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22 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, one more COVID related death.

richardpanneflek23042020PHILIPSBURG:--- The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the person who succumbed to Covid-19 today. He wished the family much strength during their time of bereavement. As of September 23rd, there were twenty- two (22) persons who tested positive for COVID-19, however, there was a recovery of five (5) persons; bringing the total active cases to seventy- eight (78).
The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and six (606). The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 74 people in home isolation. Four (4) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 has increased to 21.
The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is 517. Eighty- three (83) 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 1009 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1929 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.
Minister Panneflek expressed that the jump in positive cases today are results that reflect testing was done over the past three (3) days, as there was a backlog at the laboratory. In efforts to control the spread of the virus, wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

Cooperation: President Gibbs encourages health authorities to act quickly to establish a joint health protocol.

frenchdutchjointmeeting23092020MARIGOT:--- The President of the Collectivity of Saint-Martin, Daniel Gibbs, participated this Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in the cooperation meeting organized in the prefecture, in the presence of the deputy Prefet Sylvie Feucher, the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten Silveria Jacobs, the director from the Regional Health Agency of Guadeloupe and the Northern Islands, Valérie Denux and their respective teams.
Competent in matters of public health, the State and Sint Maarten authorities discussed the establishment of joint health protocols for both parts of the island as part of the fight against the spread of Covid19. The creation of a common screening center and the application of similar health rules animated the discussions. President Daniel Gibbs is particularly satisfied with the holding of this meeting and the desire for health cooperation displayed by the health authorities of Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten.

The president, who has been calling for this cross-border cooperation for several months, urged the health authorities to act quickly, by implementing this health cooperation protocol as soon as possible. Madam Denux has indicated that she will make a concrete proposal to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten by the end of next week. Silveria Jacobs favored this method. Following the new restrictions announced by the Minister of Solidarity and Health, Olivier Véran, who placed Guadeloupe in the maximum alert zone and decided to close the bars and restaurants of the archipelago from Monday, September 28, President Gibbs recalled the socio-economic issues for Saint-Martin if such a measure were to be applied. For the President, as the positive cases have dropped significantly on both parts of the island, where restaurants on Sint Maarten are open, where protocols are already strict in establishments on both parts of the island and where a reflection is currently underway to harmonize the prevention protocols, it would be inappropriate to apply this restriction.
For the President, as the positive cases have dropped significantly on both parts of the island, where restaurants on Sint Maarten are open, where protocols are already strict in establishments on both parts of the island and where a reflection is currently underway to harmonize the prevention protocols, it would be inappropriate to apply this restriction.
The health authority has indicated that for the time being these new restrictions are applied only to Guadeloupe. The northern islands are therefore not concerned.
The president also insisted on the need to strengthen preventive actions and health protocols in our territory, on the one hand, to contain the spread of the virus and confirm the declining statistics recorded in recent days, and on the other share allow socio-professionals to stay in business to save their business.
"While we have been calling this cooperation since March, it is now urgent to fully enter into a phase of concrete health cooperation with Sint Maarten".
President Gibbs expressly calls for the parallelism of forms and the harmonization of screening protocols, in particular on the mandatory test deadlines for entry into the territory (72 hours for European countries, 120 hours for Sint Maarten). It also asks that the health authorities meet as quickly as possible to determine the technical methods of applying the joint measures (operating method, location of the screening center, financing of operations, setting up of a rapid test at the two airports. , Princess Juliana and Grand Case L'Espérance
Both President Gibbs and Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs recalled their joint priorities: protecting populations, reviving the economy without relaunching the epidemic!
On this last point, everything will depend on the behavior of our fellow citizens.
"If we want to prevent the new restrictions for bars and restaurants from being extended to Saint-Martin, we will have to act with full responsibility, be even more respectful of barrier gestures in public space and the family sphere, and thus prevent the epidemic from rising again, ”concluded the President of the Collectivité, who calls for everyone's vigilance in this tense health context.

Officers in training conducted traffic controls in the Philipsburg area.

controlskpsm23092020PHILIPSBURG:--- In the continuous efforts of the Sint Maarten Police Force to upgrade and further develop the training of its newly recruited officers in training classes; the BPO4 class held yet another traffic control on the Philipsburg area.
During this control, several cars were stopped and checked for proper documentation of the vehicle. This control was done under the supervision of two senior police officers of the uniform division.
The drivers received fines and warnings for not having their driving license or insurance with them and also for driving without a seatbelt on or other technical defects on their vehicles.
These types of traffic controls will be continued in the future. The
The police force is asking the drivers to have all their documents for the vehicle with them when driving on public roads and remember to adhere to the traffic rules.


KPSM Press Release.

Machete-wielding suspect still at large.

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in connection with the serious assault with a machete. The assault took place in Philipsburg, Down Street on Sunday, August 9th, 2020.
On that evening in question, officers encountered a male victim with initials S.B.O, on the ground suffering from severe lacerations to his on his back and torso. The only information police have received to date, is that the victim was attacked by a machete-wielding man.
The victim had two surgeries over the last few weeks but is still suffering from the injuries he suffered during the attack in August.
Members of The Detective Department is asking for eyewitnesses within the community to come forward and assist with the solving of this crime.
Persons having information into this case are asked to, contact the Sint Maarten Police Force, at +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line on 9300 (free of charge). You can also visit the website at to report crime anonymous via the tip contact form. Or you can leave a Private Message via our Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten) if you know or suspect something.


KPSM Press Release.

Minister Doran: Electrical inspection process goes digital.

jurendydoran23092020PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment & Infrastructure (VROMI), the Honorable Egbert J. Doran, announces that the Department of Inspection will be transitioning to an online electrical inspection application form in efforts of progressing towards a digitally operating Ministry.

Minister Doran noted that this initiative is part of an existing plan to transition the Ministry of VROMI’s application services online. The digital application form was prioritized following a recent agreement between the Ministry and N.V. GEBE, who was previously tasked with providing the electrical inspection cards to electricians. Henceforth, this service will solely be executed by the Ministry of VROMI.

The Department has been working closely with a team comprised of members from VROMI, ICT and Computech to design a web portal that will digitize the entire electrical inspection process. The team is working diligently to expedite the process in order to minimize any inconveniences.

The Minister further stated that the realization of this project comes at a crucial time when minimal physical contact is favored due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In the interim of the official launch, persons can collect the application forms at the Department of Inspection at the Government Administration Building.

Minister Doran commends everyone involved, for their commitment and participation. It is a great achievement for the Ministry in transitioning to becoming digitally operational.

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