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Turks and Caicos revises guidelines for COVID-19 cases and their contacts

coronavirus

Effective January 10, 2022, a number of changes to the current guideline on quarantine/isolation take effect. The complete guideline can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website at: https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/guidance . Some of the main changes include:  

  • Individuals are now to contact the team directly on each island. The Ministry will continue to provide results to persons tested through the Primary Healthcare Department.  
  • Persons requiring a quarantine order for work/school/insurance purposes, who tested positive at a Private Facility should contact the Public Health Team directly: 
    • North Caicos 
      • Kew: 342-6860 
      • Bottle Creek: 347-2126 
    • Middle Caicos: 243-2522 
    • South Caicos: 345-7360 
    • Grand Turk: 347-5657 
    • Salt Cay: 245-9409 
    • Providenciales: Visit the National Stadium, Venetian Road  
      • Mondays-Wednesdays: 9am-2pm 
      • Thursdays and Fridays: 9am-12pm 
  • All persons testing positive are to inform their contacts of their status. Close contacts within the same dwelling should contact the Public Health team for testing/quarantine documents.   
  • Contacts in a separate dwelling will no longer require quarantine, however should monitor themselves for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop. 
  • Isolation/quarantine periods may be reduced based on vaccination/booster status, symptoms and a negative rapid antigen/lateral flow device test 
  • Households are still to quarantine together 
  • Tourist groups: The person(s) within the group that tests positive is recommended to isolate for the required period, however, persons testing negative in the group may repatriate as planned.  

National Public Health Laboratory 

The National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) wishes to advise the public that in an effort to mitigate the massive surge in requests for testing, approximately 450 samples were sent overseas for processing late last week. In partnership with Grace Bay Medical, these samples were couriered to a large capacity laboratory in Florida.

All results have since been received over the weekend and are currently being entered in the local database for reporting purposes. As a result, significant changes in the COVID-19 dashboard are anticipated; due to both delays in some samples being processed, as well as ongoing data entry.   

If you are the recipient of a text message from the laboratory, you may find you are unable to access the site/app to which you were directed. Please be assured that you will be contacted by the TCI Ministry of Health with your results.   

The team at the NPHL and by extension the Ministry of Health remains committed to providing timely, quality service to the TCI. The Ministry is grateful for the continued patience and consideration by the public during this challenging period.    

COVID-19 Vaccination 

As of January 2, 2022 the TCI vaccination coverage stands at 81% of the population fully vaccinated, 86% with at least one dose and 13% having received a booster shot. 

The Ministry of Health would like to encourage all residents of the TCI to use all available precautions: 

  • Maintain a face covering while around others 
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet 
  • Avoid large gatherings; especially indoors 
  • Frequent hand hygiene 

VACCINATION 

COVID-19 Vaccines are available for residents 12years and older across the TCI free of cost. Booster doses are now available three months after receiving the second dose. Vaccination is one of the best measures to protect against severe disease, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health encourages unvaccinated individuals to strongly consider taking the shot, and those who are vaccinated, to take the booster!     The Ministry of Health implores everyone to play their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the TCI. Get Vaccinated, Get Boosterized, Protect yourself and Protect your loved ones! 

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