LIVE TRACKING: Worldwide COVID-19 Cases
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New Update: Wednesday 18th March 2020
TCI: Caicos Express Airways Heightens Sanitary Measures; Flexible Ticketing Helps Travelers By
#Caicos Express Airways Statement (March 18, 2020) – Caicos Express Airways would like to inform its customers and the traveling public that every measure to ensure air transport with the Turks and Caicos based airline, continues to be a professional, affordable, flexible and safe experience in the wake of the global pandemic, COVID-19.
We are pleased to announce that two of our three destinations continue to report zero cases of the coronavirus, which keeps risks low for travel with Caicos Express Airways. Several important measures have been added to our regular routine of keeping our aircraft spotless and service of a world-class standard. Caicos Express Airways is currently:
- Disinfecting each aircraft following every flight, this means the use of recommended disinfectant sprays like Lysol
- Using disinfectant on all seats, seat belt straps and buckles, window panes, doors, handles and any area within our cabin and at our counters where it is likely hands would have made contact with a surface.
- The staff has been successfully trained to comply with new requests by Health Departments of the various destinations which are served by Caicos Express Airways.
- Staff at our ticket counters; at check-in stations; our cargo and baggage handlers; as well as our pilots and flight crew, are using requisite hand sanitizers following service of every customer and following each flight.
- Staff members are advised and have been complying with heightened requirements to remain at home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Caicos Express Airways is pleased with the level of precautions being exercised by all destinations we service. We are thankful for the Health Officials of each country – Turks and Caicos, Haiti and the Dominican Republic – where we have observed health protocols to ensure the safety of travelers and flight crews. Our airline continues to offer customers the most flexibility when it comes to traveling, including:
- Tickets which are valid for one year from date of purchase
- No charge on travel changes
Given the crisis people around the world are facing as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that travel cancellation is a real possibility and may result in changes to our airline schedule. You can count on Caicos Express Airways to inform of any and all flight changes, and you are encouraged to follow us on Facebook at Caicos Express Airways; which is updated regularly.
We reiterate the message of Health Officials, which is proven to stop the spread of COVID-19; that is:
- Vigorous handwashing, at least 20-minutes, with soap and water or
- Use of hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content
- Avoid touching your face, surfaces, and others
- Practice social distancing; ie, space of three to three and a half feet between you and another individual
- If you cough or sneeze; do it in your sleeve or on a tissue which you dispose of immediately and then wash your hands
- Avoid traveling if experiencing flu-like symptoms
Caicos Express Airways also takes this opportunity to remind the traveling public that ticket payments can and should, at this time, be made online. Our portal has proven safe, reliable and efficient. Visit www.CaicosExpress.com. Let us work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stay with Caicos Express Airways for safe travels.
RTCIPF - Finalizes Coronavirus Contingency Plans
In keeping with TCIG’s guidelines through the Ministry of Health, The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have established a COVID 19 Gold Group that includes The Force Executive and Heads of Departments. The Group, chaired by the Commissioner of Police recently met on Monday, March 16th, 2020 to review policies and to implement certain precautionary measures in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting said, “While we continue to finalize our plans to continue to meet public safety needs in light of COVID 19, as it stands now, it is business as usual for the RTCIPF. We are preparing for the worst-case scenario- in the event, a significant number of Officers contracts the virus and staffing levels are affected. But nothing is really changing for the public. We will continue to keep the public informed with relevant information on any new policy changes in this regard. I would like to thank the public in advance for their patience and understanding.”
The COVID 19 Gold Group will continue to meet on a weekly basis in an effort to provide the highest standard of service to the Public. We want to remind the public to continue to follow all guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.
New Update: Tuesday 17th March 2020
The Premier and Minister for Finance, Investment, and Trade Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson brought updates to the Nation on possible COVID-19 impact on all sectors. During this press conference, Premier Robinson announced that schools will close effective Friday, 20 March 2020 until Monday, 20th April 2020. All Government-sponsored and hosted events will be canceled to avoid large public gatherings; hence, preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. This includes the weekly Fish Fry and the Inter Primary Track and Field Championships.
The Ministry of Finance has completed a fiscal risk mitigation strategy specifically to address the inevitable impact on government receipts and the increased healthcare bill which will include:
• Utilization of the Contingency Fund for urgent and unforeseen expenditure
• National Wealth Fund
• Recurrent Expenditure controls,
• Reprioritization of the Capital Expenditure
• Use of withdrawal warrants
• Liquid Cash Reserves – arising from our cash flow
The new Budget will reflect recommendations from the Ministry of Finance to given to Cabinet and included in this year’s estimates is a Stimulus Package to support those affected by the economic downturn. Updates will be given via Facebook Live on Mondays at 1 pm on the Office of the Premier Official Facebook Page. The General Public will also be given the opportunity to ask the experts within the Public and Environmental Health Team questions related to COVID-19 on Fridays at 1 pm via the Office of the Premier Official Facebook Page.
