COVID-19 Update: Jamaica Now Has Community Transmission


This afternoon, the day after Election Day, Minister of Health and Wellness informed us at a press briefing that Jamaican has entered a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, called “community transmission.”  I have been wrestling with this term for a little while – at first thinking that it was a highly technical term that … More COVID-19 Update: Jamaica Now Has Community Transmission

At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19


This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues


So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)


Here’s an update from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the current situation regarding COVID-19 in Jamaica. Note the information on the cases under investigation. Are these early signs of “community spread”?  Jamaica now has sixty-nine (69) confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The four (4) new cases are: A 52-year-old male … More COVID-19: Jamaica Has 69 Confirmed Cases (Saturday, April 11)

COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv


Here are a couple of useful websites, before I forget to share them: This one is for people to do a self-assessment for COVID-19, and for employers to check on employees’ status. There is another general one that is updated with local and global states, where you should self-report if you have arrived in Jamaica … More COVID-19 in Jamaica, Physical Distancing, and a Tale of Two Press Briefings tv

Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined


I am posting below the latest update this evening (Thursday, March 19, 2020) on COVID-19 in Jamaica, from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, along with details of an announcement in Parliament by the Prime Minister. Here also is the dashboard with updated numbers: Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced this evening in Parliament that Corn Piece Settlement, … More Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined

Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful


As we keep saying to each other: “The heat is on!” We are all shocked by the soaring temperatures across the island. On June 22, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica recorded the highest temperature on record in Kingston – just over 39 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Professor Michael Taylor of the Climate Studies … More Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

The Importance of Oral Health and the Generosity of “Dr. G”


Are you afraid of the dentist? As a child, I remember an overwhelming fear. I had bad teeth (I think we ate too many sweeties growing up in the UK) so there were regular visits. One sunny summer’s day, I tried to escape from the dentist’s chair. As he turned away for a second, I … More The Importance of Oral Health and the Generosity of “Dr. G”

August 28, 2013


It has been a strange week, so far. But there are many strange weeks in Jamaica. One just has to keep on going. The death of Dean: A dark shadow arrived yesterday: The horrible murder of a good and kind Jamaican, Dean Moriah. We first met Dean fifteen or more years ago. We were immediately … More August 28, 2013