More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative

I have been writing so much (too much?) about what is now called COVID-19 in the past few weeks, including a Caribbean update yesterday for Global Voices. I just want to keep people informed. Today it’s good news for Jamaica, as three patients who were in isolation have tested negative for COVID-19.

Medical staff learning about testing for COVID-19. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Wellness)

The other good piece of news is that, as of today, Jamaica has the capacity to test patients for the virus right here – instead of having to send off samples overseas and wait for two or three days for them to come back. This is thanks to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), who organized the training of medical personnel.


Two other patients test negative for Novel Coronavirus

KINGSTON, Jamaica. February 13, 2020. The Ministry of Health and Wellness is advising the public that the test results for all three patients who were placed in isolation for investigation of the Novel Coronavirus have come back negative.

The results for the second and third patients were received today (Feb 13) from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), following on the receipt of the first from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday (Feb 12).

The first patient, who had arrived in Jamaica on January 30, presented at the Annotto Bay Hospital and was later isolated for further investigation. The public was informed on February 10 and February 12 respectively of the second and third person being put in isolation.

In the case of the second, the individual had an elevated temperature, which was detected while in quarantine. The third individual was put in isolation after being detected with a fever on arrival at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on February 11. All three patients will now be discharged, given their negative test results.

The Ministry is reminding the public that quarantine and isolation procedures are in place to allow for the detection and early investigation of all persons who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Ministry is also reminding the public that infection prevention precautions, such as frequent hand washing; coughing and sneezing in tissue and discarding it; as well as avoiding contact with ill persons must be practiced by all. Further, persons who are having flu-like symptoms must stay away from other persons to prevent the spread of infection.

Training for testing for COVID-19 taking place in Jamaica. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Wellness)



2 thoughts on “More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative

    1. We are keeping our fingers crossed! I believe we are as prepared as we can be, but you are certainly right that our health sector already faces such major challenges that we all know that response will be limited, given our constraints.


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