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Curfew from 8.00PM to 6.00AM. Travel document required to move around. Ban on alcohol

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – The Hon. Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center Silveria Jacobs on Sunday evening March 29 addressed the nation with respect to the latest developments and Government’s COVID-19 preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response measures.

Her address is as follows:

Travel Document Requires to Move Around

In a meeting of the EOC held today, March 29, 2020, on increasing measures to ensure the safety and security of the population in this COVID-19 period, I have made several decisions in relation to the movement of persons in and around St. Maarten and increased controls in movement across the border in collaboration with our French counterparts.

I hereby inform you that the Government of St. Maarten will be increasing its restrictions as per article 1 of the General Police Ordinance, which allows for special measures in extraordinary circumstances. This regulation will restrict movement and authorize the police to enforce the request I made to our people on Friday, March 27, to STAY AT HOME, and to practice extreme social distancing when necessary to be out for essential services.

This regulation will require our citizens to carry a document on them, signed by their employer, declaring the need for them to travel to work, or one which describes which essential service they are traveling to or for. This document will be available for download by the citizens of St. Maarten on Government’s website www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus as of Monday.

Joint Border Controls to Continue

Also, in collaboration with our French counterparts, the Prefet Sylvie Feucher, the gendarmes, and our police department, will continue to patrol the borders in order to restrict any non-essential movement across borders as well. This is in an effort to reduce the possibility of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As such, all residents of St. Maarten/St. Martin needing to cross the border will only be able to do so for either work purposes or health purposes and will be required to carry a new document that will be available on both Government’s website for download.

Our St. Maarten residents will continue to give/receive essential services. However, Government services will be by appointment only.

Licensed Restaurants/Street Vendors Banned from Selling Alcohol

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, all licensed restaurants including street vendors will only be able to sell/deliver food. It is strictly forbidden to sell alcoholic beverages at these establishments. This is in order to minimize the chance of persons gathering at these establishments in a social atmosphere where proper social distancing of 1,5 – 2 meters is observed. The business closures at 6:00 PM each day and business closures on Sundays will remain in effect.

Curfew from 8.00PM to 6.00AM

Additionally, as of Monday, March 30, 2020, a curfew will be implemented at 8:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following morning to allow for the majority of workers to get home in time. This curfew is implemented in order to restrict movement except for emergencies during these hours and has been added in order to ensure that no unnecessary movement occurs during the established business closure times.

Persons traveling to essential work, before and after the established curfew (6:00 AM and after 8:00 PM) will be exempted from this measure. For example, those persons working night shifts and early morning shifts, including security guards, nurses, radio hosts, etc.

The Ministerial Regulation signed by the Minister of Justice will be published on Monday and will be enforced by our men and women in blue, in collaboration with our French counterparts. Again, I want to remind you that these restrictions are put in place in order to protect you in these COVID-19 times.

Military Assistance

Requests for military assistance in advance of a major outbreak are still being processed by the Dutch government. Other requests for financial and other assistance for medical equipment and personnel are also still not forthcoming, therefore we ask the general public to continue to comply with the measures put in place to avoid further spread of the virus on our tiny island. We have had no new confirmations of COVID 19 cases and our 2 hospitalized and 4 isolated patients remain in stable or good condition.

Government-Controlled Quarantine/Isolation Facility

We are finalizing the negotiations to establish a government-controlled quarantine/isolation facility in order to minimize the movement of quarantined and isolated persons, specifically those who may be taking chances and venturing out in public.

As I conclude my address, I ask for something very simple. Save a life by staying at home. Stay at home because you matter! I pray that you are listening carefully to what I’m saying. You matter! We are resilient and hopeful people AND we will get through this period. The Emergency Operations Center ESF coordinators are all working in the best interest of you and your families.

Follow our Government Radio station – 107.9FM for official information, statements, and news updates or visit the Government website at www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus and our Facebook Page: Government of Sint Maarten.

God bless you; the people of St. Maarten and God bless St. Maarten as we all work together to keep her safe from the spread of this COVID-19 virus.

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61-year old dies in Saint-Martin of COVID-19. Confirmed cases climb to 18

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - The Prefecture of Saint-Barths and Saint Martin, the director-general of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Maarten and the management of the Louis Constant Fleming hospital, announced on Sunday afternoon the first death in Saint-Martin in connection with the coronavirus epidemic.  The number of COVID-19 cases on French Saint-Martin have also increased by four (4) to 18; hospitalization has increased to nine (9) or +2.

