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TCI sees near double of COVID-19 cases in One Week

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – August 13, 2020 — Cases of the novel coronavirus have nearly doubled in the Turks and Caicos in seven days and officials last week confirmed at least two work site outbreaks are largely responsible for the 86% leap in positives.

On August 5, the TCI stood at 129 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  On August 12, the country learned of 17 new positive diagnoses which bring the national total to 241.

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The report from Ministry of Health explained: Eleven cases are contacts of known confirmed cases and six cases with no clear epidemiological link.

The Turks and Caicos government has rolled back on some measures already; nightly curfews are in effect for Providenciales, North Caicos and Parrot Cay and public gatherings are yet again down-sized.

Residents have been expressive about their apprehension and a litany of suggestions are flowing freely through social media posts and shows and via letters to the editor or opinion pieces.

The Ministry of Health has informed that in some interviews, individuals positive for the coronavirus are with-holding information in the contact tracing process and up to Friday, at least four children were among the new positive cases of COVID-19.  Two 17-year olds and two six-year olds.

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The country learned that a baby, in the Turks and Caicos has also tested positive for the virus.

A week ago, active cases were 87.  Today there are 192 active cases.

A week ago, quarantines were 210.  Today, that number has more than doubled at 464.

Nine people remain in a non-medical quarantine facility.

Forty-seven tests were completed in the latest report; 17 of which were positive.

A week ago, the country had charted 1,252 tests; today testing has eclipsed 1,500.

The report states:  “To date, the TCI has recorded a total of one thousand five hundred and sixty-seven test results,(1567) with one thousand three hundred and twenty-six (1326) confirmed to be negative…”

Heartening is information there are no new deaths, that only two hospitalisations have been necessary and the fact that recoveries a week ago were at 39; today, 46 individuals have been cleared as free of COVID-19.

Hospitalisations are up, however; a week ago one person was in hospital as a result of COVID-19.

A ‘Covid-Free’ diagnosis is given after a patient returns two negatives for the virus, said Dr. Nadia Astwood, TCI’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

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FortisTCI has requested the appointment of an independent inquirer to examine the reasonableness of the Company’s submission for revised electric rates

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FortisTCI has requested the appointment of an independent inquirer to examine the reasonableness of the Company’s submission for revised electric rates. The request was submitted to Her Excellency the Governor today. The Company’s submission proposed a 6% rate increase across service territories.
The appointment of an inquirer forms part of the rate review process outlined in the Electricity Ordinance. Interested persons can make representation during the inquiry. Once completed, the inquirer provides a report to FortisTCI as the public supplier and to Her Excellency the Governor with its recommendations.

The Company’s proposal for revised electric rates was submitted to the Governor on February 14, 2024, and was supported by substantial information. As part of the rate review process, Her Excellency, the Governor, requested additional information through the Energy and Utilities Commissioner, and the Company met all additional requests.

FortisTCI understands the difficulties that customers can face with electricity bills. For this reason, the Company works hard to ensure that electric rates have remained as stable as possible. The Company invests responsibly and maintains an efficient operation, providing customers with one of the most reliable electricity services in the Caribbean.

FortisTCI maintains that revised electric rates are necessary at this time to expand the electricity system and maintain reliable service to customers, amid rising energy demand as the Turks and Caicos Islands economy continues to grow. Like other businesses, external pressures such as persistent high inflation and high interest costs have also impacted the operation. These are the primary reasons for the electric rates review.

Before the current submission of revised rates, FortisTCI had requested one general rate review in twenty years. This was to help recover significant investments made after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The rate increase was granted after the appointment of an Inquirer, who determined that the Company’s request was necessary and reasonable. The inquirer’s report also highlighted that FortisTCI had prudently managed its costs and operation.

Similarly, the Company welcomes an open and independent examination of its current request for revised electric rates. FortisTCI will hold information meetings across the islands to discuss its proposed revised rates, providing customers with opportunities to have their questions answered. The schedule of meetings will be published on the Company’s social media pages.

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13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023

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#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.

 

CONTACT: Desmond Williams, desmond@winecellar.tc, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Swearing-In Ceremony, six added to TCI Police Force

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Six police constables were today sworn into the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.

Four experienced officers- Germaine Scott, Sandenia Francis, Tyrone Cox and Blake Hooker, along with Special Constables Rashaunda Cooke and Raymond Clare took their oaths during a brief ceremony at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The officers pledged to uphold justice, protect the community, and diligently serve their duties with pride and integrity.

Commissioner of Police (ag) Christopher Eyre addressed the constables, applauding the efforts of those currently serving and indicating that they are now part of dealing with the challenges facing the Turks and Caicos Islands, particularly that of illegal migration.

Mr Eyre said: “In this region, we face the humanitarian tragedy affecting Haiti, and our hearts go out to those affected on that island. Unfortunately, due to the collapse of Haiti’s government, we have seen the prisons being overrun and over 5000 prisoners escaping.

“We also face challenges from illegal migration to our shores. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr. Rodney Adams and I have been working feverishly to coordinate with other law enforcement colleagues to secure the TCI borders.

“I am proud of this Force and how we have stepped up to the challenges. I look forward to seeing you and also seeing you excel as part of the team”.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams, Assistant Commissioner of Police Kendall Grant, Human Resource Officer Sgt. Tashauna Wilson, and Chairman of the Police Welfare Association Sgt. Jepson Victor were also at the swearing-in.

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