TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ROAD SAFETY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Ministry of Home Affairs Public Utilities and Transportation

Franklyn Missick Building ¨ Mission Folly

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

TELEPHONE: (649) 338-3511

 

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ROAD SAFETY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

On Tuesday August 4, 2020, Management in the Department of Road Safety received confirmation from the Ministry of Health that an employee of the Providenciales Office has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The employee is now under quarantine and the Ministry of Home Affairs, along with the department, are working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all protocols are being followed as it relates to contact tracing in order to identify and contact individuals who may have had close contact with the confirmed case.

 

As an immediate response, the Department of Road Safety in Providenciales will be closed to the public on Wednesday August 5th for the purposes of deep cleaning and sanitization. This is in keeping with the established guidelines of the Civil Service for the minimization and prevention of the spread of the virus within our offices and among employees and customers.

 

We wish to assure the public that the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Department of Road Safety, have and continue to, follow all health protocols for the protection of our staff and our clients.

The public will be further updated on the resumption of services in Providenciales on the completion of inspection by the Environmental Health Department, and following the sanitization of our offices.

 

Management apologizes for any inconvenience caused and thanks our customers for your understanding.

 

All other Road Safety offices remain open to the Public.

 

Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Utilities and Transportation
Turks and Caicos Islands Government

 

ENDS

 

 

ADVISORY #14 ON TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS

ADVISORY #14 ON TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS

 

TROPICAL CYCLONE 9 - CLOSURE OF TCIG OFFICES

NOTICE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR

 

TROPICAL CYCLONE 9 - CLOSURE OF TCIG OFFICES

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

As you are aware, the Department of Disaster Management & Emergencies has been monitoring the trajectory of Potential Tropical Cyclone (PTC #9). 

 

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Turks and Caicos Islands which means that severe weather conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.

 

The Turks and Caicos Government has activated its Disaster Management Plan which includes, but is not limited to the winding down of government services.

 

Kindly note that all government non-essential services will cease operations as of close of business on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020.  Staff are to ensure that all supplies and equipment are properly secured before closure in order to minimize loss and to reduce the potential down time after the storm.  Kindly ensure before leaving on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 that the following measures are taken:

 

  • All electrical equipment should be disconnected from power outlets, covered and elevated from the ground to prevent damages due to flooding;

 

  • All important documents should be stored in plastic bags.

 

  • All Government Property and Vehicles should be secured and returned to designated drop off locations.

 

Kindly note that as essential services are to remain in place throughout the storm, Permanent Secretaries are required to ensure that adequate coverage is in place. 

 

Separate announcements will be issued by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority and Ports Authority regarding the closure of air and sea ports, staff are to adhere to the timelines provided by those authorities.

 

Colleagues are reminded of Clause 2.8 Disasters - in the Public Service Handbook which states that based on skill, some staff may be called upon to provide support in the event of need throughout the Islands.

 

You are encouraged to remain alert and to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourselves and your families.  For further information and regular updates regarding Tropical Cyclone #9 please visit the following: DDME Website: www.gov.tc/ddme, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TCI.DDME, Twitter: @DDMETCI

 

Updates will be issued through the Turks and Caicos Government Press Office and Radio Turks and Caicos on the resumption of government services

 

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families all the best and remind all to continue to practice the wearing of mask and social distancing as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

May God Bless, Guide and Protect our beloved islands.

 

Best regards,

 

Deputy Governor

Anya Williams

Department of Library Service Virtual Read-a-Thon 2020

Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services

DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SERVICES                                                                    

Providenciales

Turks and Caicos Islands

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Department of Library Service virtual Read-a-Thon 2020

 

The Department of Library Services within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services will be hosting its first virtual Read-a-thon from August 10-14, 2020 under the theme “E-Book: the new Look” 

 

The format for the Competition has been adjusted due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the need to adhere to the various protocols issued by Ministry of Health. The goals of the Competition though remains the same, which is to promote the habit of reading, introduce children to a wide variety of reading materials and encourage them to develop a love for books.

