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14 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases. Eight Recoveries. 80 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 29th, there were fourteen (14) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery of eight (8) persons; bringing the total active cases to eighty (80). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and fifty- nine (659).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy- six (76) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten remains at five hundred and fifty- seven (557). One hundred and ninety- six (196) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1041 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 2710 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek encourages all to remain positive as we work towards our goal of reducing the spike. Remain vigilant and continue to wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 28th, there was one (1) person who tested positive for COVID-19; however, there was a recovery of seventeen (17) persons; reducing the total active cases to seventy- four (74). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and forty- five (645).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy (70) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is five hundred and forty- nine (549). One hundred and seventy- one (171) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1034 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 2686 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek hereby informs the public that we have retrospectively received negative results from the lab of 702 persons who were tested; hence the sharp increase in the number of persons tested throughout the community.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 27th, there were eleven (11) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the total active cases to ninety (90). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and forty- four (644).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring eighty- six (86) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22). 

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten remains at five hundred and thirty- two (532). One hundred and thirty- five (135) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1029 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1985 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 26th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the total active cases to seventy- nine (79). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and thirty- three (633).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy- five (75) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten remains at five hundred and thirty- two (532). One hundred and twenty- two (122) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1026 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1960 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges all to keep the faith, hold strong and do not lose sight of our goal to flatten the curb. Continuous practice of the implemented guidelines will result in a COVID free Sint Maarten.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 25th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery of fifteen (15) persons; reducing the total active cases to seventy- three (73). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and twenty- seven (627).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty- nine (69) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is five hundred and thirty- two (532). One hundred and twenty- two (122) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1013 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1946 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In continuous efforts to control the spread of the virus, wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

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Coast Guard routine patrols at sea

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY) - Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard units routinely patrol the waters of St. Maarten and at the bays and around coast lines in keeping with our responsibility for patrol and controls at sea, the coast guard said in a statement on Friday.

“These patrols will be carried out frequently to control vessels on the COVID-19 measures for visiting vessels, social distancing, exceeding maximum persons on board of a vessel, valid shipping documents and also speargun fishing.

“During these inspections vessels of which the captain does not have the correct shipping documents on board are subject to fining. Therefore, the Coast Guard urges all captains to have their shipping documents with them and that passengers on board maintain themselves to the COVID-19 measures.

“Vessels must at all times adhere to the number of persons on board as indicated on their registration documentation. The Coast Guard also reminds fishermen that fishing with a speargun is not allowed by law.

“The speargun will be confiscated and the fishermen can receive a fine. The Coast Guard also urges all boat owners to service their vessel regularly. Make sure you have enough safety equipment on board to ensure the safety of life at sea, such as: life jackets, flashlight, first aid kit, enough water, fire extinguisher, VHF radio or charged mobile phone.

“Avoid dangerous situations at sea with your boat. In situation that assistance is needed, Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard alarm number is 913. The Coast Guard wishes you a pleasant and safe maritime experience.”

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Another death recorded due to COVID-19. Two new Positive cases. 79 Active cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the person who succumbed to Covid-19. He wishes the family much strength during their time of grief.

As of September 24th, there were two (2) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; unfortunately there was another death recorded, bringing the total deaths to twenty- two (22) and the total active cases to seventy- nine (79). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and eighteen (618).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 74 people in home isolation. Four (4) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 517. Ninety (90) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1013 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1931 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek expressed that today’s registered death occurred late last week, but is now confirmed that it was attributed to COVID-19. 

Please remain vigilant and continue to wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

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One new COVID-19 Death. 22 New Positive Cases. Five Recoveries. 78 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (PONDFILL) - The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the person who succumbed to Covid-19 today. He wished the family much strength during their time of bereavement.

As of September 23rd, there were twenty- two (22) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, there was a recovery of five (5) persons, bringing the total active cases to seventy- eight (78). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and sixteen (616).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 74 people in home isolation. Four (4) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to twenty- one (21).  