One week after a public road accident, a 61-year-old Saint-Martin resident patient was having breathing distress at his home on March 25, 2020 He was taken care of and moved to the hospital emergency at Louis Constant Fleming hospital with respect to the protection of health and health personnel in the context of suspected COVID-19, the statement from the Prefecture said.

Additional tests have revealed a complicated comorbidity around the consequences of the trauma. He sadly passed away despite the care on March 26, 2020 in the morning. The result of the of diagnosis test came back positive on March 27, 2020.

Death is multifactorial but the COVID-19 infection was most likely a defining factor. The investigation around this case is being carried out by Public Health France to identify contact cases.

The Prefecture is calling on the people of French Saint-Martin to more than ever, stay at home, only go out in case of absolute necessity, respect the measures that have been put in place by the authorities!

The Prefecture says they continue to call for solidarity from everyone in order to apply and respect national instructions.

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Governor Holiday tells new Government there is a United Sense of Urgency

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) – On Saturday morning March 28, His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday gave the oath of office to the new ministers representing the National Alliance (NA) and United People’s (UP) party coalition government.

The new Council of Ministers comprises of the following members along with their portfolio:

Silveria Jacobs, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs;

Anna Richardson, Minister of Justice;

Ardwell Irion, Minister of Finance;

Rodolphe Samuel, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports;

Egbert Doran, Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure;

Ludmila de Weever, Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication;

Richard Panneflek, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour; and

Rene Violenus, Minister Plenipotentiary.

The Governor’s speech is as follows:

Prime-Minister, Ministers, Good Morning,

On January 9, 2020, the people of Sint Maarten went to the polls and elected a new group of parliamentarians. In doing so creating the basis for the formation of a new government.

On January 16, 2020, based on the results of the elections, I named Ms. Silveria Jacobs as formateur to form a new government. This following the information received during the consultations and considering the governing accord signed by the NA and UPP representing a majority in Parliament.

The formateur, initiated the screening process for candidates on January 27, 2020, based on the regulations regulating the pre-screening of candidates before nomination. The screening was completed on March 17, 2020. And on March 26 having addressed the outcome of the screening, formateur Jacobs presented me with the candidate-ministers and candidate minister-plenipotentiary supported by a majority in Parliament for appointment and swearing-in.

To all who gave their input to the formation process I hereby, also on behalf of the people of Sint Maarten, express my appreciation. And in particular, I wish to thank Ms. Silveria Jacobs for her work as formateur.

Prime Minister, Ministers,

Today, just over 10 weeks, since the January 9, 2020, election a lot has changed. The peoples of the world and of our island are facing an extraordinary global human and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis comes amidst the economic recovery and budgetary challenges we are facing due to the impact from hurricane Irma and amidst the risk of our country being blacklisted by the FATF, to name a few.

This crisis requires a public health and socio-economic policy response that exceeds the available resources of our country. This however does not mean that we cannot and will not build the resilience to overcome this challenge, on the contrary.

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us again, and now more than ever, that we are interconnected, across continents, across countries, across our Kingdom and across and within our borders. We are reminded that each of us is responsible for the wellbeing of our brother and our neighbor. We are reminded that the people of this island are in this together. And as a people we are called upon to follow regulations and to act socially responsible to protect each other and the most vulnerable among us. We must stand in solidarity with the residents of our island during these trying times. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude to our committed men and women on the front line of this crises and, in particular, to our health care professionals for their devoted service.  

Prime Minister, ministers,

You are as such assuming office under extraordinary circumstances. I therefore hereby encourage you to take up your mandate with a united sense of urgency, one anchored on the principles of solidarity, consultation and cooperation with our people, with our health sector, with our businesses and with our partners in the north, in the region and in the Kingdom. This will provide and foster the support necessary to effectively contain the disease, limit its socio-economic consequences and ultimately secure the wellbeing of our people.

Considering the magnitude of the challenges, it is imperative that government continues to work to secure the confidence necessary to raise the required funds to cushion our economy. Essential priorities in this regard are:

  1. continued coordinated public health measures to contain the virus;
  2. the overdue approval of the penal procedure code to address the risks of a FATF blacklisting;
  3. the approval of the 2020 budget as part of government’s commitment to sound budgetary and financial management practices; and
  4. the role out of a comprehensive socio-economic recovery plan.  

