PHILIPSBURG:--- As of August 13th, St. Maarten has confirmed fifteen new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 263.
Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 135 people in home isolation. The Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) the honorable Richard Panneflek stated “we now have one hundred and forty-four (144), active cases of persons who have contracted COVID-19.” Seven patients are currently hospitalized and two patients 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 is 102. Three hundred and sixty-five (365) 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 532 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1105 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 avoid mass gatherings, continue to wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands as frequently as possible, and wash your hands with soap. We are aiming for a COVID free St. Maarten, and together we can accomplish this goal if we follow the mandatory guidelines.