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Additional TCI Hospital employees test positive for COVID-19

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#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.

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Sugar and salt tax campaigns gaining steam 

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By Dana Malcolm

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February 7, 2023 – A global battle on sugar and salt is ramping up as the United States joins The Bahamas and Barbados in creating proposals for historic sugar and salt laws.

The country’s Agricultural Department for the first time in history, proposed a cap on the amount of sugar to be allowed in school meals.

The World Health Organization has found that North America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of childhood diabetes in the world and based on the International Diabetes Federation’s Diabetes Atlas we also have the second highest prevalence of Diabetes overall for all global regions at 14 percent  or 51 million people with a projected 24 percent increase in just 22 years.

Barbados, the United States, Canada, Haiti, Mexico, Belize and St. Kitts and Nevis are all suffering from incredibly high rates of diabetes.

Barbados and The Bahamas announced sugar taxes last month; the hope is to reduce the importation and sale of sugar and salt rich foods.

Advocates across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad, and others have been campaigning for sugar taxes in their own countries with support from the public.

Now the proposed nutritional rules for the United States would set firm boundaries on how much salt and sugar can legally be added to meals, setting a new standard as most food imports for countries like The Bahamas are from the US.

The plan for the US is expected to be rolled out by 2025.

The rules, are unapologetically an attempt to cut down incidences of diabetes and other diseases fueled by unhealthy diets, according to media reports.

For now, the quantities on sugar and salt additives is an idea waiting wider consultation.

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TCI Office in Bahamas identified 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – An office space has already been identified for an all-new TCI Immigration office in The Bahamas according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services.

Musgrove told Magnetic Media that the ministry was “almost there” in regard to securing the space; it indicates the Government is moving full speed ahead with plans for the passing of the new Immigration Bill which will allow third-generation TC Islanders citizenship, even as the public awaits consultations on it.

The announcement of the bill had caused some skepticism among islanders, some of whom wanted the government to focus on keeping TC Islanders at home instead of recruiting others.  Musgrove however had made it clear that the TCI was in a population crisis and would need to slow down PRC naturalisation rates and naturalise people with historical, familial and cultural connections to the land or risk going ‘extinct’.

The office will work to deepen the relationship between the two sister countries even more and help increase the TCI’s population offsetting the need for masses of external labour according to the government.

When passed, the rule will apply to third-generation islanders everywhere, not only in The Bahamas giving them a free ticket to come home.

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The Shore Club makes Travel + Leisure 

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 7, 2023 – The Shore Club is the perfect place to escape the cold with your family according to well-known travel magazine, Travel + Leisure at least.  The Turks and Caicos resort was featured in the worldwide magazine’s January feature last month.

“It’s hard to overstate the grandness of our accommodations,” travel writer Hannah Selinger gushed as she described the luxurious Shore Club experience that retails for around $750 per night.

The resort owned by Stan Hartling, 2021 TCI Humanitarian of the Year, was lauded for its use of local materials including coral harvested in Long Bay on which the property resides.  The writer was particularly impressed with the expansive space and multiple amenities at the resort which even when significantly booked “never feels even remotely full”.

She described the food and the entirety of her experience as ‘extremely satisfying’.

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