A Quick Update on COVID-19 in Jamaica: Now at 432 Confirmed Cases

There is much more to talk about, as today (May 1) the quarantine orders on the parish of St. Catherine were lifted. The parish continues to have by far the highest number of cases (251), with Kingston and St. Andrew behind at 93 cases. Clarendon now has 33 cases. By the way, registered fisherfolk are now also allowed to return to sea, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness; this was announced in Parliament on April 28.

Fishermen in Old Harbour Bay. (My photo)

However, I am just quickly sharing the latest numbers from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Note: yesterday we received the sad news of an eighth death, that of a 63-year-old woman from St. Catherine. My deepest condolences to her family. To keep up to date on COVID-19, as well as to obtain background information and find topics such as immigration, quarantine and self-reporting, go to this website.


COVID-19 Update: Jamaica now has 432 Confirmed Cases

  • 10 new cases; 2 additional recoveries

 KINGSTON, Jamaica. Friday, May 01, 2020: The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that in the last 24 hours, 10 samples have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 432.

Of the 10 new cases, there are 2 males and 8 females, with ages ranging from 2 years to 49 years. The new cases comprise of one (1) employee of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, seven (7) contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and two (2) persons are under investigation.

There are now 205 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the workplace cluster. The cases are primarily from the parishes of St Catherine and Kingston and St. Andrew.  Their ages range from 18 to 53 years. They include 154 females and 51 males. Of note following investigations one (1) previously confirmed case was reclassified and placed within the workplace cluster.

At this time, Jamaica has 35 imported cases, 140 cases are contacts of a confirmed case, 9 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically-linked, and 248 are under investigation (205 of those under investigation are linked to the workplace cluster). Some 266 (62%) of the confirmed cases are females and 166 (38%) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

Three Hundred and Forty-one (341) samples were tested in the last 24 hours at the National Influenza Centre and the National Public Health Laboratory, bringing the total number samples tested to date to 4,779 with 432 positives, 4,307 negatives and 40 samples pending.

There are now 446 persons in isolation and 88 in quarantine at a Government facility. Eight (8) persons have died, while two (2) additional patients have recovered and have been released from hospital, bringing the total recovered and released to 31.

Ministry of Health and Wellness

Clinical Management Summary as at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020

Total Number of samples tested 4,779
Samples tested in the last 24 hours  341
Number of samples that returned positive results 10
Number of deaths 8
Number of persons recovered and discharged 31
Total number of hospitalised patients (including patients who are COVID-19 positive and/or suspected COVID-19 positive) 86
Number of persons critically ill 1
Number of persons moderately ill 11
Number of persons in facility isolation (outside of hospital) 203
Number of patients in step down/transitional facilities 23
Number of persons in home isolation 134
Number of persons in quarantine at a Government facility 88

Yesterday (April 30) the Ministry reported on the following:

Cases at the Health & Wellness Ministry

The Kingston & St. Andrew Health Department has advised the Ministry that 19 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. This is following the sampling and testing of over 300 employees from its New Kingston Offices.

In keeping with the Ministry’s protocols, the buildings of the Ministry were temporarily closed for deep cleaning and sanitization. Contact tracing was done and employees at risk for exposure were tested and placed in quarantine. Directly affected employees have been provided with counseling services and care packages.

Additional changes will be implemented at the Ministry to include scheduling of employees to reduce the volume of persons in the offices at any one time and work-at-home protocols for more of the technical staff.

The Ministry wishes the public to note that its operations for the COVID-19 response is still being managed from the National Emergency Operations Centre and wishes to thank all the officers, who have remained on duty during these challenging times. We are committed to the management of the epidemic to ensure the reduction of risks to the population.

Wash your hands!

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