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New COVID-19 Cases #230424
07/23/2020 04:55 AM
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DAILY HERALD ARTICLE

Can't blame it on US tourists.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230425
07/23/2020 05:19 AM
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This plane came from Florida. Is that where they were? How did they get on that plane? And since article states the casino worker's friend is one of the other cases, I guess they weren't wearing face masks. Someone will still blame the USA tourists or not.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: RonDon] #230430
07/23/2020 07:06 AM
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There were NO tourists on the flight you are referring to, it was a repatriation flight.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230436
07/23/2020 08:05 AM
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Right. Only returning locals on that plane.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: Carol_Hill] #230471
07/23/2020 04:05 PM
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They still had to have the test, correct? This just proves what we've been saying all along: a test before you actually arrive is useless.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: GaKaye] #230474
07/23/2020 04:52 PM
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From what I understand, these folks were given a test upon arrival. They were told they didn't have to have any test at ALL and they changed the rules (imagine that....) less than 24 hours before they came, so everyone had to be tested upon arrival.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: Carol_Hill] #230475
07/23/2020 05:40 PM
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If I recall they had the option of getting a test before leaving or taking one upon arrival with possible quarantine if positive.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230476
07/23/2020 05:47 PM
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There are now 10 cases on the dutch side, none being treated at SMMC as they are at home. Story here.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: wilsonck] #230477
07/23/2020 05:59 PM
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This is the problem that will keep this virus around.
"SMN News has been reliably informed that Americans that are either working or living on St. Maarten have been coming through other ports and cross over to the Dutch side of the island. Sources say these persons are traveling from San Juan then to St. Barthelemy and then to St. Maarten"

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230480
07/23/2020 06:10 PM
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SMN News is not a very reliable source.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230481
07/23/2020 06:11 PM
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Sometimes they get it right. This one is believable.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230482
07/23/2020 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Sometimes they get it right. This one is believable.

You know that to be factual?


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230483
07/23/2020 06:18 PM
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Not factual but I can see this route taken for people that are so desperate to return they'll do anything to get back on island.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230494
07/24/2020 04:14 AM
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Government of Sint Maarten
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** Minister of Public Health Updates on St. Maarten’s COVID-19 Developments **

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (VSA) Richard Panneflek hereby updates the general public today, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in order to keep the community of St. Maarten informed about the latest COVID-19 developments and the Government’s response measures.

Based on the latest available data provided by Collective Prevention Services (CPS) Epidemiologist Dr. Raissa Tjon-Kon-Fat, for today, July 23, 2020, as of 6:00 PM, St. Maarten had 94 persons with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection. 16 of these cases are currently active cases reported during the past few days. On July 21st, 2 new cases were confirmed. 3 new cases were confirmed throughout July 22nd, and 10 active cases were confirmed this evening July 23rd. To date, there have been 63 persons recovered from COVID-19 and 15 persons have passed away. Our current 16 active cases are actively being monitored by CPS and they have also initiated source and contact tracing for all cases to ensure that the virus is contained as soon as possible. Minister of VSA Richard Panneflek will host a press statement with CPS representatives in order to further update the general public tomorrow morning.

As per CPS procedures, all individuals that have been identified to have contact with a confirmed case have been placed in quarantine and have received information on COVID-19. Over the course of the quarantine period they will continue to be monitored by CPS. Persons that are required to quarantine or isolate according to CPS procedures, are required to stay at home and limit contact with all other persons, including their own family. This is the only way to ensure the mitigation of the spread of the virus. All positive cases are in isolation, with one confirmed case admitted to SMMC today, July 23, 2020.

The sudden spike in cases over the past few days which have been reported and confirmed on St. Maarten have been mainly local transmissions, of which 3 cases are confirmed as being travel related via the repatriation flight from the Dominican Republic of July 22nd. Some 143 passengers were tested at the airport over the past week as residents returned on several repatriation flights. Besides this number, GPs and CPS also send samples to be tested on a regular basis as soon as symptomatic persons make themselves known. In contrast to last March when we had our first cases, CPS, the labs and government are better equipped to deal with an outbreak. CPS is highly commended for getting contact tracing started right away on the newly reported cases which also led to new cases being identified today. CPS will continue this process to be able to contain the spread of the virus.

