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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, 39 Active Cases. 70 Persons in Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 9th, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, one (1) person has recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-nine (39). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred eighty-two (2182).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-eight (38) 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 sixteen (2116). Thirty-two (32) 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 2644 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 24, 628 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges the community to remain vigilant and continue to wear your masks, practice the 2-meters social distancing, sanitize and wash your hands frequently and refrain from mass gathering’s. Most importantly if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay at home and call your family doctor.

 

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 8th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nine (9) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-three (33). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred seventy-five (2175).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty (40) 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 fifteen (2115). Forty-one (41) 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 2644 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 24, 628 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek humbly apologizes for the delay in the daily stats. He urges everyone to continue and register to be vaccinated. It is your duty to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, remain at home and call your family doctor.

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Government closely monitoring Volcano developments on St. Vincent

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY, (DCOMM) – The Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management, and the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS), are closely monitoring developments on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with respect to the La Soufriere Volcano. The volcano does not pose a threat to Sint Maarten.

According to the St. Vincent National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), the steaming/smoking at the volcano has increased, however, the alert level remains at Orange.

The La Soufriere Volcano stands 3,864 feet above sea level. According to the Seismic Research Unit (SRU) of the University of the West Indies, there have been five explosive eruptions at the volcano during the following historical period: 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979.

The most recent dome building (effusive) eruption of the volcano began on December 27, 2020. Visual observations confirmed that high temperatures detected by satellites used to track wildfires were in fact caused by magma reaching the surface.

According to the SRU situation report of Thursday, at this stage, it is unlikely that the volcano will impact other islands, however, should the eruption escalate, volcanic ash may be emitted and may impact neighboring islands. During the 1979 eruption, volcanic ash was reported in southern St. Lucia and Barbados.

The Sint Maarten Fire Department/Office of Disaster Management and the MDS, will continue to monitor the situation and update the general public with respect to any new developments.

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MP George Pantophlet: To Shut down or not to Shut down

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Member of the Parliament of Sint Maarten (MP) George Pantophlet said in a press statement on Thursday: “Recently, I have taken note of some developments on St. Maarten. The most recent one being the shortening of opening hours for nighttime entertainment clubs, bars, restaurants etc. This has brought some thoughts to mind and I will express them via this article. Please note that this is my personal opinion on the matter.

“One thing I have learned is that some people will do whatever they want to do without looking at the consequences. What makes matters worse is that their actions can be extremely harmful and even cause death to others. This kind of behavior is irresponsible, careless, and dangerous.

“Our Kingdom partners, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire are being heavily affected by the COVID19 pandemic. There are new variants that are causing more serious challenges especially on our sister Island of Curacao and my prayers go out to them.

“Because of the behavior of some reckless persons on our island, our Minister of Economic Affairs had to take an unpopular decision by shortening the opening hours. The cry coming out is that the majority is being punished for a few and that only the perpetrators should be punished. Unfortunately, this is not how things work in reality.

“It would behoove us all if business owners and/or other individuals become whistleblowers. If you see anyone breaking the established protocols, take a video and contact the relevant authorities. But of course, you might be saying that it is not your responsibility. In my humble opinion, I beg to differ.

“What some don’t seem to understand is that we have a tourism-driven economy. What some don’t seem to understand is that if cases continue to rise, vaccination or not, countries such as especially the United States and Canada, where the majority of our tourists come from, will definitely cancel flights to St. Maarten.

“Our Minister of Economic Affairs Ms. Ludmilla de Weever was able to secure some homeporting which will bring in some badly needed income. To date, we are dependent on liquidity support from the Dutch government, and we know how that is going.

“I concur with article 20.1 of the State Regulation of St. Maarten (Staatsregeling) which states as follows: It shall be the Government's constant concern to promote the provision of sufficient employment.

“Isn’t that what Government was doing by allowing business establishments to open until the early morning hours?

“Article21.1 also states that the government shall take steps to promote the health of the population. My question is, what about our civic responsibilities? Obeying the rule of law should be the most important one and if there is no law, then your behavior should be ethical.

“I have come to realize that you can’t legislate morality. The recovery of our economy, contrary to popular belief, is dependent in this instance more on our behavior as a people than any program or law that government can execute or establish.

