COVID-19 cases reduced to 259

COVID-19 cases reduced to 259

PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten has recorded 21 more persons who have recovered from COVID-19 as of Monday, August 31. The total number of active cases is down from 267 to 259. The total number of recovered is now at 200.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 476.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is currently monitoring 254 persons in home isolation. Five patients are hospitalised at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC). There is no one currently in the isolation facility. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 17.

There are 286 persons currently 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 762 travellers arriving at Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1,591 persons throughout the community. As the number of positive cases continues to increase, CPS said it will continue to actively execute its contact-tracing measures.

“We would hereby like to make it clear that the figures will change as we receive lab confirmation from SLS/HCLS [St. Maarten Laboratory Services/Health Care Laboratory St. Maarten – Ed.]. This is due to lab results pending,” said Minister of Public Health Richard Panneflek.

“For the safety of yourself, your loved ones and the community, please remain at home and contact your family doctor immediately if you have been exposed to someone with the virus or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

“With the increase in positive cases … do your part and wear your [face] masks, practise social distancing, avoid greeting by hugging and kissing, sanitise your hands as frequently as possible, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.”