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Gasoline and Diesel Prices to be adjusted on Wednesday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – On Wednesday, September 1st, fuel pump prices will be adjusted for gasoline and diesel. 

The current price of unleaded gasoline is Naf.2.219 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.2.246 per liter.

The current price of diesel is Naf.1.597 per liter, will be adjusted to the new price of Naf.1.613 per liter.

The Government of Sint Maarten regulates the prices of petroleum products by imposing a maximum price at which wholesalers and retailers can sell these products in the country to motorists.

At the international level, the prices of crude oil have experienced adjustments and local prices follow the international trend, and therefore prices are adjusted to reflect this. 

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Two More Persons Succumb to COVID-19. 38 New Positive Cases on Monday. 280 Active Cases. 15 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two (2) victims who passed away due to COVID-19. Wishing the families, peace, and comfort during their time of bereavement.

As of August 30th, there were thirty-eight (38) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, sixty-eight (68) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to two hundred eighty (280). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand six hundred seventy-nine (3679).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring two hundred ninety-seven (297) people in home isolation. Fifteen (15) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to fifty-one (51).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand three hundred forty-eight (3348). Two hundred twenty-three (223) 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 3, 613 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 41, 509 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley urges the public to remain vigilant and continue to wear your mask, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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49th Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 25 New Positive Cases on Saturday. 312 Active Cases. 15 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) has reported another death, Minister Omar Ottley extends his sympathy to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 49th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Peace and strength to the family during their this of grief.

As of August 28th, there were twenty-five (25) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, twenty-six (26) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred twelve (312). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand six hundred forty-one (3641).

CPS are monitoring two hundred ninety-seven (297) people in home isolation. Fifteen (15) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to forty-nine (49).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand two hundred eighty (3280). Two hundred thirty (230) 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 3, 602 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 41, 509 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 staff and all persons who came out to the vaccination pop-up drive today. Please continue to wear your mask, reduce social contacts, and sanitize or wash your hands frequently.

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48th Person Succumbs to COVID-19. 36 New Positive Cases on Friday. 314 Active Cases. 14 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 48th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Minister Ottley wishes the family strength during this time.

As of August 27th, there were thirty-six (36) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, thirty-three (33) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred fourteen (314). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand six hundred sixteen (3616).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring three hundred (300) people in home isolation. Fourteen (14) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to forty-eight (48).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand two hundred fifty-four (3254). Two hundred thirty-seven (237) 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 3, 592 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 41, 509 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

All unvaccinated persons are encouraged to come out to the vaccination pop-up drive tomorrow Saturday, August 28th, at the CPS Vineyard Office Park from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Persons interested are asked to walk with any form of photo ID for registration.

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SMUMG Organizes Community Townhall Saturday

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - In light of the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and the continued vaccination campaign, the St. Martin United Ministerial Foundation (SMUMF) is inviting the general public to a Townhall Meeting on Saturday August 28, 2021, at 18:00 hrs, the SMUMF said in a press statement on Friday.

This event will be held at the New Testament Baptist Church in Philipsburg (near KFC) and all COVID-19 protocols will be place including mask usage, sanitization, and social distancing.

The Townhall Meeting will feature several presentations including the citizen's rights and responsibilities, healthy living, nutrition and dealing with anxiety, stress, and suicide. This represents the second phase of a three (3) part public awareness campaign launched by SMUMF in May.

The SMUMF is committed to working with all stakeholders for an inclusionary, holistic approach on fighting COVID-19 and other communicable and non-communicable diseases and illnesses in St. Maarten.

Come out and hear from facilitators and share your views in order to make an informed decision concerning your health and your family.

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47th Persons Succumbs to COVID-19. 30 New Positive cases on Thursday. 312 Active Cases. 15 Persons Hospitalized

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley hereby extends his sympathy to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 47th COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. Minister Ottley wishes the family peace and comfort during this time.

As of August 26th, there were thirty (30) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, thirty-nine (39) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred twelve (312). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand five hundred eighty (3580).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring two hundred ninety-seven (297) people in home isolation. Fifteen (15) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to forty-seven (47).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand two hundred twenty-one (3221). Two hundred thirty-six (236) people remains 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 3, 583 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 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 encourage all unvaccinated persons to come out to the vaccination pop-up drive on Saturday, August 28th, at the CPS Vineyard Office Park from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All persons interested are asked to bring any form of photo ID for registration.

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Wever donates water to Safe Haven, seniors and 40 households to also get

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Former Minister Chris Wever spent weeks leading up to the start of the new school year donating school supplies to almost 100 less fortunate children. He has now turned his attention to providing water to institutions and homes in preparation for the peak of the hurricane season.

On Wednesday, August 25, he donated 35 packs (6 packs of 1.5l) of Karuline water to Director of Safe Haven Ms. Vanessa Fraser. He explained that besides knowing St. Maarten’s experience with hurricanes, The Federal Emergency Management Agency of the US (FEMA) and the International Red Cross, recommend keeping one gallon of water per person per day—or 12 gallons of water for a family of four—which should last for three days in case of an emergency.

