#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2021 – Three more are dead and the TCI Hospitals and the Ministry of Health say they are due to Covid-19.
Two media statements issued overnight gave the most grim update since the pandemic reached these shores; three people losing their lives within a 24-hour period were later diagnosed with the coronavirus.
There are currently 394 active cases of Covid-19 and 89 new infections have been recorded in the past 48-hours, including nine new infections within the tiny island community of Middle Caicos.
On Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Health said: “Today, Wednesday 10th February 2021, the Ministry of Health reports its tenth Covid-19 related death. The death occurred in Providenciales. Efforts are underway to notify the next of kin and contact tracing is ongoing.
The thoughts and prayers of the Ministry of Health are with the family and friends of this individual.”
By nightfall, there was another report from the TCI Hospitals.
“Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is saddened to announce the country’s eleventh and twelfth COVID-19 related deaths.
A middle-aged patient was transported to the Emergency Department at Cockburn Town Medical Centre via ambulance in critical condition. Efforts to revive the patient were unsuccessful and the patient passed away on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. The patient was later confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 disease.
Another patient with known confirmed COVID-19 disease later passed away on the same day at the Cockburn Town Medical Centre. The elderly patient was admitted to the hospital and in a critical state. The patients’ medical condition worsened and efforts to revive the patient were unsuccessful. The next of kins have been formally notified and supported.
These unfortunate and consecutive events also follow the TCI Government announcement of the country’s tenth COVID-19 related death earlier today.”
Deaths ten, eleven and twelve recorded in a one-day span underscore the announcement by the National Epidemiologist, that the situation was critical and an explosive worsening was anticipated.
While there are 17 recoveries, the most recent situation report informs there was a reinfection of Covid 19; 27 new cases logged in Providenciales; seven new cases in North Caicos and three new patients in Grand Turk.
Thirteen people are in hospital.
There were 97 tests performed; 51 returned negatives for Covid-19.
Overall, Turks and Caicos is now fast approaching 1,800 cases of the virus, with some 15,468 tests having been performed.
Important to bear in mind, is the procedure for anyone experiencing symptoms akin to those outlined for Covid-19.
“If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, please stay at home and contact the Ministry of Health Hotlines on 232 9444 or 333 0911. Please do not visit health care facilities if you have symptoms or signs of COVID-19. If your symptoms are severe, please call 911. Consult with your health care provider regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.”