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MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #190

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 16th September 2020:

the Turks & Caicos Islands has seen some change in its COVID-19 position since the previous update. Nine (9) new cases of covid-19 have been identified, three (3) cases being located on Grand Turk and all other cases being located on the island of providenciales. Five (5) cases are contacts of a known confirmed cases and four (4) cases are still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.

Four (4) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to five hundred and sixty-one (561). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at ninety-two (92). 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 fifty-nine (659). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at fIVE (5).

Forty-four (44) new test result has been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming nine (9) indivIdual positive and thirty-five (35) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight (2968) test results, with two thousand three hundred and nine (2309) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and fifty-nine (659) 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 at 283. This includes: Confirmed cases (92), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (191) – 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.

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 LAUNCHES NEW ESSENTIAL LOCAL TRAVEL PORTAL

The Ministry of Health wishes to notify the general public that a new portal has been launched whereby persons who wish to undertake essential travel between the islands can apply. The portal was developed by the Computer Information and Technology Unit and will consist of a more user-friendly mechanism for persons to apply. The new portal is located on the Ministry of Health’s website https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/ and the portal can be located on the following link; https://domestictravel.gov.tc/ will go live today 16th September 2020. Persons wishing to travel for essential purposes should apply using the link and they will be guided through a series of fields to complete. Existing applications will still be processed, however the general public is advised to commence using the new portal.

  1. Please note that persons will be required to apply within 48 hours of their intended date of travel.
  2. Applications will need to be submitted by each person in a group wishing to travel.
  3. A unique ID will be issued for each person.
  4. Approval will only be provided for the dates of travel specified.
  5. Persons should only apply to travel if absolutely essential. Applications for non-essential travel will be denied.
  6. Approval for travel by construction workers effective 15th September 2020 is considered essential travel under the following terms; “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”. Evidence of   written approval from Ministry of Infrastructure should be uploaded to the portal for review with any applications for travel.
  7. Electronic approvals should be presented at the time of travel.

For up to date information on Covid-19, please visit the Ministry of Health’s.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #189

The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 15th September 2020:

the Turks & Caicos Islands has seen some change in its 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. One (1) case is a contact of a known confirmed case and the other is still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link.

Twenty-five (25) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to five hundred and fifty-seven (557). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI has fallen to eighty-seven (87). 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 fifty (650). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at fIVE (5).

Eleven (11) new test result has been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming two (2) indivIdual positive and nine (9) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand nine hundred and twenty-four (2924) test results, with two thousand two hundred and seventy-four (2274) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and fifty (650) 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 283. This includes: Confirmed cases (87), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (196) – 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.

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 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.