The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Ministry of Health is announcing that within the last 24 hours ending at 12am on May 31st, the Turks & Caicos Islands recorded no new COVID-19 cases.
As a result, the number of active confirmed cases in the TCI remains at 12. The Ministry of Health is also reporting that there were no new recoveries recorded, allowing the total number of recoveries to remain at 2,381.
The Ministry of Health is also revealing that hospitalizations from COVID-19 remains two. To date, the total confirmed COVID-19 positive cases stand at 2,417. The ministry is also reporting that there were no new COVID-19 related deaths over the period. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths stands at 17.
In the meantime, the ministry revealed that eight new PCR tests were recorded over the period, by the National Public Health Laboratory.
“The public health team continues to implement aggressive contact tracing and control measures in relation to all active cases,” the Ministry of Health said in a news release.
In the meantime, that health authority revealed that the TCI has recorded a total of 22,183 PCR tests results, with 19,766 confirmed to be negative and 2,417 confirmed as positive. In addition, the ministry said 980 new Antigen tests have been recorded, bringing the total number of Antigen tests to 88,173.
“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.
“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,” the ministry said.
The Ministry continues:
“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.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is urging the general public to continue to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by:
· Washing our hands for 20secs or more;
· Wearing of masks required in public;
· Practicing social distancing;
· Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies;
· Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of);
· Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks;
· Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions;
· Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19;
For more information, 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.