ISOLATION: This newly built section of the COVID-19 Isolation Unit, located at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, visited on Thursday, April 9, during a tour by Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, will house four patients. Overall, the entire unit can house twenty patients. This, as St. James prepares for a possible uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

As Jamaica continues its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the MInistry of Health and Wellness yesterday reported that 32 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases locally to 105.
A release from the MOH revealed that the new confirmed cases were recorded over a 24-hour period, and comprise five males and 27 females, who range in age from 19 to 70 years old. It was additionally highlighted that all the cases are from St Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew.

They bring to 34 the number of cases under investigation. Of the prior and remaining 71 confirmed cases:
• Thirty-one (31) are imported;
• Thirty-four (34) are contacts of a confirmed case; and
• Six (6) are local transmission (not epi linked).

Alorica, the Portmore, St. Catherine-based call centre which recently featured as having one of the newer COVID-19 patients, was inspected by the Ministry of Health, with the following findings observed:

  1. 258 individuals have been interviewed and sampled.
  2. 65 tests are now completed.
  3. 33 samples have come back positive.
    A senior team from the Ministry visited the entity at the weekend, and it has since been closed.
    Arrangements are now being made for the isolation of the newly confirmed cases.
    The Ministry is also working diligently to identify each of their contacts for testing, while investigations continue to identify other possible exposed persons.
    • Twenty (20) persons have recovered;
    • Twenty (20) persons are in quarantine; and
    • Sixty-five (65) are in isolation.
    We have now tested 1,290 samples, including:
    • the 105 confirmed positives; and
    • 1,185 negatives.
    St. Catherine – 36 with one death
    Kingston & St. Andrew – 21
    Clarendon – 14, with one death, 79-y/o male
    Manchester – 9
    St. Ann – 7
    Portland – 5
    St. James – 5
    St. Elizabeth – 5
    Westmoreland – 2 with one death 41y/0 male
    St. Mary – 1
    Hanover – 0, Trelawny – 0, St Thomas – 0
    As has been previously announced, Jamaica is to expand its testing for COVID-19. As part of those expanded testing efforts, the Ministry will, beginning this Friday (April 17, 2020), begin mobile testing for COVID-19 and in two health regions (the Southeast Regional Health Authority/SERHA and the Northeast Regional Health Authority/NERHA).
  7. The actions to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the best possible health outcomes for infected persons requires all our best efforts.
  8. Citizens are therefore encouraged to adhere to the various advisories from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, including prevention tips and stipulations on curfew, community quarantine as well as self-reporting.


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