A Note on Hospital Visits (COVID-19)

Here’s a “New Rule” on hospital visits for Jamaica. As we know, it’s customary for an entire family or group of friends to visit a sick person in hospital. As of today, all that has changed. Hospital patients, choose your visitors carefully!

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Hospitals taking only one visitor per patient

KINGSTON, Jamaica. 18 March 2020. Hospital visits are now reduced to once per day and to one visitor per patient, as the Ministry of Health and Wellness pursues efforts to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Also, operations at Outpatient Clinics in public hospitals have been scaled back while some services at Type I and Type II facilities are suspended. Food Handlers Clinics are also suspended.

These steps are to allow public health nurses and public health inspectors to assist in the contact tracing process for persons exposed to COVID-19.

In the meantime, members of the public are reminded to take the following steps.

  • STAY HOME if you are ill and having fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • Maintain a distance of at least one metre from other persons.
  • Frequently perform hand hygiene by washing hands thoroughly with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer if hands are not visibly soiled.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then discarding it.
  • And resist the habit to touch your face.

Further, public gatherings and non-essential travel are discouraged.

For more information, contact the Ministry of Health & Wellness at the COVID-19 lines: 888-754-7792 and 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683). Additional numbers to call are 876-542-5998, 876-542-6007 and 876-542-6006.

In addition to the numbers provided, information and updates on COVID-19 can be found at the Ministry’s website at https://www.moh.gov.jm and social media platforms @themohwgovjm. Members of the public may also email covid19@moh.gov.jm or jacovid19facts@gmail.com.

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Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton met virtually with physicians two days ago. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Wellness/Twitter)

3 thoughts on “A Note on Hospital Visits (COVID-19)

  1. Another important rule is don’t go to the hospital for any reason unless you think you’re going to die otherwise. It’s very important.

    On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 12:53 PM Petchary’s Blog wrote:

    > petchary posted: “Here’s a “New Rule” on hospital visits for Jamaica. As > we know, it’s customary for an entire family or group of friends to visit a > sick person in hospital. As of today, all that has changed. Hospital > patients, choose your visitors carefully! Hospitals t” >

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    1. Yes, this is true! People habitually turn up at the hospital for all kinds of ailments, even minor ones. The Health Ministry is urging people to call them first and get advice. They may often advise people to just stay put, I am thinking…

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