And by doing so offer the support our people and businesses need for an effective socio-economic recovery.

Prime Minister, Ministers,

As you assume your mandate to govern our country in these exceptional circumstances, I trust that you, in keeping with your oath, will work in solidarity, consultation and cooperation with our people, with our health sector, with our businesses and with our partners and thus overcome our challenges to safeguard the wellbeing of our people.

In that regard, there rests on you, individually as Ministers, and jointly as Council of Ministers a great responsibility. Your decisions will have lasting influences on the lives of the people of Sint Maarten. Thus, as you deliberate on taking action on the matters before you during your governing period, I wish you wisdom, individually and jointly, in the conduct of your responsibilities as you seek to meet your constitutional responsibility to the people of Sint Maarten.

With that in mind, I hereby congratulate the people of Sint Maarten with the installation of this new government and similarly congratulate each of you, even though I cannot shake your hands, with your appointments as Prime-Minister, Ministers, and Minister Plenipotentiary.

Thank you, God bless you and May God Bless Sint Maarten and protect its coast.

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Prime Minister Jacobs meets with public health officials as COVID-19 confirmed cases climbs to six

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) – On Saturday evening March 28, the Hon. Prime Minister and Chair of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Silveria Jacobs made a national address to the nation regarding the latest developments related to COVID-19.

The Prime Minister’s address is as follows:

People of St. Maarten, both at home and abroad, I hereby address you, as Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center), in an update for today Saturday, March 28, 2020. 

Enhancing Communication, Cooperation & Collaboration within Public Health

Today, Saturday, March 28, 2020, I held a meeting with the members and stakeholders of ESF 6 which was led by Public Health. In this meeting, representatives of the SMMC (St. Maarten Medical Centre), the Ambulance Department, and General Practitioners (GPs) were present. ESF 6 Coordinator/Acting Secretary-General and Head of the Public Health Department Fenna Arnell as well as Collective Prevention Services (CPS) were also present. Fruitful discussions were held with the stakeholders aimed at enhancing communication, cooperation, and collaboration seeing our limited capacity and resources. 

We were able to conclude very important decision points on the way forward in an effort to ensure the safety and security of our treasured medical health professionals as they fight on the front lines of this COVID-19 worldwide crisis is assured: 

  1. The streamlining the protocols between stakeholders based on the increased number of COVID-19 positive cases. 
  2. The increased cooperation and sharing of information between CPS, the Ambulance service and the GPs to facilitate when calls are made.
  3. In order to increase access to information to the general public, as well as offer additional support, a list with the contact numbers of the GPs and their availability to serve non-emergency medical issues will be published to further alleviate the emergency room, which as lately has been inundated with calls, inquiries, and visits for non-emergency issues. 
  4. The Ambulance Department will start an awareness campaign aimed at educating the public as to what constitutes an emergency requiring emergency medical assistance to avoid non-emergency call-outs, leading to resources being used in these events. These already scarce resources (Personal Protective Equipment’s, PPEs) are necessary when personnel has actual COVID-19 cases to assess and transport. 
  5. We are, once again, making a call to retired nurses, licensed practical nurses LPNs, nurses who are currently not in the field and student nurses as well other persons who are willing and able to assist Mental Health Foundation (MHF), SMMC, White and Yellow Cross (WYC) and CPS to contact (insert contact inform) and voluntary your time.

I can further update you that SMMC has established an ‘Outbreak Management Team’ and is doing everything within its power to prepare for a further outbreak. The team has daily meetings to assess where they are and what further measures need to be taken as the situation unfolds. As a result, SMMC has ensured that they have six (6) spaces for COVID-19 positive and suspected cases inside the hospital and have scaled-down regular practices and activities in order to be able to free up beds in case an outbreak occurs. In addition, to these spaces, the SMMC as of today, Saturday, March 28th, also received four Emergency holding rooms for suspected COVID-19 cases. This is to alleviate pressure also on the emergency room and to avoid contamination in that area where general cases can still be assisted.

COVID-19 Case Update  

I hereby also update you as follows about the current St. Maarten COVID-19 Cases as per Saturday, March 28th, 2020: 

  • Returning residents in Self- Quarantine: 421
  • Self-Isolation: 119
  • Number Tested: 41
  • Number Positive: 6 (2 of which is currently hospitalized)
  • Number Negative: 19
  • Number Pending: 16 (1 of which is currently hospitalized)

As I mentioned earlier all but one (1) case had recent travel or are contacts of a confirmed case, 2 are hospitalized and in stable condition, and as of last night, another suspected case has been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and has been tested. We are still awaiting that result as well as 15 others.

