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Seven New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 27 Active Cases. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 8th, there were seven (7) persons 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 four thousand five hundred seventeen (4517).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-six (26) 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 seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred fifteen (4415) Nineteen (19) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Please wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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23 Active COVID-19 cases. One Person Tests Positive on Saturday. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 6th, there was one (1) person 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 four thousand five hundred ten (4510).

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 seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred twelve (4412) Twenty-six (26) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056.   

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

Minister Ottley urges everyone to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently. 

ARCHIVED - FRIDAY NOV.05 - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 5th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, six (6) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-four (24). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred nine (4509).

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 seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred ten (4410). Thirty (30) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056.  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

For your safety, continue to wear your masks, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 26 Active Cases. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 4th, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, three (3) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-six (26). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred five (4505).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-five (25) 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 seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred four (4404). Twenty-eight (28) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

If you have not been vaccinated, do your research and consider receiving your COVID-19 vaccination.

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Nightlife Entertainment Businesses Can Stay Open Until 3:00 AM as of Friday Night

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – A ministerial decree regulating the opening times of nightlife entertainment businesses until 3:00 AM will be signed on Friday, November 5 and published on said date.

As of Friday night, nightlife entertainment businesses can stay open until 3:00 AM in the morning, subject to the business license. 

Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Hon. Roger Lawrence said on Wednesday that based on his collaboration with the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Minister of VSA), in reviewing the current COVID-19 trend and trajectory, the decision was taken to extend the opening hours of the nightlife entertainment sector.

Minister Lawrence acknowledges the importance of the entertainment industry and its contribution to the economy and also would like to remind everyone to participate responsibly.

The nightlife entertainment businesses will have to follow their COVID-19 Safe Framework business re-opening workplace plans that were submitted in the summer of 2020 regarding daily operations as well current updated agreements to ensure public health safety.

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Zero New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 25 Active Cases. One Person Remains Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 3rd, zero (0) persons tested positive for COVID-19. One (1) person has recovered, bringing the total active cases to twenty-six (25). The total number of confirmed cases remains at four thousand five hundred one (4501).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-four (24) 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 seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred one (4401). Twenty-eight (28) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Remain vigilant when in public, wear your mask, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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Saba sees positive season ahead due to additional air and sea capacity

SABA (THE BOTTOM) - Saba looks forward to a positive season with the addition of air and sea capacity to the island per November 15th. The elimination of COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated day trippers per November 15th is expected to lead to more visitors.

Day trippers can make use of The Edge ferry service which will start running day trips from St. Maarten to Saba as of November 16th. On Wednesdays and Fridays, The Edge will depart St. Maarten for Saba at 9:00am. The return trip from Saba to St. Maarten is at 3:30pm the same day.

As the season progresses, The Edge will evaluate to add the day trip ferry service on Sunday. Under the current schedule, which will be in effect until November 15th, The Edge comes to Saba on Friday and Sunday afternoon and returns to St. Maarten the following morning, on Saturday and Monday. Coming soon is the Makana ferry service between St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. More information will follow shortly.

Windward Islands International (Winair) will add more flights on the St. Maarten-Saba route per November 15 when the winter schedule goes into effect. Per November 15, Winair will fly three times a day to Saba. Currently, Winair carries out two flights per day, four times a week. St. Maarten Airways continues to offer private air charter services.

Per November 15, fully vaccinated persons from high-risk countries travelling to Saba by boat or plane for one day (day trip) no longer have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Persons will still have to fill out the Saba EHAS form 24 hours before their departure, and wear a face mask during their visit, especially indoors and in crowded areas.

Commissioner of Tourism Bruce Zagers stated that it is promising to already to see tourism arrivals picking up. “Although it will probably take some time for our numbers to fully recover to pre-COVID-19 times, the season ahead does look very positive which will be helpful for our tourism sector and economy as a whole,” he said.

“Saba is very happy to welcome day trippers for a wonderful time to hike, dive, visit our restaurants, explore the island and our villages. We look forward to continue to expand our product offerings. Saba continues to see interest from visitors who are vacationing on neighboring islands. Multi-destination trips are expected to become more popular, with the entry requirements for day trippers eased. With the upcoming increased seat capacity both by ferry and by air, we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the island,” said Director of Tourism Malinda Hassell.

Information about Saba, as well as the EHAS application, can be found on: www.sabatourism.com

The Edge ferry

Edge ferry service Nov 2021

 

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Three New Positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. Two Persons Remain Hospitalized. 26 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 2nd, there were three (3) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, four (4) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-six (26). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand five hundred one (4501).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-four (24) people in home isolation. Two (2) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand four hundred (4400). Twenty-eight (28) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

The total number of persons tested is 62, 056  

As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges everyone who has not been vaccinated to do your research and consider receiving your COVID-19 vaccination.

