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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 16 Active Cases. Two persons Hospitalized. 51 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 29th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to sixteen (16). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred thirty (2230).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fourteen (14) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are currently 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 one hundred eighty-seven (2187). Thirty-seven (37) 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 2, 705 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley would like to bid everyone a safe Carnival Day in advance and reminds everyone to remain cautious, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands.

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Seven Seas Water observes World Day for Safety and Health in Collaboration with the Fire Department

SINT MAARTEN (POINT BLANCHE) - Social corporate responsibility is important for Seven Seas Water, and as such the company gives special attention World Safety Day by hosting its own World week for Safety and Health which is observed in week 17 of this year. This year’s theme set by the International Labor Organization (ILO) is ‘Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises: Invest now in resilient occupational safety and health systems.’

“Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) could not let this opportunity go unnoticed since the company subscribes to its role as a conscientious corporate citizen with a high level of corporate social responsibilities,” said Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) Managing Director of Franklyn Richards.

With this in mind, Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) continues to engage in training of staff regarding occupational safety and health (OSH) systems, in order to face crises now and in the future, drawing on lessons learned and experiences from the world of work, said Richards.

Fire Chief, Clive Richardson furthermore, emphasizes that Safety is something that should be observed and respected at all times no matter what one does. One must realize that cutting corners when it comes to safety might not affect us today but can affect a person or persons tomorrow. Therefore, the Sint Maarten Fire Department always champions “safety first”.

The company considers adhering to a safe and healthy work culture an important aspect of its corporate responsibility and sees as benefits, among other things, greater productivity, higher performance and lower abstention rates at work.

Fire Department collaboration

To further promote safety and in giving true content to social corporate responsibility, Seven Seas Water decided to join forces with the St. Maarten Fire Department. Seven Seas Water and the Fire Department share similar social responsibilities with regard to promoting safety, creating safe conditions while at the same time protecting the environment.

“I have seen how the company is creating a safety culture, with having all participating into events like this, monthly safety meetings and all other online safety trainings,” said Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) Plant Manager Howard Rogers. Having worked for the company for 11 years, he spoke from experience when he said that, “Programs like this promote a safety culture in workplaces and adds a high level of importance on safety beliefs, values, and attitude.”

Head of Prevention, Preparation, Education and Training at the Fire Department Silvanico Pauletta expressed his support for the endeavors of Seven Seas Water to observe 2021 World Day for Safety and Health. “Businesses like Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) have the obligation and social responsibility to protect their environment and the health and safety of all stakeholders involved. This includes personnel, visitors and also the areas surrounding the business. This needs to be done to both prevent an accident from occurring and to mitigate the effects when an accident happens within your business,” said Pauletta.

Pauletta highlighted that even with preventive measures in place, there is always a chance that accidents can happen. “As a business, you need to prepare your facility and staff to act in such a way to limit the damage and injuries or even fatalities. This is why it is so important to have crises mitigative measures in place.”

“Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) is committed to safety and the execution of safe behaviors which determines the constantly improving safety culture the company so dearly holds,” stated Operations engineer and Site Safety Officer Tano Bergen. “Safety is determined by the sum of the individual contributions and not by intellect, positions or departments. Safety is for all and all should be for safety,” he added.

Seven Seas Water (St. Maarten) and the Fire Department together are producing a comprehensive, 15-minute video which will emphasize the committed approach to improving and instilling a safety culture at Seven Seas Water, while at the same time showing the importance of crisis preparedness and having a solid cooperation with a vital emergency response stakeholder like the Fire Department.

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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 15 Active Cases. 53 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 28th, there were six (6) persons 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 two hundred twenty-six (2226).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring fourteen (14) people in home isolation. One (1) patient is currently 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 one hundred eighty-four (2184). Thirty-nine (39) 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 2, 703 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 359 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Remain vigilant when in public, it is your duty to protect your health. Continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing, sanitize or wash your hands frequently and refrain from mass gatherings.

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Five New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 12 Active Cases. Six Recoveries. Two patients Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 26th, there were five (5) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twelve (12). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred twenty (2220).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring ten (10) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are currently 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 one hundred eighty-one (2181). 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 2686 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges everyone to register to be vaccinated. We must collectively work together and encourage one another to prioritize your health first.

