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MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #43

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 22nd April, 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS’ COVID-19 SITUATION HAS HAD NO CHANGE OVER THE PAST 24hrs.

THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE (1) COVID-19 DEATH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). HOWEVER, FOUR (4) CASES HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19; with two confirmed positive cases continuing to remain under hospital care.

THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 REMAINS AT FIVE (5). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS; TWO WITH, AND THREE WITHOUT, A HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES. CONTACT TRACING IS UNDERWAY.

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 DECREASED TO 94. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (5), contacts of confirmed cases (30), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (31), suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (12), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (11). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition for COVID-19.

The decrease in quarantine/observation numbers is primarily as a result of the recovered individuals and their contacts being removed from quarantine/observation status, as well as the quarantine/observation period having expired for several individuals. A TOTAL OF 437 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM 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.

NO NEW POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE CONFIRMATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. To date, 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 GUIDANCE.

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 COVID-19 UPDATE #42

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 21st April, 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE (1) COVID-19 DEATH.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES REMAINS AT ELEVEN (11). HOWEVER, FOUR (4) CASES HAVE NOW OFFICIALLY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19; with two confirmed positive cases continuing to remain under hospital care.

THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 REMAINS AT FIVE (5). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS; TWO WITH, AND THREE WITHOUT, A HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES. CONTACT TRACING IS UNDERWAY.

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 DECREASED TO 94. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (5), contacts of confirmed cases (30), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (31), suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (12), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (11). Persons under observation/quarantine are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition for COVID-19.

The decrease in quarantine/observation numbers is primarily as a result of the recovered individuals and their contacts being removed from quarantine/observation status, as well as the quarantine/observation period having expired for several individuals. A TOTAL OF 437 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM 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.

NO NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. To date, 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 GUIDANCE.

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 COVID-19 UPDATE #41

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 20th April, 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE (1) COVID-19 DEATH.

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

THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 HAS increased TO FIVE (5). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS; TWO WITH, AND THREE WITHOUT, A HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES. CONTACT TRACING IS UNDERWAY.

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 108. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (9), contacts of confirmed cases (34), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (31), suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (12), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (17). 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 primarily as a result of the two new suspected cases and their contacts being 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.

NO NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. To date, 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 COVID-19 UPDATE #40

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 19th April, 2020:

THE TURKS & CAICOS CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE COVID-19 DEATH.

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

HOWEVER, A PATIENT FROM THE TCI HAS BEEN CONFIRMED POSITIVE OUTSIDE OF THE COUNTRY AND EFFORTS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE WHICH COUNTRY WILL OFFICIALLY REPORT THE CASE, AS TO AVOID DOUBLE COUNTING.

THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 HAS RISEN TO THREE (3). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS; TWO WITH, AND ONE WITHOUT, A 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 102. This includes: The active confirmed cases (patients in the TCI that are currently infected) (9), contacts of confirmed cases (34), indirect contacts of confirmed cases (31), suspected cases (3), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (8), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (17). 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 primarily as a result of contact tracing efforts, where contacts and indirect contacts of confirmed cases have increased; along with the additional suspected case and their contacts, and symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts.

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.

NO NEW TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. To date, 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.

 

Back to School Message by Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education

My fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders and residents, I greet you and speak blessings and protection over you all and over these beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands. God is in control, do not get discouraged, this too shall pass.

As we commence two additional weeks of curfew, I encourage all of us to adhere to the advice given by the Ministry of Health. We are in this together, remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water, and wear a mask especially when shopping, banking or doing other essential tasks. Let’s continue to stay at home to flatten the curve.

School was scheduled to reopen this Monday, April 20th but due to the extension of the curfew this is not possible. We continue to be guided by the advice of our officials in the Ministry of Health. As we begin two additional weeks outside of the classroom setting, we will continue to make use of online learning platforms such as Microsoft OneNote Classroom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams and Zoom to facilitate face to face instructional delivery and learning opportunities for students.

To our committed teachers and school administrators, without you this process would not be possible. You are our frontline workers and we cannot express how grateful we are. The Ministry commends you for driving this mandate and engaging our students in online instruction. We are mindful that this time is extremely challenging for you, and I dare say stressful, as you cope with designing engaging lessons, the psychological and emotional trauma because of COVID-19, staying in touch with your families and friends, and keeping yourself safe and active.

Please make use of the hotline services provided by the Department of Health, the Red Cross and a small team of Guidance Counsellors for coping strategies.

I use this medium to impress on our parents the significant role you will play over the next two weeks. Parents, we have a duty to you, your children and the community to ensure that there is continuous learning as we traverse through this turbulent, uncertain period. This cannot be successful unless we appreciate that it is a collaborative effort. While schools are organizing this process and are committed to continuing this mandate, it will be incumbent on you to provide the support in your home for our students, your children, to be logged on at the times they are scheduled to be connected for classes or to ensure that they complete the assigned work on the specific days. In our feedback report from schools, we were informed of challenges with internet connection and devices. The Ministry was able to finalize agreements with our two telecommunication companies and they have presented excellent packages of discounted data plans and a donation of some Mifi devices to facilitate online instruction.

Students, I can imagine that it has been very difficult for you since March 20, especially since you have had to recondition your minds from being in an environment with desks, chairs, your classmates, teachers and friends to a virtual learning environment. This required a tremendous amount of self- discipline to connect to the class sessions with your teachers and complete the assigned work with the help of your parents. This will continue to have that effect as you begin online classes as of Monday, April 20 which is the start of Term 3. This means that you are expected to return to online classes and engage with your teachers and fellow students to learn all that you can. I call on you to make the most of the learning opportunities made available to you.

I close this address with the reassurance that you are not alone. We are not alone. During this time, we must strengthen our faith experience and lean on the wisdom of the Almighty God to provide guidance and direction to our officials who make decisions on our behalf. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In   all   your   ways acknowledge   Him, and He will make your paths straight.” God is working His purpose out, let us be vigilant in prayer and continue to trust Him to lead us through this.

We applaud you, we are here for you and we support you. Let us work together to provide a high quality educational experience for our children.

The Ministry will be providing periodic updates in the coming days.

May God continue to bless us all.