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Four New Positive COVID-19 cases on Monday. 27 Active Cases. Three Persons Remain Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of November 1st, there were four (4) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seven (7) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to twenty-seven (27). The total number of confirmed cases is now four thousand four hundred ninety-eight (4498).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring twenty-four (24) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seventy-five (75).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to four thousand three hundred ninety-six (4396). Twenty-five (25) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS.

If you have not been vaccinated, do your research and consider receiving your COVID-19 vaccination.

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MP Emmanuel: Court ruling is a monument to suffering imposed by National Alliance Government

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel called the decisions by the Constitutional Court to uphold the three ordinances that in part deprive workers of St. Maarten, civil servants in particular, to income and rights that they are entitled to by law, “a monument to the suffering imposed on our people by the National Alliance led government.”

MP Emmanuel was the only MP who voted against the ordinances to cut the income and benefits of civil servants and workers of semi-government entities. He only voted for the ordinance to cut his own salary and warned at the time that a 12.5% cut would not yield government any significant savings but instead would increase poverty and hardship on workers.

Following the ruling on Monday, Emmanuel said it was shocking that the Constitutional Court would base its decision not on merit of law or what the people are entitled to, rather on the fact that the government needed money. In the same breath, he continued, the court made mention of the negative affect the laws could have on those who would be directly affected.

“The court acknowledged the hardships that could fall on people, but still upheld the laws based on the notion that government needed money. I say notion because this is the same government that to date cannot tell us how it cut costs from within to generate savings. This is the same government that cannot present a post-COVID plan to improve the economy only counting on the high season. This is the same government that continues to hire new civil servants while taking income and benefits from those that are there now. This is the same government who cannot say how or what they negotiated with the Dutch, but screaming there’s a gun to my head. Today, the roosters are home and all hardships should be laid at the feet of this current government,” MP Emmanuel said.

He is also concerned that the ruling set a precedent for government to do as it wants, despite the relevant laws and rights that are being trampled. “So whenever government feels it has a need, such as money, nothing else matters? People don’t matter? Rights don’t matter? Next we will be told land tax will be imposed because government needs money. This ruling sets a dangerous precedent and is especially scary since during the hearing government could not answer relevant questions and provide relevant information and still cannot,” the MP said.

He continued: “We live here. We don’t need data to tell us how taking people income would affect them. We know our people and what they use vacation pay, bonuses and incremental salary increases for. The Council of Ministers definitely knows. Even the CFT reported that lower personnel costs have not been realized after government implemented a 12.5% cut in income and benefits of civil servants. But it did hurt our people and is still hurting them.”

MP Emmanuel said he sympathizes with civil servants and workers of semi government related entities who now have no indication when or how they will be able to get what’s due to them by law. “I stood alone in my fight against these laws. I’m the only MP to vote against,” he said.

“Today parents owe schools, cost of living seem three times higher because that little extra income isn’t there, small loans to loan-sharks are on the rise and these so called temporary laws seems to be now permanent. Judge Bob Wit doesn’t have to wonder how the laws would affect people long term. We already know. People are suffering and it was made possible by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs and the Council of Ministers she does not control,” the MP concluded.    

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Sucker Garden Residents Receive Tour of Community Space

SINT MAARTEN (SUCKER GARDEN) – On Tuesday, members of Duke’s Drive Residence received a private walkthrough of the Sucker Garden Community Space – one of seven community spaces being established across Sint Maarten. Led by Makhicia Brooks, Managing Director of the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF), this tour comes ahead of the space’s official opening and highlights the results of the considerable efforts and contributions made by the members.

The members of the tour, which included Meredith Concincion, Michelle Martina, Merlyn Hunter, and Jessica Rogers, are no strangers to this space, let alone this district. As active members of the community, these enthusiastic women, along with several other persons, readily dedicated their time, effort, and input over the past few months to ensure that this space was in line with the needs of the community. Their notable strides included lobbying for a concrete gazebo and a repainted basketball court on behalf of individuals who make use of the facilities. Now, with a concrete gazebo, revamped basketball court, chess tables, exercise equipment, and playground equipment, this space offers something fun for everyone. In the coming days, the space will be finalized with the installation of additional lighting.

This community space is one of seven that has been established as part of a collaborative initiative between SMDF and the Netherlands Red Cross with the goal of creating and enhancing outdoor social spaces for free use by the public. With the help of community-minded individuals, councils, and businesses, these spaces, which are located in Belvedere, Cay Hill at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, Cul-de-Sac, Ebenezer, Simpson Bay, Middle Region, and Sucker Garden, will allow persons of all ages to gather and connect with neighbors, friends, and families in a safe manner. The first Community Space was successfully launched in Middle Region in February 2021 and works continue to complete the remaining spaces by the end of the year.

As the Community Spaces Project continues, SMDF would like to recognize the efforts of and extend a heartfelt thank you to our Sucker Garden community-minded leaders whose collaborative efforts will surely create a stronger sense of community whilst promoting physical and mental well-being amongst members of the community.

smdf pix of toys for kids to play with

From Left to Right: Michelle Martina, Makhicia Brooks, Meredith Concincion, and Merlyn Hunter.

 

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