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SMMC on “high alert” due to increased cases

PHILIPSBURG: Due to the rapid increase in active COVID-19 cases on the island and six COVID-19 patients being treated at the Auxiliary Care Facility (ACF), St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) is on high alert and urges all non-vaccinated members of the public to get the jab.

In response to the increase in active cases, SMMC has scaled up controls at all points of entry. This means that only patients with an appointment will be allowed to enter with the exception of guardians of minors and medically indicated companions and visiting hours remain suspended. 

All outpatient appointments and elective care will proceed as planned, however should the number of active cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, non-essential and non-urgent care will be scaled down to create additional space and manpower for the care of COVID-19 patients.

The ACF, SMMC off-premises COVID-19 care facility, is manned by staff of AMI Expeditionary Healthcare and SMMC and local call-up nursing staff are being asked to stand by.

The Dutch Ministry of VWS and Kingdom Hospital partners are also being engaged to set up a contingency plan regarding patient care as it pertains to support.

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