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Ministry VSA starts next vaccination cluster age group 18-59 with underlying conditions

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Vaccination Management Team (VMT), has decided in consultation with the Netherlands to continue with the next priority risk group. The first group consisted of healthcare workers with direct client contact, and the second group of all persons 60 years or older.

Within these groups over 2000 people have received the first dose already and will return for their second dose as of next week.

The earlier start with priority group 3 is good news because it will allow the Ministry of Publication Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA)/VMT to scale up the vaccination progress. And time is precious since the aim is to complete the vaccination campaign before the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

As the term ''underlying health conditions'' is quite vague, you can compare it with the eligibility to receive the yearly flu vaccine. Eligible are persons with the following conditions: diabetes, lung diseases such as asthma, COPD, lung cancer, heart conditions such as angina, rhythm problems or a history of a heart attack, kidney problems, disorders that affect your immune system, being morbidly overweight (a Body Mass Index of over 40) or having a neurological disorder (such as Parkinson’s or ALS) with breathing difficulties.

People who have these underlying conditions, are at higher risk of contracting severe COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine provides protection against this and is thus especially important for the people within this priority risk group. Those who registered with these underlying health conditions can now expect an invitation. When you do receive the confirmation, don't forget to confirm your appointment by clicking the link that is included in the invitation email.

Ministry VSA/VMT encourages everyone to register for the vaccine, even if the priority risk group that you fall under is not yet being invited for the vaccine. As the registration numbers increase, the sooner the vaccine can be offered who registered. If you have a friend, parent, neighbor, or relative that might be struggling, please offer to help with registering, transportation, comfort, or providing information. If you need help or information, you can also call CPS at 914 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The online registration form is currently available in Spanish and Creole and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb

The paper-based “COVID Vaccine Registration Form” can be picked up at several locations, including Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building in Philipsburg, the Division of Labor Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, Doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. One Recovery. 17 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 6th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, one (1) person has recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventeen (17). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and seventy (2070).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventeen (17) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and twenty-six (2026). Twenty-nine (29) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2538 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 21, 103 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please continue to adhere to the mandatory guidelines implemented for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Wear a mask when in public, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and remain cautious of large gathering’s.

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One New Positive COVID-19 case. Three Recoveries. 15 Active Cases. 44 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 5th, there was 1 (one) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to fifteen (15). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and sixty-seven (2067).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fifteen (15) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and twenty-five (2025). Twenty-nine (29) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2532 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 21, 103 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek advises everyone to remain cautious when in public places. For the safety of your family and yourself, wear a mask when in public, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and remain cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 4th, there was 1 (one) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to seventeen (17). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and sixty-six (2066).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventeen (17) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and twenty-two (2022). Thrifty three (33) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2532 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 21, 103 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, Minister Panneflek advises everyone to wear a mask when in public places, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and remain cautious of large gathering’s.

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COVID-19 variants from New York, California and Brazil detected

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 27, 2021, Sint Maarten has imposed a travel ban from certain countries including the United Kingdom (UK), South Africa and South America. The reason for this is due to three new variants of the COVID-19 virus that are circulating worldwide, which are more infectious than the original COVID-19 strain.

These variants have originated in the UK (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351) and Brazil (P1). Besides these variants of concern, other variants of the COVID-19 virus are circulating.

Some of these may develop into more harmful variants over time, while others will keep the same characteristics as the original COVID-19 virus. The table below provides an overview of the most common variants that are circulating in the world, their origin, spread, characteristics and whether they have been detected on Sint Maarten to date.

Table. COVID-19 variants as of March 4, 2021

COVID-19 variants

Origin

Spread

Characteristics compared to non-variant COVID-19

Detected in SXM

B.1.1.7

UK

Detected in 83 countries. Widespread in UK and Europe.

Increasing in USA.

More infectious; more severe infection

No

B.1.351

South Africa

Detected in 40 countries. Widespread in South Africa.

More infectious; less responsive to current vaccines

No

P.1

Brazil

Detected in 17 countries.

Not yet widespread.

