PHILIPSBURG— As of August 22nd St. Maarten has 15 new cases of persons who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The country’s total of confirmed positive cases now stands at 368.
Of the active cases, Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is monitoring 194 people in home isolation. Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour VSA Richard Panneflek said “we now have two hundred and four active cases of persons who have contracted COVID-19.” Eight patients are currently hospitalised and two are isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 17.
The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten has risen to 147. Five hundred and thirty (530) people are now 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.
In a continued effort to control the spread of the virus CPS has tested 696 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) and 1,417 people throughout the community. As the numbers of positive cases continue to increase, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.
“If you have been exposed to someone with the virus or experiencing flu-like symptoms, please remain at home and contact your family doctor immediately. For any questions or concerns, call CPS at emergency number 914.
“Please continue to wear your masks, practice social-distancing, avoid greeting by hugging and kissing, sanitize your hands as frequently as possible, wash your hands with soap and refrain from mass gatherings; as our ultimate goal is to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus,” stated a government release.