As such, he will also be donating water to 40 households in need based on the same aforementioned recommendation for a household of four persons per home. Wever will also donate water to senior citizens in the Red Cross homes in Belvedere.

“St. Maarteners know how to prepare for hurricanes but not everyone may have all of the essentials they need in case of emergency. Water is at the top of the list of necessities. I just wanted to ensure that folks who may not have or have enough, have what they need,” Wever said.

“I believe we are all called to serve our community. You don’t have to be in official office to give back or devote your time. If you have a network that can assist or simply know companies who might consider assisting, just approach them for the sake of the community. Most are very willing and I’m happy that I am able to do my part with the cooperation of generous partners,” he concluded.

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30 New Positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 17 Persons Hospitalized. 322 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 25th, there were thirty (30) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, thirty-eight (38) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred twenty-two (322). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand five hundred fifty (3550).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring three hundred five (305) people in home isolation. Seventeen (17) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at forty-six (46). 

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand one hundred eighty-two (3182). Two hundred thirty-two (232) people remains 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 3, 581 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. 

Minister Ottley urges those who have not been vaccinated to come out to the vaccination pop-up drive on Saturday, August 28th, at the CPS Office Vineyard Park from 9:00am to 3:00pm. All persons interested in getting vaccinated are asked to bring any form of photo ID for registration. Mask wearing is mandatory.  

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Three more die from COVID-19 bringing death toll to 46. 15 Persons Hospitalized. 48 New Positive cases on Tuesday. 330 Active Cases

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the three (3) victims who passed away due to COVID-19. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the families during their time of grief.

As of August 24th, there were forty-eight (48) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, thirty-five (35) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred thirty (330). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand five hundred twenty (3520).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring three hundred fifteen (315) people in home isolation. Fifteen (15) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to forty-six (46).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand one hundred forty-four (3144). Two hundred thirty-two (232) 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 3, 579 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 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 put your health first. If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, come forward for testing.The drive thru testing in Pointe Blanche remains open daily without the need for an appointment. Operating hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you are not vaccinated, please do your research and consider getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

ARCHIVED (Monday) - SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, Omar Ottley extends his sympathy to the family and friends of Sint Maarten’s 43rd COVID-19 victim, who has passed away. May peace be with the family during this difficult time.

As of August 23rd, there were seventy-eight (78) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however, seventy-two (72) persons have recovered; bringing the total active cases to three hundred twenty (320). The total number of confirmed cases is now three thousand four hundred seventy-two (3472). It is important to note that today’s statistics reflect cases reported from over the weekend, and today.

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring three hundred six (306) people in home isolation. Fourteen (14) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to forty-three (43).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has increased to three thousand one hundred nine (3109). Two hundred eighty-six (286) 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 3, 571 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), while CPS tested 37, 841 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Ottley encourages persons who are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to come forward for testing.

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Foresee Foundation briefed on situation with Haiti collaboration

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - St. Maarten based Foresee Foundation and Haiti based Heart for Haiti Foundation (HHF) are both pleased that they are able to maintain their education scholarship agreement even as Haiti struggles with the impact of the deadly earthquake which struck Haiti on Saturday and by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Grace. This good news was delivered when Director/Founder of HHF Johan Smoorenburg visited Foresee at the offices of R4CR/Samenwerkende Fondsen to give an update on the now four-year-old project.

He met with Foresee’s Jose Sommers, who was happy to hear that the sponsored education scholarship program is still up and running and that HHF’s facilities were not damaged by the recent earthquake that rocked mostly the south side of the island.

Sommers said, “St. Maarten has very strong ties to Haiti and it is important that as a region we are able to support each other in efforts to educate young people. Our ties often result in a lot of people coming to St. Maarten to start a new life, so it is important that we help with educating the youth.” HHF’s kindergarten, primary and secondary schools and orphanage facilities cater to some 700 students, 100 of which are sponsored by Windsong International Foundation, initially with the assistance of Foresee Foundation in the Caribbean Mini-grant program.

Smoorenburg has lived most of his life in Haiti, developing HHF into a well-respected nongovernmental organization (NGO), which is also a Disaster relief organization and is often used by international donors, who have recognized his vast experience and influence in Haiti. He said he is heartened by the efforts to help the country in this dire time and has encountered many persons willing to help, however after a critical review of how aid is sent and given out in Haiti, he suggests that persons and businesses willing to help should seek out legitimate aid organizations and send funds not stuff.

Too often, he explained, “Containers and shipped items are difficult to get off the port, then there is a risk to get the containers to the intended location. With funds, organizations are able to source local items and give direct help with employment. It is all round better for Haiti’s economy also.” Any funds received by HHF will be funneled to various relief projects that will certainly assist the grassroots Haitian population.

Sommers added that with the already established links between Foresee and HHF anyone willing to send funds to HHF can use Foresee Foundation. Windward Island Bank # US$ 81158609, contact information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). All donations will go fully to the Heart for Haiti Foundation.

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