Prime Minister Implores Stay at Home

As a result of this, even though there is one (1) case that is not related to travel, I still would like to implore all persons to stay at home. This virus must be taken seriously. As a result, GPs and other medical professionals will also be making that call to you if you have symptoms, or if you have traveled, to remain at home in isolation (in a room by yourself), or quarantined.

If you are quarantined and are therefore moving around in your home, your family members are also now suspected and should remain in the home with you. Arrangements should be made with other family members or close friends outside the home to be able to deliver food, medication and carry out other essential services.

You are asked not to visit the Government building, GEBE, TelEm, the Banks, SMMC, the White and Yellow Cross, and other essential areas. This is in order to protect the community.

If persons continue to break their quarantine and isolation, we are finalizing arrangements to have quarantine locations whereby you will then be forced into quarantine. This will not be a fun activity for you nor us and will take away the necessary resources that are needed to fight this disease. I am imploring and asking you to stay at home.

All around the world, this virus is taking phenomenal proportions and we can mitigate the spread here on St. Maarten by our behavior. We can also do so by being proactive in monitoring ourselves, by continuing to exercise proper hygiene, and remaining isolated or quarantined, should you be a suspected case, have traveled, or are in the home with one of the two.

People of St. Maarten, allow our medical professionals to do their work. Give them the time and space to do so. This is not a time to panic. This is a time to plan, prepare, encourage and uplift others to be positive. I’ve seen many opportunities where mass parties and mass praying have been done online. I believe these are the types of activities that build cohesion in a community that is now forced to live apart.

We are a warm community, and soon we will be able to enjoy the hugs, the handshakes, and the kisses. However, at this time stay at home, be safe and until the next update, I bid you farewell for this evening.

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On, Saturday, March 28, 2020, Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs held a meeting with the members and stakeholders of ESF 6 which was led by Public Health. In this meeting, representatives of the St. Maarten Medical Centre SMMC, the Ambulance Department, and General Practitioners (GPs) were present. ESF 6 Coordinator/Acting Secretary-General and Head of the Public Health Department Fenna Arnell as well as Collective Prevention Services (CPS) were also present. Fruitful discussions were had with the stakeholders aimed at enhancing communication, cooperation, and collaboration seeing our limited capacity and resources. 

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Two Charter Flights to Repatriate Arubans, AUC students and staff back home

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Saturday, March 28th, there are two (2) charter flights that are scheduled to land at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) to repatriate passengers to their home countries. Both requests for landing were submitted to the Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs, whereby an official approval was established.

The Government of Aruba requested a charter flight to repatriate Aruban nationals currently which are currently in St. Maarten.

Furthermore, the Adtalem Global Education, the parent company of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), which operates three schools in the Caribbean, has requested the other charter flight.

On March 13, 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak continued to spread globally, AUC, along with the other two institutions, relocated to remote delivery of their academic programs and gave students the option to return to their home countries. One of the reasons given to the Government of St. Maarten for this decision, was to minimize additional strain on the healthcare systems of the islands if they were to encounter the worse.

With drastic travel restrictions being implemented worldwide, Adtalem arranged a charter flight for its U.S./Canadian students and expatriate employees who wanted to return to these countries. The flight crew arrived in Barbados on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will only be picking up passengers from the islands of Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Maarten, and then flying to the U.S. No passenger or flight crew will be granted access to disembark the aircraft, at any of these locations.

Moreover, as the two flights are scheduled to land at the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) with passengers, no passengers or flight crew will be granted access to disembark both aircraft. “All passengers are encouraged to practice proper hygiene and remain two (2) meters away from persons while traveling back to your home countries,” Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs stated.

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PJIA Airport donates 5000 masks to the Government for Medical Professionals

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - Prime Minister and Chair of the EOC Silveria Jacobs visited PJIA on March 25th, to accept the donation of 5000 medical masks on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten. The donated masks are to be used by the Medical Professionals on St. Maarten who are on the frontlines of the battle to block the spread of COVID-19 and care for our patients.

On Monday, Royal Dutch Airlines KLM transported 8,000 masks to St. Maarten on the request of PJIA. The remainder of the masks will be used for the protection of PJIA employees against the COVID-19 virus while they are at work. This is specifically important in areas where passengers frequent. The multiple pallets arrived on a passenger-empty flight from Schiphol, Amsterdam. 

