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MINISTRY OF HEALTH PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON THE INCREASE IN COVID-19 RECOVERIES

Over the weekend, the general public would have noted on the Covid-19 dashboard that there was a significant increase in the number of recoveries from Covid-19. The Public Health Team had, until recently, largely depended on a manual system for tracking COVID-19 cases in the TCI. This process ran seamlessly at the beginning of the epidemic when the number of daily cases reported was minimal. However, as the number of cases and the associated contact tracing work increased the manual process of data collection became difficult to maintain. While it did not impact the tracking of positive cases, it did cause a delay in the reporting of persons being released from quarantine and persons being considered recovered.   

To facilitate more efficient data collection, and to prevent delays in reporting, the World Health Organization’s Go.data system, an electronic data processing system, is being implemented throughout the islands. The Go.data system is an outbreak investigation tool for field collection during public health emergencies. It includes functionality for case investigation and contact follow up and is designed for flexibility in the field. With the new system, contact tracers throughout TCI are equipped with tablets for the purpose of data collection and up-to-date reporting. This system is already being utilized in Providenciales and Grand Turk, following a brief training session, and will be rolled out to the other islands throughout the week.  

As a part of the data transfer process, i.e. from the old system to the new system, an exercise was undertaken to update all case and contact records. This led to a significant increase in the number of recoveries being reported and a significant reduction in the quarantine numbers being reported. It is important to note that with the up-to-date recording, facilitated by the Go.data system, releases/recoveries will be reported in a timelier manner. It is also important to note that all recoveries were reported in accordance with the new policy which was recently adopted by the Government. Persons have been released in accordance with this policy, however there was a lag in updating and reporting active cases due to the high workload of the public health teams.

The Ministry of Health wishes to acknowledge the hard work of the National Epidemiology and Research Unit who were integral in implementing the Go.data system as well as the Public Health Team for their continued efforts in the field. This positive development will greatly assist in timely data collection and reporting going forward.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #188

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 14th September 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, some changes has occurred in the Turks & Caicos Islands’ COVID-19 position since the previous update. two (2) new cases of covid-19 have been identified, all cases being located on the island of providenciales. both cases are still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.

No new recoveries have been recorded, leaving the total number of recoveries at five hundred and thirty-two (532). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI has risen to one hundred and ten (110). Three (3) 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 six hundred and forty-eight (648). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at fIVE (5).

six (6) new test result has been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming two (2) indivIdual positive and four (4) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand nine hundred and thirteen (2913) test results, with two thousand two hundred and sixty-five (2265) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and forty-eight (648) 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 346. This includes: Confirmed cases (110), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (236) – Five (5) 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.

The increase in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of the new confirmed cases being added to quarantine/observation status. To date, a total of 2,696 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:

  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 #187

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 13th September 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, significant changes has occurred in the Turks & Caicos Islands’ COVID-19 position since the previous update. two (2) new case of covid-19 have been identified, one (1) case being located on Grand Turk and the other on providenciales. both cases are still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.

Two hundred and fifty-six (256) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to five hundred and thirty-two (532). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI has now decreased to one hundred and eight (108). Three (3) confirmed cases are now 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 six hundred and forty-six (646). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at fIVE (5).

Thirteen (13) new test result has been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming two (2) indivIdual positive and eleven (11) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand nine hundred and seven (2907) test results, with two thousand two hundred and sixty-one (2261) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and forty-six (646) 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 344. This includes: Confirmed cases (108), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (236) – Five (5) 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.

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 persons whose quarantined period expired, having been removed. To date, a total of 2,696 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:

  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 #186

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

The Turks & Caicos Islands has seen some change in its COVID-19 position since the previous update. Three (3) new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, all being located on the island of Providenciales. Two (2) cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, one (1) case is still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.

Six (6) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing The total number of recoveries to two hundred and seventy-six (276). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI has now decreased to three hundred and sixty-two (362). Three (3) 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 now stands at six hundred and forty-four (644). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. the total number of covid-19 related deaths remains at five (5).

Fourteen (14) new test results have been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming three (3) individuals positive and eleven (11) individuals negative for COVID-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand eight hundred and ninety-four (2894) test results, with two thousand two hundred and fifty (2250) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and forty-four (644) 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 766. This includes: Confirmed cases (362), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (404) – two (2) persons are quarantined in the 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.

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 persons whose quarantine period having expired, being removed. To date, a total of 2,272 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:

  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.