The virus can only spread through human movement and contact; therefore, the general public is once more urged to remain vigilant and do everything necessary to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 and keep yourself safe. We must all do our part in the fight against COVID-19 and not become complacent. The Government of St. Maarten will strictly enforce all social measures as has been constantly communicated to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 on St. Maarten.

Protect your loved ones and the public of St. Maarten by staying at home, avoiding crowded areas, maintaining proper social distancing of 2 meters from other persons, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a napkin, and always wearing a mask when out in public. The public is also encouraged to continue washing your hands often with soap and water.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay at home and call your family doctor. For additional questions or concerns, call CPS at 914. Rest assured that this Government is doing its utmost to keep the public safe. The general public is asked to cooperate to avoid any further shut downs at this time. Stay tuned tomorrow morning as Minister Panneflek and CPS will update in a press statement.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230497
07/24/2020 04:27 AM
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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: BillandElaine] #230519
07/24/2020 10:54 AM
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Wasn't it also reported that one of the new cases was a local casino worker?
That could account for the one day increase in reported cases.
Easy group spread if that business is not enforcing masks.

Everybody, locals and visitors, must follow the safety guidelines.
If not, pop up case numbers will continue.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: GaryB] #230522
07/24/2020 11:16 AM
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Several casino workers.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230549
07/24/2020 09:30 PM
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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230643
07/26/2020 03:35 PM
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36 active cases now per Dr. Soc. 1 in isolation and 1 in SMMC. The other 34 are at home isolating.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: wilsonck] #230644
07/26/2020 03:56 PM
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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: wilsonck] #230647
07/26/2020 04:29 PM
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Not a good sign for US returning August 1.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230649
07/26/2020 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Not a good sign for US returning August 1.

Or anytime soon thereafter.

But, this can NOT be blamed on US tourists.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230654
07/26/2020 06:24 PM
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Correct. I blame it on the relaxing of the locals not wearing masks and disregarding social distancing.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230668
07/27/2020 05:51 AM
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Yup....it seems like they are more interested in dealing with the confirmed cases than trying to prevent person to person transmission from untested persons. Wearing a mask when in public places will help and it's not even one of the "5 things to do" list.

This disease has only begun on SXM. Give it another month and everything will shut down....or...you can wear a mask.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230669
07/27/2020 06:34 AM
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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: BillandElaine] #230683
07/27/2020 08:12 AM
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Looks like fun!


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: Carol_Hill] #230686
07/27/2020 08:17 AM
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It was! But I sure do need a haircut!


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: BillandElaine] #230687
07/27/2020 08:18 AM
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Me too! I need a perm!!


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230700
07/27/2020 09:36 AM
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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230704
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And a mask law.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230705
07/27/2020 10:02 AM
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Quote from that story-- "De Weever did not disclose whether the country would still open to the United States on August 1 as scheduled, given these developments."


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: ruralcarrier] #230706
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August 1st is awful close to not know for sure.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: BillandElaine] #230707
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Originally Posted by BillandElaine
And a mask law.

Not sure why there isn't one with this new surge in cases.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230708
07/27/2020 10:18 AM
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Everything takes time here. Tons of bureaucracy causes island time.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: SXMScubaman] #230710
07/27/2020 11:07 AM
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I would have thought there would have been a mask law in place before.. As far as opening to the US, I'm just guessing but I think he wasn't asked that question.


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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: Carol_Hill] #230712
07/27/2020 11:44 AM
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It's always been just a suggestion to wear one.

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Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: Carol_Hill] #230720
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Does the US have a mask law?


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Some states governors have required it but doesn’t seem to have a lot of teeth in regards to enforcement.

Re: New COVID-19 Cases [Re: BillandElaine] #230723
07/27/2020 01:17 PM
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The US does not have a mask law and our esteemed governor here in Florida has also refused to order it. SXM has seemed to be more on the ball though, and more strict, which is why I was surprised by it.


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