9 new confirmed COVID-19 cases; 1 victim passed away
September 19, 2020 6:40 pmPHILIPSBURG — The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the latest person to succumb to COVID-19. He wishes the family much strength during their time of loss. As of September 18th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however, there was a recovery of 11 persons; reducing the total active cases to 66. The total number of confirmed cases is now five hundred and seventy-four (574). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 62 people in home isolation. Four patients remain hospitalized (4) at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to 20. The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 488. One hundred and twenty-five (125) people are 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 982 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1865 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures. Minister Panneflek urges all to continue and practice the guidelines implemented for the safety of yourself, your family and our community; by wearing your masks, practicing social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.