Thursday, July 02, 2020

~Outbreak Management Team (OMT) remains activated until further notice~

CAYHILL: As per May 11th, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has gradually resumed non-emergency health care services to the public as all COVID-19 has been transferred outside the hospital to the ICU tent and the Medical Mobile Pavilion (MMP). As of May 12th, 2020, there is one (1) patient admitted to the MMP.

The patient, who previously tested positive and was previously admitted for COVID-19, is considered cured and non-infectious, however due to pre-existing health conditions remains at the MMP for non-COVID care. Arrangements are being made for this patient to be transferred to another facility for the continuation of this care.

Chairman of the OMT and SMMC’s Medical Director Dr. Felix Holiday said “As COVID-19 is a new disease, one that the world is learning how to manage it and the potential threat of another surgeon the island still exists, SMMC’s OMT remains activated until further notice. This is to ensure the continuation of our COVID care and capacity and to continue with the preparations to ensure the continuation of this care during hurricane season and we will keep the public updated via our Facebook page ( and via press releases to various media outlets”.

SMMC extends their gratitude to their entire staff and volunteers, the AMI team, the Government of St. Maarten, ESF6,  civil servants especially their colleagues at the Ambulance Department, the HCLS/SLS labs, the Dutch Ministry of VWS, the Dutch Marines, SMMC suppliers, local General Practitioners, all organizations, companies and individuals who have made donations, and the people of St. Maarten for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic. SMMC encourages the public to remain vigilant, to continue practicing proper hand hygiene, wear a face mask and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. “I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘Peter Gunn’ reruns and on and on. Now these were white guys and they were tough but fair and even-handed,” he told The Associated Press in a recent email, referring to popular programs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I remember a ‘Dragnet’ episode where tight-ass Joe Friday solved racism among black and white officers in a weekend retreat. But I was a kid growing up in South Central and even then some part of me knew a lot of this was jive. We knew the cops out of Newton and 77th Division policed the ’hood a lot different than shown on TV.”

NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”