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Seven COVID-19 quarantines in TCI; Two samples sent for testing

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#Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands — March 11, 2020 — The Ministry of Health wishes to provide the following Coronavirus- COVID-19 update as of Wednesday, 11 March 2020:

  • There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • There are currently 2 suspected cases whose samples have been sent for testing. Results are expected within a week.
  • The suspected cases have been quarantined in their residences and the recent travel history of both are being reviewed.                      
  • 6 persons are currently under quarantine in Providenciales: The suspected cases (2), relatives of a suspected case (2), persons travelling from a highly affected country—Italy (2). Relatives of a suspected case and the persons from Italy are all not exhibiting any symptoms but are being continuously monitored by the public health team.
  • 1 person is under self quarantine—a contact of one of the suspected cases. This person is also not displaying any symptoms.

The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared that COVID-19 novel Coronavirus is a pandemic – this announcement means that the spread of the infection has now reached global proportions. However, according to a statement issued by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, “Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do”. The Ministry of Health, supported by the wider TCIG, has already activated and aggressively scaled up protocols and response mechanisms to deal with the threat of COVID-19 and, as indicated by the WHO Director General, this declaration of a pandemic does not change those protocols at the moment. However, we would like to remind everyone that this situation should not be taken lightly and individuals MUST BE PREPARED. Like other countries, the TCI is focusing on four (4) key areas to fight this pandemic: (1) Prepare and be ready; (2) Detect, protect and treat; (3) Reduce transmission; (4) Innovate and learn. We will continue to communicate with the public regularly to ensure that the most relevant and updated information is available.

Some of the steps being taken to ensure that we are ready to fight this threat includes:

-Readying our hospitals,

-Refresher training for our health workers and other frontline staff to protect themselves,

-Engaging with communities so they understand the risks and how to protect themselves.

We must remind everyone that we are in this together, we can and must do the right things with calm preparedness to protect everyone. Please continue to follow and share advice and information from the Ministry of Health and other government agencies. We once again encourage the public to seek information from official sources; handwashing and other hygiene practices remain the most effective way of preventing the risk of spreading the virus.  Mitigating the impact of this virus is achievable – let’s be prepared and stay safe.

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website, www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus, 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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Shooting Incident

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

Around 10:59 am, the Police Control Room received a call of gunshots at a location along the Millennium Highway, Providenciales.

Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force were dispatched and, based on preliminary investigations, were told that the occupant (s) of a red Suzuki Swift was at a business place when another car pulled alongside it, and the occupants started shooting.

The driver of the Swift drove off while the other unidentified vehicle sped off in a separate direction. 

Officers found the Swift abandoned near Miracle Close, Blue Hills, shortly after.

Based on investigations, no injuries were reported.

This remains an active investigation.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information or CCTV footage of the shooting that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app.

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Twelve Officers Sworn In

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July 23rd, 2024.

 

 

There are twelve new officers within the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

The officers—Ronn James, Ernie Henry, Aron Charlery, Andrew Ottley, Emmanuel Dabreo, Damion Clarke, Jeffrey Kaye, Roan Waugh, Shan Livermore, Kemar Chambers, Michael Campbell, and Ajay Budhai—took an oath to protect and serve the citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands yesterday (July 22nd) afternoon at Police Headquarters, Providenciales.

Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin, who administered the officers’ oath, said, “Thank you for choosing the TCI. It will not be a bed of roses. Policing requires hard work, and you ensure our communities are safe. Your arrival was anticipated and highly overdue.

“You are now officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and you are committed to the safety of the people of these archipelagoes. We must lead by example and not let our guard down. Stand firm on the foundation of our motto- Service With Pride and Integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing in the absence of anyone watching.”

The President of the Christian Council, Pastor Wilbert Jennings, delivered the opening prayer and told officers to always call on God in their time of need.

Deputy Commissioner Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner Kendall Grant, acting Assistant Commissioner Mat Newton, Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor and Human Resources Manager Rex Swann also attended the ceremony.

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Male Charged with Theft and Handling Stolen Goods 

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July 23rd,2024.

 

A 23-year-old male from the Bight, Providenciales, has been charged with the theft of a boat.

CHANDELER JOSEPH is expected to appear before a Magistrate next week to answer the following charges:

  • Two Counts of Theft
  • Two Counts of Handling Stolen Goods

The charges against Mr. Joseph followed a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district on July 19th,2024.

Inquiries were conducted shortly after Mr Joseph was arrested and subsequently charged.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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