Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Update #64

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH’S COVID-19 UPDATE #64

BEGINS

The Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 13th May, 2020:

THE TURKS AND CAICOS HAS SEEN MINIMAL CHANGE IN ITS COVID-19 POSITION OER THE PAST 24hrs.

NO NEW CONFIRMED CASES HAVE BEEN RECORDED. CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES CURRENTLY STAND AT TWELVE (12); WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RECOVERIES FROM COVID-19 AT TEN (10). THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO ACTIVE CASES; THE TCI CONTINUES TO RECORD ONE COVID-19 DEATH.

NO NEW SUSPECTED CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THE NUMBER OF SUSPECTED CASES OF COVID-19 REMAIN AT six (6). THE SUSPECTED CASES ARE TCI RESIDENTS EXPERIENCING RELEVANT SYMPTOMS WITHOUT A HISTORY OF CONTACT WITH CONFIRMED CASES. NO SUSPECTED CASES ARE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED; ONE SUSPECTED CASE PASSED AWAY. CONTACT TRACING CONTINUES.

The current suspected cases met the WHO case definition for a suspected case of COVID-19. Samples have been collected and sent for testing.

THE QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION HAS INCREASED TO 54. This includes: suspected cases (5), relatives/contacts of suspected cases (24), symptomatic persons not meeting the case definition and their contacts (9), and travellers (16). Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition for COVID-19.

THE INCREASE IN QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION NUMBERS IS DUE TO CONTACT TRACING AND ONE TRAVELLER BEING ADDED TO QUARANTINE/OBSERVATION STATUS. TO DATE, A TOTAL OF 577 individuals have been released from quarantine/observation status.

NO NEW POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE RESULTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SINCE THE PREVIOUS UPDATE. To date, the TCI has received a total of one hundred and thirteen (113) test results, with one hundred and one (101) confirmed to be negative and twelve (12) 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 Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind the public of offenses committed under section 27 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (nO.4) 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: 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.

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