Brian Mingo, the CEO of PJIA, expressed his thanks to Schiphol for making these masks available and to KLM for transporting it. Additionally, PJIA Task Force Manager Connelly Conner, stated that PJIA’s objective is to minimize the spread of this virus, protect staff, the airport community, tourists, and the public from becoming infected.

Prime Minister Jacobs recognized PJIA as a key stakeholder in the Emergency Support Function ESF 10 along with Port St. Maarten. Prime Minister Jacobs said, “PJIA has worked towards implementing measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and I thank them for their close cooperation."

“The Government of St. Maarten is appreciative of the 5000 masks that arrived from Schiphol. This is one of PJIA’s best gestures despite their great cooperation thus far seeing these trying times,” Prime Minister Jacobs stated. 

Prime Minister Jacobs encourages other businesses to exercise their social responsibility and explore how their business can contribute within the community or via the government, which can get help to those persons most vulnerable in our society. “We need all hands-on deck,” Prime Minister Jacobs concluded. 

 

 

 

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MMC says it takes a unified St. Maarten to protect our nation from this pandemic

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Marine Management & Consulting (MMC) NV, Owner and operator of The Yacht Club Port De Plaisance Marina St. Maarten would hereby like to inform the general public on the measures and steps it has taken since the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Since March 11th2020, after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the Coronavirus Covid-19 had become a global pandemic, Yacht Club Port De Plaisance management and team sprung into action and took the first steps by increasing its sanitary measures and made sure to follow the recommendations provided by the WHO and local Health Department.

On March 13th, 2020 the Yacht Club Port De Plaisance took additional steps from the advice and recommendations provided by the Country’s Honorable Prime Minister Ms. Silveria Jacobs and took keen attention specifically to the travel restrictions outlined in the Prime Minister’s official announcement.

These travel restrictions were sent the following day electronically on March 14th to all marina customers and its employees and advised everyone that they should monitor updates daily as this would affect all travel plans and itineraries. The official announcement did not specifically make mention of the private yachting sector and entry to the Simpson Bay Lagoon, but the marina found it necessary to provide the info seeing that changes and increased measures would more than likely be taken in the coming days.

During the weekend of March 14th and March 15th, the travel restrictions were updated and officially announced again by the Prime Minister. Of these travel restrictions, more countries were added, and it wasn’t until March 17th that Prime Minister Ms. Silveria Jacobs announced that as of March 17th only Legal residents, and persons holding a Dutch ID were allowed to enter and that as of March 22nd, no other entries to the Island would be allowed even to local residents.

Yacht Club Port De Plaisance, took these travel restrictions seriously and stopped all inbound arrivals as of March 17th and informed all customers and local yachting agents that the marina would no longer allow arrivals as per the Prime Minister’s declaration and announcement.

This request was also sent to customers who were due to arrive and were advised to stay put where they were and recommended that they should consult with their clearing agents before coming to St. Maarten. We therefore would like to make it clear that none of the arriving vessels that entered through the bridge this weekend and in the last two days were allowed entry to dock at its facility.

In closing, we want the general public to know that while these measures enforced clearly has largely impacted our business and has caused many issues for our customers, their crew and our employees. We found it necessary during these unfortunate times to put the health of our employees, customers and our Island in general first during this pandemic. While the Yacht Club Port De Plaisance could stay open and considered to be an essential business, we took the honorable Prime Ministers message and travel restrictions important and imperative in fighting this pandemic.

It is unfortunate, that these measures were not followed by others, and we find it surprising to say the least that exceptions and or chances were taken even after the Prime Minister’s message was clear. It is our main goal as a company and marina destination to welcome our visitors and we hereby want to also make it clear that we are in no way implying that any of the vessels and travelers arriving our shores could be spreading the virus.

However, all official health recommendations posted have requested to stop all travel at this time and that this would be effective for stopping the spread. It takes a unified St. Maarten to protect of our nation from this pandemic and we are appalled to see that others aren’t taking it so seriously.

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Holland sees corona curve starting to flatten. Death toll at 80

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The number of people in the Netherlands dying from coronavirus reached a new high of 80 overnight, the public health body RIVM said in its Wednesday update.

Although the figure is high, the number actually involves people who died over the past few days, rather than a 24-hour total, the RIVM said. The number of positive coronavirus tests rose by 852 to 6,412, of whom 1,836 are or have been treated in hospital.