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 517. Eighty- three (83) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1009 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1929 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek expressed that the jump in positive cases today are results that reflect testing done over the past three (3) days, as there was a backlog at the laboratory. In efforts to control the spread of the virus, wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

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Three new Positive COVID-19 Cases. Seven recoveries. 62 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 22nd there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of seven (7) persons, bringing the total active cases to sixty- two (62). 

The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and ninety- four (594).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 59 people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remains hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 20. 

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 512. Fifty- seven (57) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1009 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1894 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Although we are witnessing a decrease in the number of active cases, Minister Panneflek reminds the public that there is still much work to be done. Continue to wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gathering as our main goal is to achieve zero active cases in Sint Maarten. 

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Cabinet of Justice Staff Member Recovering from COVID-19 at Home

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Monday, September 21st, 2020, a staff member of the Cabinet of Justice advised the Minister of Justice Anna E. Richardson that Collective Prevention Services (CPS) had shortly confirmed that they tested positive for COVID-19. Thursday, September 17th, 2020, was the last day the staff member was on the job.

Considering the close contact between the staff member, Minister Richardson and the cabinet staff were contacted by CPS on Monday, September 21st, 2020, and advised to quarantine immediately, which they did. As such, the offices of the cabinet of Justice are being cleaned and sanitized.

Notice of the positive case was given to the Council of Ministers, the Secretariat and persons who have been in close contact with Minister Richardson and her cabinet staff within the past four days to advise them of this development. “Although my cabinet staff and I are in quarantine, we are working from home and will continue to execute our duties within the health perimeters as prescribed by CPS,” stated Minister Richardson.

At this present moment, Minister Richardson nor any of the other staff members have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Minister Richardson stated that she will rest and remain hydrated by drinking lots of fluids such as herbal tea and water along with intake of vitamin C. She plans to expose herself to healthy portions of sun light and continue to stay positive in faith.

“I am bidding everyone to stay healthy and continue to take the necessary precautions to remain safe. All persons still working in the government administration building are reminded to uphold mask wearing protocols while less than 2 meters away from others and hand sanitize regularly. Know that this is a situation that is affecting the entire world and not just St. Maarten, as such we will pull through this. The staffer and her family remains in our prayers and is wished a speedy recovery,” Minister Richardson concluded.

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Seven new Positive COVID-19 Cases. 17 Persons Recover. 66 Active cases remain

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 21st, there were seven (7) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of seventeen (17) persons, bringing the total active cases to sixty- six (66).

The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and ninety- one (591).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 63 people in home isolation. Three patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 505. Forty- six (46) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 991 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1890 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek wishes all persons affected by COVID-19 much strength. He encourages persons returning home daily, to leave your shoes at the door, remove your clothing, and shower immediately before interacting with your family members. We are in this fight together and we must adhere to the implemented guidelines to safeguard ourselves, our family and our community in efforts to flatten the curve.

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SIBA elects new president and Board

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) has elected Dwayne Elgin to lead its new Board that was installed after elections held on 15th September 2020. Elgin succeeds Neil Henderson who has led the organization for over fifteen years.

The newly elected board includes Vice President- Mano van der Camp, Treasurer – Richard Boyd (also a past President), Secretary – Barbara Pompier and Board Member -Tirdeo (Joshua) Dharamraj.

SIBA, from its inception, has been championing the rights of insurance customers by influencing legislation to regulate the conduct of financial institutions operating in the industry whilst ensuring that its own members uphold the highest ethical and professional standards in serving customers.

There are several issues currently affecting the Insurance industry and the interest of customers. SIBA intends to immediately engage insurance companies to tackle the increasing cost of health insurance and accessibility to the coverage especially in the light of COVID 19 and its devastating impact to the economy and our customers.

The new board also intends to continue working in the best interest of our clients and the community in general through purposeful engagement with Insurance companies Government, Parliament, the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and other stakeholders.

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Rotary Sunset Supports Online Learning With Tablet Donations

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On September 10th, 2020, members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset joined club President, Elisia Lake, and gathered at the Government Administration Building for the presentation of 67 tablet computers to various public schools on the island. Rotary Sunset launched its tablet / computer donation drive in August with hopes to provide the much-needed computer devices to students who were unable to attend online classes.

