#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2021 – Less than one percent of the people tested for COVID-19 in the past week in Turks and Caicos were positive for the virus.
The Ministry of Health continues to provide daily updates and in reviewing dashboards from last Friday, we learn there were 303 PCR tests were performed and two people were positive; one in South Caicos, taking that island to two individuals with the virus and the other in Providenciales, where there are four people on record with Covid-19.
Nationally, on record there are six active cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In the past two days, there have been no positives out of 133 tests performed at the Natl Public Health Laboratory. It is also a dramatic shift from a few months ago when the hospital was at 150 per cent capacity. Now there are two hospitalisations due to Covid-19.
Despite, TCI remains – unfortunately and some say, unfairly – at CDC Level 4 Travel Alert; which means high risk for COVID despite the improvements.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
New Healthy Sail rules to ensure transparency and safety kick in, but not all Cruise Lines are on board
By Dana Malcolm
January 20, 2022 – The US Centers for Disease Control Cruise Sailing Order expired on Saturday January 15th and it means cruise lines will now be able to choose whether or not they want to participate. This “Healthy Sail” program is a set of guidelines for cruising which the CDC says will provide transparency about COVID management on ships.
Cruise lines which chose to participate in the “healthy sail” voluntary program will be subject to CDC guidelines. Cruise lines which opt out of the program will still have to adhere to masking mandates and report all COVID cases.
However, the ships opting out of the CDC Healthy Sail program, will not be required to make public their testing regimes for crew and passengers.
“There will be a lot of unknowns about what risk mitigation measures are being used on board because they will really be able to set their own protocols for testing of passengers and crew,” said Aimee Treffiletti, CDC representative to USA Today.
Naturally, this raises several questions about whether these ships will be required to make onboard protocols and findings public to ports of call.
Up to Monday, Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines had opted into the program. Noticeably absent from the roll call: Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Crime1 week ago
Helicopter Help, Officers on the Ground, Police report a significant arrest of TWO CUTLESS CARRYING MEN
News4 days ago
Frontier Airlines bails on Orlando to PLS connection; gone too soon
Health1 week ago
COVID surge causes local Airport delays too
Crime4 days ago
Crime Wave just as bad as COVID wave, Residents demanding action
News3 days ago
KB Home Center fined $6,000 for Hiring Haitians illegally
Bahamas News5 days ago
MP’s Graduate with Parliamentary Governance Certificates
Crime1 week ago
Woman, Grand Turk Restaurant Manager is first murder of 2022
Education1 week ago
Education Minister announces Platinum Partnerships for internet and tablet program amidst COVID surge