The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board has advised the traveling public that that the Ministry of Health and Education (MOHE) and the Environmental Health Department (EHD) have continued to address the recent norovirus outbreak that occurred at a few hotels on the island of Providenciales.
The Board reported that, since the commencement of this collaborative work and with help from the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), there has been a significant decline in the number of new cases.
The health authorities and all effected properties are working together in a systematic way to further reduce the spread of the norovirus and to eliminate it completely from the TCI. In the interim, the Tourist Board reminded visitors and the resident population to follow all health and sanitary guidelines promoted by health officials and report any symptoms of gastroenteritis immediately to local health or tourism officials and/or a doctor. All resorts, restaurants, airports, seaports and all auxiliary businesses are open and providing services to residents and visitors alike.
“The Turks and Caicos Islands remains an idyllic place for a vacation for all travelers, notwithstanding the difficult past few weeks with the norovirus outbreak that challenged a few properties in our country,” said Ralph Higgs, the director of tourism. “What is important to note here is that the norovirus outbreak is coming to a close, thanks in part to the hard work of our medical team and the dedication of the resorts to move quickly to quell this problem. We want to reassure the traveling public that the destination is safe, sanitary and ready to welcome all to our shores.”