PHILIPSBURG— As of August 4th, at 22:00, St. Maarten has confirmed six new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stand at 156.
Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 73 people in home isolation. Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) the honorable Richard Panneflek has stated “we now have seventy-six (76), active cases of persons who have contracted COVID-19.”
Two patients are currently hospitalized and one patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 16.
The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten earlier this year remains at 64. One hundred and eleven (111) people are now in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS on persons who may have been in contact with any of the 76 active cases.
In a continued effort to control, the spread of the virus CPS has now tested 261 people at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 839 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to increase for positive cases, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.
Minister Panneflek urges all to stay at home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, and contact your family doctor. In efforts to work towards reducing the spread of the virus, continue to wear masks in public places, maintain social distancing, sanitize your hands and wash your hands with soap frequently. These are the only steps that we as a community can practice to reduce the spread of the virus.