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17 Active COVID-19 Cases. One New Positive Case. Four Recoveries

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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Government encourages the community to take a stand against violence

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Wednesday, February 24th, a Candelight vigil was held in the honor of the late Rhonda Thomas, a school teacher of the Methodist Agogic Center who was brutally murdered on February 14, 2021, in a domestic violence case. Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs, Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport drs. Rodolphe Samuel were amongst the attendees at the event held at the Carib Lumber Ball Park to show their support for ending violence against women and girls.

Prime Minister Jacobs shared a few words with attendees calling them to action. She said, "Stand together against violence - Break the Silence. Tell your story, and tell her story so that we can learn the pitfalls and avoid them."

"Train our children to respect each other, there is no Love in violence. Mothers come together to teach our daughters to love themselves too much to tolerate violence. Train our boys to love and respect women. We must break the cycles of violence in our families and community. Let her death not be in vain - try to find the lesson and grow," she continued.

While standing with the late Ms. Thomas' daughter, the Minister Richardson said, “I wish to not focus on the malicious act during this candlelight vigil, but instead wish to beautifully celebrate and honor the life and light of Ms. Rhonda Thomas. I continuously stress the importance of tackling domestic violence on the island and together with the Honorable Minister of VSA, Mr. Panneflek, we have set the enactment of the Domestic Violence (DV) Policy to a high level of importance. May God give us all the strength we need as we journey through the emotions of this great loss."

“Teaching is beautiful; it is the work of Heart. We stand in solidarity with you against violence to women and violence to all,” stated Minister Samuel as he addressed the attendees of the event.

The Ministers expressed condolences to her daughters, family, students, colleagues, and friends of the late Ms. Thomas, and reaffirmed Government's commitment to the eradication of violence, especially against women and girls on St. Maarten.

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10 COVID-19 Recoveries. Three New Positive Cases. 40 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of February 24th, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, ten (10) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to forty (40). The total number of confirmed cases is now two thousand and fifty (2050).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring thirty-nine (39) 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-three (1983). Ninety-nine (99) 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 2499 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 urges everyone to remain vigilant when in public places. 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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