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One New Positive COVID-19 case on Saturday. 13 Active Cases. 56 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 24th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, one (1) person has recovered. The total active cases remain at thirteen (13). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred fifteen (2215).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirteen (13) people in home isolation. No patients are currently 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 one hundred seventy-five (2175). Forty-three (43) 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 2686 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley would like to thank CPS, the volunteers and all persons who came out to the ‘POP-UP’ vaccination clinic today. The vaccine stock was used by noon, however, CPS registered persons who walked-up for vaccinations after noon until 2 PM.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 23rd, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirteen (13). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred fourteen (2214).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirteen (13) people in home isolation. No patients are currently 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 one hundred seventy-four (2174). Forty-seven (47) 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 2682 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley hereby reminds the public that tomorrow April 24, 2021 from 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM, CPS will host a ‘POP-UP’ vaccination clinic at the CPS location by the Vineyard Office Park in Philipsburg. This is for persons who have not yet registered for the vaccine. Members of the public can “walk-in” and will be immediately registered and vaccinated. See you there!

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ECO Learning with The Netherlands Red Cross Society, CDFHA and Spaceless Gardens

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - It’s time for round 2 of ECO Learning. Registration begins once again for the next round of the ECO-Learning program. Focused on SGD #17 (building partnerships for goals) in collaboration with The Netherlands Red Cross Society, CDFHA and Spaceless Gardens will be hosted at ECO St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center. The first cohort began back in November 2020 and concluded in Feb 2021 brought knowledge to community members on the basics of Agro- Ecology.

Agroecology is defined by the OECD as “the study of the relation of agricultural crops and environment.” Dalgaard et al. refer to agroecology as the study of the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agricultural systems. 

This concept was first introduced by the University of St Martin in collaboration with ECO SXM on a mission to enhance the Universities level of education in this sector amongst active community members that seek to enhance their studies in this area or have been busy during the lock down experience of 2020.

The first program was supported positively by CDFHA and concluded in Jan 2021. A certification ceremony was organized by CDFHA in the presence of the former Minister of VSA Hon. Richard Panneflek for participating members. The program yield great results and created a new team of interested persons on a mission to start a tree bank and other community oriented activities that will help to stimulate and enhance agri \ cultural production that may be more sustainable for the long term.

On April 12 an MOU was signed between Spaceless Gardens & The Netherland Red Cross Society in witness of Ms Chantelle Greoneveldt of CDFHA to support another round of the ECO - Learning Program.

‘’ The support The Netherland Red Cross Society offered to Spaceless Gardens and the Agricultural Research and Development Center will allow the center to finally serve it’s purpose in our communities. I was introduced to Mr Martin Dacles of The Netherlands Red Cross Society stationed in St Maarten by President of USM Dr Antonio Carmona when they came to visit the center a few months back. It was so funny how we all passionately felt about the importance of agriculture being implemented not only in our communities, but society and country over all.

I never take for granted the people we meet along this journey we call life for everyone has a reason or meaning for passing through our lives. I felt blessed to just have 3 people that shared the same views and explored ways they may be bale to achieve the bigger picture, not alone but together ! ‘’ Wyatte expressed.

The next round of ECO-Learning is geared to be a fun packed educational growing experience, not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well. The upcoming 8 weeks registered participants will engage in a number of activities and enjoy cultural treats that will focus on stimulating self within nature and culture.

The program will cover a range motivational topics on gardening education, building awareness, creative positive social capacity building, networking, encouraging skill enhancement and economical diversification in the areas of agri-culture and agro-ecology.

A new addition by Red Cross to the program that was positively accepted to be introduced was Disaster Preparedness, which SG and the Center commended on and find is much of an importance giving the current circumstances Caribbean islands faced with natural disasters in our regions.

Come join us for some fun, culture, laughter and great healthy food while enhancing your overall gardening knowledge. The program will run for 8 weeks from April 2021 – June 2021 (1hr per week) and will cover the following areas:

Week 1 Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness - Its important to understand the root of the problem toward finding solutions. How can we as individuals play our role towards being prepared and sustaining life and a better tomorrow . This week we will also prepare soil adjustments for next weeks session. 

Week 2 – Seed Germination – This week the focus will be on identifying seed types,  propagation of seeds, slip and cloning techniques. 