Despite the sharp rise in deaths and positive tests, the RIVM says there is evidence that the rise in the number of hospital admissions is slowing which could indicate a slowdown in the speed of the virus spreading.

‘But we cannot draw firm conclusions and the coming days will show if the curve is flattening,’ the RIVM said. RIVM infectious diseases chief Jaap van Dissel made similar comments in a briefing to MPs earlier on Wednesday.

Initial estimates show that the infection rate – the number of people infected by a carrier – is on or below one, rather than two to three as it was earlier, Van Dissel said. ‘The exponential growth of the outbreak would appear to have been halted.’

Wastewater

Meanwhile, the RIVM said it had identified coronavirus in wastewater following sampling in Amsterdam, Tilburg and Kaatsheuvel, which processes water from Loon op Zand, where the first Dutch case was identified.

The first trace was found in water four days after the first Dutch victim tested positive for the virus, the RIVM said. This means wastewater sampling is a good way to assess the spread of the virus, the RIVM said.

The RIVM has earlier detected norovirus, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, polio and measles in wastewater. Tough Dutch rules on water purification mean that the virus is not in drinking water, the health body said.

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SMMC staff receive free phone credits from TelEm Group

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) TelEm Group is demonstrating its appreciation to 420 workers at the St. Maarten Medical Center, many of whom are on the front line when it comes to protecting the island from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The token of appreciation came in the form of free mobile credits for staff who are TelEm Group mobile customers and free sim cards with the same amount of credit for SMMC staff who are not currently TelEm Group customers.

TelEm Group Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Mr, Michiel Parent delivered the package of credits to SMMC Head, Human Resources, Mr. Harlec Doran, Tuesday, during a controlled handing-over ceremony that observed the safety protocols of social distancing and hand sanitizing.

The packages will be distributed safely to staff members by the Human Resources department during the course of today (Tuesday).

According to Mr. Parent, even though companies like TelEm Group and other business that provide essential services remain open to the general public and the St. Maarten community, and while steps are being taken everywhere to keep the community safe, the true people who are keeping us safe are the medical professionals on the island.

“We really appreciate what these health professionals are doing and want them to know that TelEm Group recognizes their efforts,” said Mr. Parent.

Head, Human Resources at SMMC, Mr. Harlec Doran, said, as an organization, SMMC staff and management are appreciative and grateful for the gesture coming from corporate colleagues.

“Management and staff have expressed sentiments of gratitude and have stated that they will use the credits to maintain contact with their families and loved-ones curing this serious time,” added Mr. Doran.

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Prime Minister Jacobs provides overview of Sint Maarten residents who returned home

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Sunday that the country has two confirmed positive cases of coronavirus COVID-19, and both are in mandatory self-isolation at home and are recovering.

The first confirmed positive case came via the UK-Miami to the island and the second was a student returning from New York.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) over the weekend collected forms that were filled in by incoming passengers with residency on Sint Maarten, and an overview of the information was provided to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Monday.

These were the last flights to bring Sint Maarten residents back home before the closure of the country’s airspace on Sunday midnight for incoming passengers.

These persons had to register with CPS and as such have done so.

Totals as of:                           March 20                March 23

Self-quarantined                     42                          322

Self-isolation                          40                          57

Suspected cases                     13                          22

Positive                                  1                            2

Negative                                9                            12

Pending                                 3                            8                     

The numbers on Friday, March 20 were as of 8.00pm and by March 23 increased to final totals up to that day. The number of self-quarantined persons are mainly returning residents who have to stay confined at home. 

The spike from 42 to 322 comes from all those returning over the weekend who have been compliant and registered with CPS to be monitored, and we appreciate their compliance.

The self-isolation cases are those who have dialed 914 as a result of the public awareness campaign and are being monitored for symptoms.

The suspected cases are a subset of the self-isolation cases (13 of the 40 persons) by Friday (22 of the 57 persons) by Monday.  Tests are being run by Institute Pasteur in Guadeloupe and we are currently awaiting tests on eight patients.

We ask the community to remain vigilant with hygiene practices throughout the day, remain indoors at home as much as possible. 

Those that returned from abroad, while CPS has access to the flight manifest, it would be a gesture of good faith to call, register and email the form to CPS – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - in order to be monitored even if you have no symptoms as this time or call 914 for more information, Prime Minister Hon. Silveria Jacobs said on Monday. 

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