An Update on COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home

The Ministry of Health and Wellness gave us a short update today on the situation at the Golden Age Home in Kingston, where testing has been under way. The “first case,” (a somewhat impersonal phrase) – died yesterday – along with a resident of the St. Elizabeth Infirmary in Black River. Both institutions are the responsibility of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

So now, what are the protocols for follow-up testing? Since the testing is “complete,” I hope it will be ongoing. It also appears that there has been some slip-up on the protocols, so there is now a need for monitoring, “corrective measures,” and daily visits from the Ministry. I would have thought that the staff had already been trained in light of the pandemic, but some re-training doesn’t hurt!

Meanwhile, Founder and Executive Chair of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jean Lowrie-Chin has suggested that members of the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) could assist with the inspection of nursing homes and infirmaries. I strongly support this call. It’s a case of all hands on deck, I think.

Here I am at the Golden Age Home a few years back, giving a lovely gentleman a Christmas present while volunteering with JN Foundation.

COVID-19 Testing completed at Golden Age Home

  • 87 Positives Identified, one Death

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The Kingston & St. Andrew Health Department has completed testing at the Golden Age Home in St. Andrew.

Of the 620 residents and staff members tested over the three-day period, 87 results have returned positive for COVID-19, while 533 were negative. The 87 positive cases include 65 residents and 22 staff members. All the positive cases remain stable and asymptomatic, except for the first case, who has since died.

In the meantime, a meeting was held with the management team and cleaning service provider to outline the corrective measures to be taken at the facility. Training of staff members and the service provider commenced on Monday, October 26, 2020. The daily visit by medical officers will continue, as the health team ensures that the positive cases are isolated appropriately and that they are monitored closely.  

The Ministry of Health & Wellness continues its work with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to ensure that the emergency protocols continue to be observed and that all the infection prevention and control measures are in place.

Staff at the Golden Age Home with their Christmas gifts during a visit from Food for the Poor. (My photo)

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