More infectious; possibly less responsive to current vaccines

No

P.2

Brazil

Widespread in Brazil

No data to suggest concern yet, but monitoring is warranted

Yes

B.1.526

New York

Widespread in New York. Increasing in USA.

Yes

B.1.427/ B.1.429

California

Widespread in California. Increasing in USA.

Yes

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Governor Holiday pays Working visit to the COVID-19 Vaccine Administering Location

SINT MAARTEN (HARBOUR VIEW) - On Wednesday March 3, 2021, His Excellency Governor drs. Eugene B. Holiday paid a working visit to the COVID-19 Vaccine Administering Location at the Vineyard Park Office Complex in Philipsburg.

During a tour of the location Governor Holiday received a briefing on the vaccination process from Mrs. Lista-de Weever, Epidemiologist and head of the Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS).

Minister Panneflek with responsibility for CPS, a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs, attended part of the visit. The Governor met and spoke with CPS staff about the experiences, the vaccination process, how the operation is going as well as the number of persons vaccinated and registered so far.

The Governor expressed that it is important for all of us on the island to get vaccinated. Vaccinations will safeguard ourselves and our loved ones and contribute to our socio and economic recovery.  

Prior to the visit to the Vaccination Centre Governor Holiday had a video call with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. During this video call His Majesty the King emphasized the importance of vaccinations to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. The King indicated that he will get vaccinated as soon as he is called upon to receive his vaccination.

Governor Holiday has registered for his vaccination and appeals to everyone in St. Maarten to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
This can be done electronically via http://onlineservices.sintmaartengov.org/covidvaccine
Alternatively a paper registration form can be collected at:
- Collective Prevention Services
- Division of Labor Affairs
- PSC at Simpson Bay & the Government Building
For more information or questions please visit http://www.sintmaartengov.org/coronavirus

At the end of the visit Governor Holiday commended and thanked Mrs. Lista-de Weever and CPS staff for their work in the fight against the pandemic.

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20 Active Cases. 11 COVID-19 Recoveries. Four New Positive Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 3rd, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, eleven (11) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty (20). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and sixty-five (2065).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty (20) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and eighteen (2018). Fifty-four (54) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2532 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

If you are sick, or experiencing flu- like symptoms, stay at home and call your family doctor. Minister Panneflek urges everyone to act responsible and wear a mask when in public places, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and remain cautious of large gathering’s.

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Three COVID-19 Recoveries. One New Positive Case. 27 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 2nd, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-seven (27). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and sixty-one (2061).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-seven (27) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and seven (2007). Sixty-two (62) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2527 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In effort to control the spread of the virus on St. Maarten, Minister Panneflek urges everyone to remain vigilant and wear a mask when in public places, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases. Three Recoveries. 29 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 1st, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-nine (29). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and sixty (2060).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-nine (29) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand and four (2004). Sixty-eight (68) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2525 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please continue to play your part and adhere to the mandatory guidelines implemented. For your safety continue to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. 30 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 28th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered. The total active cases remain at thirty (30). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-seven (2057).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty (30) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to two thousand (2000). Seventy-two (72) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2522 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek advises everyone to remain alert when in public; wear your mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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Two New Positive COVID-19 cases. Five Recoveries. 30 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 27th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty (30). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-five (2055).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty (30) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and ninety-eight (1998). Seventy-four (74) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2510 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Thank you to everyone playing their part by adhering to the mandatory regulations implemented. Minister Panneflek stated. Together, we will overcome the pandemic but we must continue to wear our masks in public places, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 26th, there were (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-three (33). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-three (2053).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-three (33) people in home isolation. Currently there are no patients hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three (1993). Eighty-four (84) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2506 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

As we continue to work toward achieving zero active cases; Minister Panneflek urges everyone to wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 25th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-six (36). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty-one (2051).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-five (35) people in home isolation. One (1) patient remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty-seven (27).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight (1988). Ninety-five (95) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA) Airport Health Team in collaboration with Health Care Laboratory Sint Maarten (HCLS) have tested 2503 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 19, 228 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek advises everyone to make their health a priority, wear a mask, practice 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and be cautious of large gathering’s.

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