 

The Competition is opened to students throughout Turks and Caicos between the ages of 6-14 years old across three sub age groups (6-8, 9-11 and 12-14). For the first time this year the titles to be read will only be available online on the EBSCO database to which the Ministry of Education maintains a subscription. Participants will be asked to select e-titles from the list that will be prepared and submit book reports on a designated form.

 

Registration begins July 29, 2020. For further information, contact the staff at the undermentioned Libraries.

 

Providenciales Public Library: 941-7646

Victoria Public Library: 946-2716

Kew Public Library: 946-7095

Bottle Creek Public Library: 946-7751

South Caicos Public Library: 242-3604

 

ENDS

 

Ministry of Health reports on breach in Travel Protocols

Press release

 

Ministry of Health reports on breach in Travel Protocols

 

On Wednesday 22nd July 2020, which marked the reopening of the TCI’s International and Regional Borders, the Ministry of Health staff responsible for Port Health and Surveillance at the Providenciales International Airport, through its rigorous screening process, identified two travelers with inadequate health documentation who were flagged for additional review.

 

These individuals were interviewed and swabbed as per Health Protocols before leaving the airport and the National Public Health Laboratory subsequently identified that one of the persons tested positive for COVID-19.

 

An investigation is ongoing into how this breach occurred to prevent further occurrences. The Public Health Team has commenced contact tracing.  Persons on flight AA1279 on July 22, 2020 are advised to self-monitor for symptoms or signs of COVID-19 for the next 14 days and to contact the Health Hotlines on (649) 232 9444 or (649) 333 0911 for further advice and guidance.

 

The Minister of Health, Hon. Edwin Astwood, added that he is pleased that the system in place works in identifying breaches in the testing requirements.  He is also pleased and proud with the success of his staff within the Ministry of Health having the ability to ensure that the individuals were swabbed and tested within a short period of time. 

The general and traveling public are reminded that The Turks And Caicos Islands Public And Environmental Health (Control Measures)(Covid-19)(Arriving Passengers Health Clearance) Regulations 2020 came into force on 22 July 2020 and stipulates the requirements for travelers wishing to enter the TCI. These regulations are designed to safeguard both residents and travelers by mitigating the risk of the importation of COVID-19 into the TCI through a number of measures inclusive of the requirement for a negative pre-arrival PCR COVID-19 tests taken no more than 5 days prior to departure to TCI.

 

Information required for travel should be uploaded to the travel portal 72 hours prior to travel and includes but is not limited to;

  • Contact information, including name, address, date of birth, nationality;
  • Passport number;
  • Type of transport;
  • Flight information, including date of travel, date of departure, airline, flight number;
  • Intended address(es) throughout their stay in the Islands;
  • Details of travel within the fourteen days before arrival in the Islands;
  • Declaration of health, including disclosure of symptoms, previous COVID-19 positive test results and close contact with known infected individuals;
  • Upload approved documentary evidence of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR COVID-19) test from an accredited laboratory, as provided in regulation 5 undertaken no more than five days prior to travel to the Islands; and
  • Upload proof of health or travel insurance cover, as provided in regulation 6; and
  • Obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorisation
  • Every person arriving in the Islands shall produce a copy of his TCI Assured Travel Authorisation (printed or electronic) and the original copy of the negative PCR COVID-19 test result to an immigration officer and a health officer at the port of entry
  • Every person arriving in the Islands shall complete and submit to a health officer at the port of entry, a health screening questionnaire for COVID-19.
  • A visitor who fails to produce a TCI Assured Travel Authorisation may be refused leave to enter the Islands by an immigration
  • A visitor or resident who fails to produce the TCI Assured Travel Authorisation as required under subregulation (2), shall be subject to a fine of $3,000 by the Director of Immigration.
  • The fine under subregulation (5) shall be payable to the Government.

 

Persons are reminded to comply with the requirements or be subject to the penalties as outlined above.

 

For additional information, please visit the Tourist Boards website at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/.

 

ENDS

Turks & Caicos Government

Office of the Governor

Office of the Deputy Governor

Contact

COVID-19 UPDATE