COVID-19 active cases increase by another nine to 202. 11 Hospitalized and two in Isolation | SOUALIGA NEWSDAY

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - As of August 17th, St. Maarten has confirmed nine new cases of persons who have tested positive for the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The new total of confirmed cases now stands at 326.

Of the active cases, the Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring 189 people in home isolation. The Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) the honorable Richard Panneflek stated, “we now have two hundred and two (202), active cases of persons who have contracted COVID-19.”

Eleven 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 107. Five hundred (500) 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 606 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1311 people throughout the community. As the numbers of positive cases continue to increase, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Source: Souliga Newsday