Regular daily updates will be disseminated from the Ministry of Health. The Premier calls on the country to participate in a National Day of Prayer, the date of which will be announced in the next few days. The public is urged to limit all non-essential travel, continue to practice good hygiene and proper hand-washing techniques and keep a safe social distance.
PRESS RELEASE-Inter Primary School Championships Postponed
As a result of the global concern in relation to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Sports has decided that postponing the Inter Primary School Track and Field Championships would be in the best interest of our young athletes, sports personnel and fans. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands and at present no evidence of transmission in the Turks and Caicos, the Department of Sports believes that taking measures to minimize the risk to our student-athletes, sports personnel, and fans are paramount.
The Department of Sports will continue to monitor the COVID 19 pandemic through the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports, and Human Services and provide relevant updates. More information will be circulated in the coming weeks
Notice: May 2020 Sitting Of The Court Of Appeal PostPoned
Amidst the global COVID-19 outbreak and as a precautionary measure to protect the health and safety of our Judicial Officers, court support staff and court users, the Judicial Administration wishes to advise that May 2020 sitting of the Court of Appeal has been postponed. All matters that were adjourned to or that are listed for hearing in the May sitting of the Court of Appeal will be listed for hearing in the September sitting, which is scheduled to take place from 7th – 25th September 2020. Adjourned Notices with new dates of hearing in September 2020 will be sent to all parties whose matters have been affected.
New Update: Monday 16th March 2020
All Schools Closed
Please be advised that on the instructions of the Cabinet, all schools including nurseries are to close with effect from the afternoon of Friday, 20th March 2020 and reopen on Monday, 20th April 2020. The decision to reopen will remain under review during the four-week period and will be updated as required.
In light of this, you are asked to finalize plans to continue the delivery of the curricula using the various means available to you. Principals of schools who have not yet shared your business continuity plan or plan of action are asked to ensure that you do so by Wednesday afternoon.
We are aware that some schools must confer with your School Board or Board of Governors. Please proceed to do this with immediate effect. In a Press Conference held on Sunday, 15th March, the Government advised that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The decision to close schools at this time is a precautionary measure and your usual support and cooperation are anticipated.
New Update: Ministry Of Health
The Ministry of Health, in its commitment to keeping the TCI public regularly, informed, and as announced by the government in its COVID-19 update on Sunday, 15 March 2020, will now be producing a daily update. 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 the island who has come from an infected country or may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases - and have not exhibited symptoms.
New Updates: Sunday 15th March 2020
There remain no confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, 15 March 2020. The Premier and Minister for Finance, Investment, and Trade will be hosting a press conference on Monday, 16 March 2020 to bring updates on economic impact as a result of Coronavirus COVID-19.
TCI HOSPITAL INTRODUCES VISITATION RESTRICTIONS
The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital takes the health and safety of our valued patients extremely seriously. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a comprehensive risk assessment of our current visiting hours was conducted.
The general public is hereby advised that visitation restrictions to the maternity and general wards will be enforced at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and Cockburn Town Medical Centre to reduce the risk and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), effective 8:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020.
The morning visitation period (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) has been suspended until further notice. In addition, chaplaincy services operated by religious persons and groups will no longer be accommodated until further notice. This restriction serves as a precautionary and protectionary measure to consider our vulnerable inpatient groups.
The following visitation periods will continue to be made available, however, only a single visitor per patient, per visitation period is permitted daily and an immediate family member is recommended.
· 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The above visitation periods may also be subject to further restrictions as information is gathered to inform ongoing risk assessments. Nursing staff and the attending physician will work with families who have special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. All visitors to the inpatient wards are kindly asked to report to the security main reception desk.
This standard will apply even if visitors are healthy and regardless of their age. In addition, any and all visitors, including family members, with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose and sore throat must not visit the wards. In accordance with public health announcements, persons are asked to contact their family physician and the TCIG Ministry of Health COVID-19 Emergency Hotlines to receive guidance.
The Ministry of Health emergency hotline numbers are +1-649-333-0911 and +1-649-232-9444. This process is established to minimize the risk of community spread and adverse effects on our health care facilities as a result of unintended patient and staff infectious exposure.
InterHealth Canada - Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital recognizes the importance of psychosocial support and interactions with relatives and friends during the healing process. We strongly encourage the utilization of communication mediums such as phone calls, videoconferences on cell phones or other mobile devices in the interim.
We will continue to monitor our visitation measures and make adjustments as needed in the interest of patient safety. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. In addition, to avoid unnecessary traffic through the emergency department, persons should only access the emergency department entrance if seeking services for an emergency complaint. Persons should access the main entrance for all other services. Hand sanitizer stations are located across medical centers including the main entrances, and persons are asked to wash or sanitize hands before, during and after accessing the facility.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please continue to monitor for any further announcements.
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
What is Covid19
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. (Source: World Health Organization)
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. (Source: World Health Organization.