returning from countries with local transmission, contacts of a confirmed case, persons presenting with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), and persons experiencing relevant symptoms but no travel history. Two suspected cases continue to remain under hospital care and one suspected case passed away on 3rd April, 2020.

All twelve persons had met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19, those currently in quarantine/observation are experiencing symptoms. Samples have been collected and sent for testing, and we are currently awaiting result

The increase in suspected cases is as a result of persons (2) who are experiencing relevant symptoms but with no travel history. Both individuals met the case definition for COVID-19. And contact tracing is underway.

Persons under quarantine/observation (288)—The confirmed cases (5), contacts of a confirmed case (17), possible contact of a confirmed case (10), the suspected cases (11), symptomatic person/s under investigation (1), relatives/contacts of suspected cases or persons under investigation (23), persons travelling from highly affected countries (2), TCI residents (219). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.

The increase in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the two new suspected cases, their contacts and residents returning to TCI. All individuals have been placed in quarantine status.

No new test results were received. To date, a total of twenty-seven (27) test results have been received, with twenty-two (22) confirmed negative and five (5) 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 Ministry of Health 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 COVID-19 UPDATE #24

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 3rd April, 2020:

TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD NO NEW CASES SINCE YESTERDAY’S UPDATE, AS AT 2ND APRIL, 2020. 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.

TCI suspected cases of COVID-19 increased to ten (10): The ten suspected cases are TCI residents returning from countries with local transmission, contacts of a confirmed case, and persons presenting with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) (10). An infant experiencing SARI was admitted to TCI Hospital for care but has since passed away. All ten persons had met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19, those currently in quarantine/observation are experiencing symptoms. Samples have been collected and sent for testing, and we are currently awaiting results.

The increase in suspected cases is as a result of the infant which presented with symptoms (SARI) that met the case definition for COVID-19.

Persons under quarantine/observation (278)—The confirmed cases (5), contacts of a confirmed case (17), possible contact of a confirmed case (10), the suspected cases (9), symptomatic person/s under investigation (1), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (17), persons travelling from highly affected countries (2), TCI residents (217). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not meet the case definition for COVID-19.

The decrease in quarantine/observation numbers is primarily as a result of the expiration of the quarantine period for several individuals, they have been removed from quarantined status.

No new test results were received. To date, a total of twenty-seven (27) test results have been received, with twenty-two (22) confirmed negative and five (5) 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 Ministry of Health 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.

Late Male Inpatient Tests Negative for COVID-19

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FROM TCI GOVERNMENT AND TCI HOSPITAL 

(Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Friday, 3 April 2020): The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital wishes to advise members of the general public that test results for a middle-aged male resident who was suspected of COVID-19 and passed away on March 23rd 2020 at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre have returned as negative. 

The inpatient case was originally mentioned in a press release issued on March 25th 2020 to advise the public that a posthumous test result for the male was still pending at the time. 

Given the latest development, the family of the deceased was formally notified of the negative result and his passing is likely attributed to natural causes. 

The Ministry of Health and TCI Hospital continues to extend our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of their loved one. To date, the Turks and Caicos Islands have no confirmed COVID-19-associated deaths.