Supporting basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s primary areas of focus and Rotary Sunset strongly believes in the right to a sound education for every child. The club has organized numerous projects to promote education and literacy with its annual “Reading Slumber Fun”, “Read A Book A Day” “Free Little Libraries” and “Teachers’ Appreciation” initiatives, among others. Given the challenges faced by many students on the island with logging in to their online classes, the club saw the opportunity to take action in addressing the needs of these students.

“Providing a tablet for a student in need is like igniting a flame of endless opportunities. Although COVID-19 has presented our educational system with numerous challenges, it has also accelerated our educational system to embrace all the benefits of technology through virtual learning. As an educator and avid supporter of education, I am truly honored to be a part of an organization that takes action to create lasting change in our community, who made it possible for over 60 students to attend online classes,” President Elisia Lake stated.

Various Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends such as Temard Butterfield, Montgomery Penn, Akeem Lennard, Karl Isaac, Lakeia Lewis, Jerrell George, Julie Ramchandani, Lorenzo Scotland, the Rotary Club of Randolph Sunrise in Vermont, Corinne Laville, Kenneth Vandermark, David Palmer, Alvin Parker and Arlene Standford from Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Virgin Gorda, Jamaica, USA and St. Thomas shipped their donated tablet to the island as a contribution towards this initiative. Local contributors such as TamLeo, Digital Gumbs, West Tech Shipping, Rissa Productions, Consider It Solved by Roosburg & Partners, PSB Bank N.V., Kalaboom Events, Mr. Fries & Tingz SXM, SXM Promotionz, Auto Depot, Manek Imports, Tony’s Airconditioning, Tyrone Yates, Shiela Vie, Joanne Marie Lake Corrick, Shaunette Wilson, Jocelyn Levenstone, Deborah Richards, Tracey Thewet, Marie Boasman, Gracias Maccow, Tarnive Pemberton, Erica Woodley, Tameka Lambert, Ayanna Guy, Goslinga Aukje Johanna, Aswayan Cocks, Rotarians Elisia Lake, Roylyka Roache, Louis Wever and Aernout Kraaijeveld also made significant contributions toward the much needed tablets.

The tablets were distributed to the students through the school managers of the Marie Genevieve de Weever, Leonald Connor, Oranje, Prins Willem Alexander, Ruby Labega and Martin Luther King Jr. Primary Schools. The students were selected base on a thorough data analysis conducted by the various Student Care Coordinators. The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Drs. Rodolphe Samuel, gave words of encouragement and gratitude, towards the club for carrying out this initiative and vowed that the ministry would do its part to ensure that no child is left behind. During the brief ceremony, schools had the opportunity to win additional tablets, a MAC Book Pro and school supplies. President Elisia encouraged the schools to adopt a loan system, where the tablets can be loaned to each student in need with the understanding that it will be returned to the school at the end of the pandemic in good condition. This would ensure future use for other students that may be in need.

The Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the general population of St. Maarten and to Rotarians across the globe for their kind contributions towards this initiative. There are still 133 students from various public schools who lack an electronic device to be able to attend classes. Persons who are still interested in contributing can do so by making a deposit to the club’s WIB USD Account number- 82173909, WIB NAF Account number-82173806.

For additional information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our social media pages; facebook.com/rotarysxmsunset or call +1 721 587-4193 /  +1 721 586-5241 

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UPDATED: 10 New confirmed Positive COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. 76 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of September 19th, there were ten (10) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, increasing the active cases to seventy- six (76). The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and eighty- four (584).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 71 people in home isolation. Five patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 488. One hundred and thirty- two (132) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 986 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1880 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please do not become discouraged by the recent increase in positive cases; as we continue to adhere to the implemented guidelines we will flatten the curve.

ARCHIVED - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the latest person to succumb to Covid-19. He wishes the family much strength during their time of loss.

As of September 18th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however there was a recovery of 11 persons: reducing the total active cases to 66. The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and seventy- four (574).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 62 people in home isolation. Four patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to 20.

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 488. One hundred and twenty- five (125) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 982 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1865 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges all to continue and practice the guidelines implemented for the safety of yourself, your family and our community; by wearing your masks, practicing social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

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