COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos Islands
The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 4th June, 2020:
Over the past 24hrs, the Turks and Caicos has seen minimal change in its covid-19 position. The country continues to record no new positive or suspected cases. However, The Ministry of Health would like to remind the public to continue following the health advice and guidelines from the Ministry especially as we progress with phased reopening.
The number of persons in quarantine/observation has slightly decreased to 43. This includes: travellers (42) and a contact (1) – thirty-one (31) of the travellers are currently being quarantined at a non-medical facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition.
Six (6) test results have been received, confirming individuals were negative for covid-19. Local testing has been initiated and would be conducted for persons in a range of categories, including those that may need to travel locally to other islands, travel for treatment abroad and other reasons. These persons would not have been in quarantine. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of one hundred and eighty-seven (187) test results, with one hundred and seventy-five (175) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) 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.
Confirmed positive cases currently stand at twelve (12); with the total number of recoveries from covid-19 at ten (10), and the TCI continues to record one covid-19 death.
There continues to be no new suspected cases of covid-19.
The change in quarantine/observation numbers is as a result of test results received confirming an individual was negative for covid-19. To date, a total of 683 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.
PERSONS ARE ALSO REMINDED of offenses committed under section 34 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (no.4) (AMENDMENT) (NO.5) 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 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: COVID19@gov.tc; 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.