Week 3 – Plant Science & Soil Types – Understanding a plant is important, the functionality of it and best condition for it to thrive in. This will be our focus this week.

Week 4 – Plant Care and Maintenance – Learning traditional and modern approached toward organic and non organic plant care, maintenance and disease control

Week 5 – History Agriculture on SXM – A video documentary archived by Mr Dwight Barran that covers an interesting interview by Mr Lorenzo Matthew caretaker of St Maarten’s first Agricultural Station and documentary done by the students of St Maarten Academy in 1993 

Week 6 Agro-Buisness – For those that may want to focus on commercial farming as an empowerment of entrepreneurship or business venture, this week will cover simple business models that may help create sustainable farming business opportunities.

Week 7 – Nutrition – The importance of a healthy dietary intake, what is truly a balance diet and the healing properties of medicinal plants. 

Week 8 – The culinary Art of Harvesting - In this final week we harvest what we grow and get creative with cool ways to prepare it for consumption.

To make it all possible, The Netherlands Red Cross Society, Community Development Family & Humanitarian Affairs & SG have made available 40 slots for interested registered participants to take part in these sessions at no cost. A healthy breakfast, bush tea and some natural juices will also be available for participants. At the end of the 8 week program each participant will receive a certification of participation or completion for taking part in the ECO-Learning Sessions.

‘’ We are pleased with this collaboration between The Red Cross, SG and mentioned stake holders to once again be able to bring an oppertunity to community members toward impacting their lives on a different scale. Agriculture is the most important sector of our society, it’s not about a fancy car or house, close or shoes, but its really about why we truly put in that 9 to 5. Its really about putting food on the table no matter what job status you have. It’s about providing for your family and that comes with making better choices towards keeping food on your table. We hope with programs like this we may be truly able to shift lives in our community. If people in our community are more healthy based on gaining the right access to awareness or knowledge, they can now empower themselves with these tools that may allow them to make better choices. Better people making better choices in our community may just be the key to creating and sustaining a better St Maarten’’ Wyatte. 

Registration for the ECO Learning started back in Nov 2021 and continues to offer community members a chance to be allotted to upcoming workshops. Space is limited for this upcoming 8 week session, so please submit your REGISTRATION HERE or visit your community help desk for more info.

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18 Active COVID-19 cases. Six recoveries on Thursday. Zero Persons Tested Positive. 63 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 22nd, there were zero (0) persons who tested positive for COVID-19. Six (6) persons have recovered, bringing the total active cases to eighteen (18). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred twelve (2212).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventeen (17) 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 two thousand one hundred sixty-seven (2167). Forty-six (46) 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 2680 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley reminds everyone to remain cautious when in public. Do not let your guard down as COVID is still active, for your safety, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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One New Positive COVID-19 case on Wednesday. 24 Active Cases. 76 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 21st, one (1) person tested positive for COVID-19. There was a recovery rate of zero (0) today. The total active cases are twenty-four (24) and total number of confirmed cases has increased to two thousand two hundred twelve (2212).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-three (23) 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 remains at two thousand one hundred sixty-one (2161). Fifty-three (53) 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 2678 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley encourages the public to register for the vaccine through the online portal by via the link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by visiting select locations to pick up a paper registration form. Paper forms are located at the government administration building, all doctor’s offices, at CPS and pharmacies. The community help desks in Dutch Quarter and Cole Bay, and the Vaccination Locations at CPS and Belair can also accommodate persons who would like to register directly at each location.  

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 23 Active Cases. 74 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 20th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-three (23). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred eleven (2211).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-two (22) 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 two thousand one hundred sixty-one (2161). Fifty-two (52) 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 2673 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

As new incoming Minister to the ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (VSA), the Honourable Minister Omar Ottley is focused on promoting herd immunity within our country and therefore encourages the general public to come out and get vaccinated. Collectively we can work together to return to some type of normalcy.

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15 COVID-19 Recoveries. Two New Positive Cases on Monday. 21 Active Cases. One patient now Hospitalized. 54 Persons in Home Isolation/Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 19th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, fifteen (15) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-one (21). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand two hundred seven (2207).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty (20) 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 two thousand one hundred fifty-nine (2159). Thirty-four (34) 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 2666 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 26, 322 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and our community, continue to follow the mandatory regulations implemented in order to flatten the curve and reduce the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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