#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – January 6th, 2021: An additional eight (8) hospital employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of confirmed employees affected at the health facility is currently ten (10).
Seven (7) of the employees are based at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre in Grand Turk, and three (3) employees are based at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre in Providenciales with recent connections to contacts in Grand Turk. All of the employees are under quarantine, asymptomatic and in good spirits.
The health care worker COVID-19 screening continues, and contact tracing efforts are underway in partnership with the TCI Government Public Health Team.
Several new precautionary measures have been implemented across both medical centres to further mitigate against the spread of the virus. This includes the temporary suspension of staff rotations and work-related travel across both islands and medical centres, except in cases of emergency.
Unfortunately, the latest case developments have now impacted on some routine services. Wound care services at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre – Outpatient Department have been suspended until Friday, January 8th, 2020. Patients in need of this service should visit the Emergency Department during this period.
Our management team is currently monitoring the local COVID-19 trends and the number of active cases. In-person clinic consultations are under review with a possible increase in the number of telemedicine clinics, where appropriate, to safeguard our patients and essential health care workers.
The hospital continues to enforce robust environmental cleaning measures and a mandatory face mask requirement. Patients are reminded to comply with all COVID-19 measures within the hospital.
Please cancel your appointment if you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and call the COVID-19 hotline to reduce the risk of any accidental transmission of the virus to others.