“If we want our economy to thrive by the return of tourism, which includes, cruise tourism, stay over tourist, etc., we must each do our part by adhering to the protocols. We know that more tourists will translate into hotels being filled, restaurants being filled, taxi drivers making more trips, and casinos being filled, just to name a few. This will mean less dependency on Dutch liquidity support.

“People of St. Maarten, the ball is in your court. You decide, to Shut down or not to Shut down,” the press statement from MP George Pantophlet concludes.

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10 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 41 Active Cases. 101 Persons in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 7th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-one (41). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred seventy-four (2174).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty (40) 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 six (2106). Sixty-one (61) 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 2644 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 24, 628 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 of the necessary precautions to safeguard their health, that of their families and our community. If you have flu-like symptoms, remain at home and call your family doctor.

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13 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. 19 Recoveries. 35 Active Cases. 92 in Home Isolation/Quarantine. One hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 6th, there were thirteen (13) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, nineteen (19) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-five (35). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred sixty-four (2164).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-four (34) 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 two (2102). Fifty-eight (58) 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 2644 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 24, 628 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In efforts to reduce further spread of the virus, Minister Panneflek advises the public to wear a mask, maintain a social distance of 2-meters, practice good hand hygiene and refrain from large gatherings.

Minister Panneflek encourages you to be a part of the solution and register to be vaccinated.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by paper registration which can be found at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labour Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

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Dutch holidaymakers on Curacao urged to return, as coronavirus cases mount

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch nationals holidaying on Curacao, or working as interns there, are being urged to return to the Netherlands as quickly as possible because of the mounting coronavirus crisis on the Caribbean island.

The situation on the island is ‘very worrying’ and medical care cannot be guaranteed, the Dutch diplomatic mission on the island said in a post on Facebook. Hundreds of people have continued to travel to the islands for holidays, despite the government’s urging to stay at home.

Now, the number of infections on the highlight has soared – yesterday 431 people tested positive – and the island’s only hospital to treat coronavirus patients is full.

The Dutch authorities have urged people to contact their airline or travel organisation to make plans for a return. The call to come back does not apply to people stationed on the island for a longer period, such as the army.

On Thursday, the foreign affairs ministry revised its travel advice for the island and Aruba to orange, meaning but all but essential travel should be avoided. Travellers returning from the island must be tested for coronavirus before their departure and go into quarantine when they arrive back in the Netherlands.

(DutchNews)

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 41 Active Cases. 118 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of April 1st, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, five (5) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-one (41). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred fifty-one (2151).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty (40) 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 eighty-three (2083). Seventy-eight (78) 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 2614 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 23, 608 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, continue to wear your face masks when in public places, practice social distancing at all times and sanitize your hands frequently.

Minister Panneflek encourages you to be a part of the solution and register to be vaccinated.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by paper registration which can be found at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labour Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies. 

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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 42 Active Cases. 115 in Home Isolation/Quarantine

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 31st, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, two (2) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty-two (42). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred forty-seven (2147).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring forty-one (41) 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 seventy-eight (2078). 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 2614 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 23, 608 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please remain vigilant and practice all sanitary measures set for the general public by wearing your face masks, practicing social distancing and sanitizing your hands frequently.

Minister Panneflek encourages you to be a part of the solution and register to be vaccinated.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by paper registration which can be found at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labour Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

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Six New Positive COVID-19 cases. 37 Active Cases. 104 in Home Isolation/Quarantine. One patient hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 30th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to thirty-seven (37). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred forty (2140).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-six (36) 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 seventy-six (2076). 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 2614 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 23, 608 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 be a part of the solution and register to be vaccinated. To register for the COVID-19 vaccine via the online registration form which is available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and can be found via this link: https://forms.sintmaartengov.org/form.aspx?v=OGtn05kNmb or by paper registration which can be found at Collective Prevention Services (CPS) at the Vineyard Office Park Building, the Division of Labour Affairs at the Simpson Bay Public Service Center in Simpson Bay, doctors’ offices, the Government Administration Building, and select pharmacies.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases. 34 Active Cases. 101 in Home Isolation/Quarantine. One hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of March 29th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19. There was a recovery rate of zero (0) cases today. The total active cases are thirty-four (34) and the total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand one hundred thirty-four (2134).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-three (33) 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 remains at two thousand seventy-three (2073). 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 2614 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 23, 608 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 of the necessary precautions to safeguard their health, that of their families and our community. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, remember to stay at home and call your family doctor.

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