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Prime Minister Jacobs clarifies misconstrued headline published by The Daily Herald

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday, January 21st, an article was published in The Daily Herald’s newspaper erroneously stating that Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs announced COVID-19 vaccines would only be available to “registered” residents during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers weekly press briefing.

Residents are persons residing on the island and is not limited to persons with citizenship. All residents regardless of their status will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) will give further elucidation once the vaccination strategy is approved.

“It is rather unfortunate that the word “residents” mentioned in the press briefing was misconstrued in the article published by The Daily Herald and translated to mean that undocumented residents would not be served. That was most certainly not my intention when responding to the question posed,” stated Prime Minister Jacobs.

The Government of St. Maarten is committed to fighting and eliminating the spread of COVID-19 among all our residents regardless of their status. As such, throughout the process, all residents coming forward have been tested and treated from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Two arrested for December 15 Philipsburg knife attack

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Officers of Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) raided a home early Thursday morning located in the area of “Over the Bank” looking for two male suspects who were allegedly involved in the knife attack that took place on Van Romondt Steeg on December 15, 2020, police said in a statement on Thursday.

On the night of December 15th, 2020 around 07.15 pm, the Central Dispatch received several calls concerning a man later identified with the initials V.M. who was severely ill-treated by several suspects with a knife. During the attack, the victim suffered severe lacerations to his chest and face.

The suspect J.B. resisted the arrest but was later brought under control by the officers. The second suspect with the initial M.B. was arrested without incident.

Before being transported to the police station, a house search was conducted at the

residence of the suspects. They were later taken to the police station in Philipsburg where they are being held pending further investigation.

The Detective Department investigating this case is asking anyone who may have more information regarding this case to please contact the Sint Maarten Police Force at +1 721 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205.

Persons can also use the anonymous tip-line by dialing 9300 or send a message to the Facebook Page (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten). (KPSM)

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Five New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 12 Recoveries. 127 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 21st, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, twelve (12) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-seven (127). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand seven hundred and eight (1708).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-six (126) 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 five hundred and fifty-four (1554). Two hundred and twenty-seven (227) 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 2252 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 13, 533 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek continues to urge everyone to wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, wash, or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - As of January 20th, there were twenty-six (26) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nineteen (19) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and thirty-four (134). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand seven hundred and three (1703).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and thirty-three (133) 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 five hundred and forty-two (1542). Two hundred and thirty-three (233) 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 2252 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 13, 533 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges everyone to remain vigilant when in public places. COVID-19 is still very active in our community and everyone must do their part to keep our cases low.

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Eight New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 127 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 19th, there were eight (8) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, one (1) person has recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-seven (127). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and seventy-seven (1677).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-six (126) 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 five hundred and twenty-three (1523). Two hundred and fifty-one (251) 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 2229 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 13, 533 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek would like to remind everyone that if you are sick or experiencing flu- like symptoms to stay at home and call your family doctor. To further prevent the spread of the virus and to safeguard yourself and the ones you love, continue to follow the mandatory guidelines implemented.

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UPDATED: Missing 14-year-old teen returns home. Police issues a notification

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) on Wednesday in a statement would officially like to inform everyone that Angreille Pamilly Wigley returned home safely today (Wednesday). 

The Youth and Morals Department has spoken to the minor and as well as her parents, regarding the consequences of leaving home without proper communicating her whereabouts with her parents. 

The Youth and Morals Department would like to inform the public of Sint Maarten about the following. It appears that during these types of investigations into missing teenagers, the department has become aware that persons take the missing teenager into their home without the consent of the teenager's parents.

Furthermore, this information of the whereabouts of the teenager is not communicated to the Police Force with all the consequences that this brings with it.

We would like to especially thank the media and the community for the quick sharing of the police press release on social media. Together we can always make a difference. (KPSM)

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) is once again asking for the assistance of the community to locate a missing minor, KPSM said on Tuesday evening in a statement.

Angreille Pamilly Wigley, 14 years old, has been reported missing by her parents on Tuesday January 19th, 2021. She was last seen on Monday morning January 18th when she left her home in Anguilla drive. She left home at approximately 06.30A.M. on her way to school and has not been seen since then.

She was last seen wearing the Orange and blue uniform of Sint Maarten Vocational School.

If you know, or think you may know, the whereabouts of the missing teen please do not hesitate to contact the Sint Maarten Police Force at 542-2222 ext. 203/204/205, by calling the 911 emergency number or by sending the police Facebook page a private message.

Persons can also contact the parents of the missing teen: R. Richardson (stepfather) at 554-4526 or Grieselda (mother) at 586-2486.

Angreille if you are reading this, please contact the police or your mom/dad and let them know that you are safe, the police statement concludes. (KPSM)

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13 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 21 Recoveries. 120 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 18th, there were thirteen (13) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, twenty-one (21) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty (120). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and sixty-nine (1669).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and nineteen (119) 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 five hundred and twenty-two (1522). Two hundred and thirty-nine (239) 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 2219 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 12, 629 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek encourages everyone to remain vigilant when in public places; wear a mask at all times, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, wash or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings.

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15 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 10 Recoveries. 128 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 17th, there were fifteen (15) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-eight (128). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and fifty-six (1656).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-seven (127) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is 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 five hundred and one (1501). Two hundred and eighty-six (286) 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 2216 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 12, 629 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please continue to protect yourself when in public places; wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, wash or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings.

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12 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 123 Active Cases. 13 Recoveries

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 15th, there were twelve (12) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, thirteen (13) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-three (123). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and forty-one (1641).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-three (123) people in home isolation. We are pleased to announce that 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 four hundred and ninety-one (1491). Two hundred and eighty-one (281) 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 2187 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 12, 629 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek reminds everyone to adhere to the mandatory guidelines implemented for the safety of yourself and your loved ones. It is your duty to wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, wash, or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings.

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22 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 124 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 14th, there were twenty-two (22) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and twenty-four (124). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and twenty-nine (1629).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and twenty-four (124) people in home isolation. 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 four hundred and seventy-eight (1478). Two hundred and fifty-eight (258) 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 2161 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 11, 535 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges everyone to remain vigilant when in public places. In efforts to control the spread of the virus; please continue to wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, wash, or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings. 

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18 New Positive COVID-19 Cases. 111 Active Cases. Nine Recoveries

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 13th, there were eighteen (18) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and eleven (111). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand six hundred and seven (1607).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and ten (110) 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 four hundred and sixty-nine (1469). Two hundred and fifty-four (254) 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 2154 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 11, 535 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Continue to play your part daily; wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters when in public places, wash or sanitize your hands frequently and refrain from attending mass gatherings. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, stay at home and call CPS at 914.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of January 12th, there were fourteen (14) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, fifteen (15) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to one hundred and two (102). The total number of confirmed cases is now one thousand five hundred and eighty-nine (1589).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring one hundred and one (101) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is 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 four hundred and sixty (1460). Two hundred and thirty-nine (239) 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 2147 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 11, 535 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek encourages all members of the community who are experiencing signs and symptoms which may be related to COVID-19, and persons who have been in close contact with a confirmed case to take advantage of the free drive through testing. Testing is available from 9:30am - 11:30am, Monday to Friday. The testing facility is located in Point Blanche at the open lot before the harbour.

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