Tracking covid-19

Jamaica Has 59 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

There are now fifty-nine (59) confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Jamaica.

The new addition is a 43-year-old male from Portland, who is under investigation.

He brings to seven (7) the number of cases under investigation while thirty (30) are imported cases and twenty-two (22) are import-related.

So far, 32 males and 27 females have tested positive. The cases range in age from twelve (12) to eighty-seven (87) years. The average age is 50 years.

Of the 59 confirmed cases:

  • 2 or three per cent are less than 20 years old;
  • 3 or five per cent are between 20 and 29 years old;
  • 11 or 19 per cent are between 30 and 39 years old;
  • 9 or 15 per cent are between 40 and 49 years old;
  • 16 or 28 per cent are between 50 and 59 years old;
  • 10 or 17 per cent are between 60 and 69 years old;
  • 7 or 12 per cent are between 70 and 80 years old; and
  • One person is 87 years old.

Eight patients have fully recovered while three have died.

There are currently 38 persons in quarantine in a Government facility. Sixty-two (62) are in isolation.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.

Preventing the spread of Covid-19

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, Contact the Ministry of Health at the numbers listed below