“The Virus Is Still Out There”: COVID-19 in Jamaica – Travel, Tourism, More


Some people have asked me if I am going to do another update on COVID-19. We had two back-to-back press briefings and an online event with the Minister of Tourism, which I missed, at the end of this week. But first here are the latest numbers: We have two new cases today – June 14 … More “The Virus Is Still Out There”: COVID-19 in Jamaica – Travel, Tourism, More

Ministry of Health and Wellness Urgently Seeking to Contact Passengers on Three JetBlue Flights: COVID-19


We are still trying to cope with travelers. Please note and share with anyone who has been traveling recently:  Passengers on JetBlue FIights urged to contact Health Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica. March 20, 2020:  The Ministry of Health & Wellness wishes to urgently make contact with all passengers, who travelled on the following flights: JetBlue Flight … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Urgently Seeking to Contact Passengers on Three JetBlue Flights: COVID-19

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information


STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica


It seems that the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is by no means finished with us yet. Earlier today, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a press briefing (full audio here) that:  “As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there are 24,363 confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in China, and 490 deaths. … More Coronavirus, Influenza and Dengue Fever Updates for Jamaica

A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica


It has been quite a week for Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton, who updated the Jamaican Parliament on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Wednesday, January 29. On the following day, the World Health Organization announced a global health emergency – and health officials around the world had a re-think on what measures were appropriate to prevent … More A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica

A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake


It started off as quite a normal Tuesday. I attended the launch and signing of the contract for a major health program – the Health Systems Strengthening Programme – at the Courtyard Marriott. I will provide more details in my next blog post; suffice it to say that it is the largest health infrastructure program … More A Nervous Tuesday: That Virus, and an Earthquake

JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!


At the risk of boring my readers, may I remind you that I am still in recovery mode – struggling up the hill towards the complete fitness of my right wrist. It seems a little like Sisyphus at times (you know, the guy who keeps rolling the rock uphill only to have it slip down again) … More JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!

168 Sites Registered for International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018!


Here’s an update on International Coastal Cleanup Day 2018. This year the flagship cleanup in Kingston will be at the Go Kart Track on Palisadoes (turn right just before you reach Norman Manley International Airport). Teams wishing to volunteer at any of the sites must register online by 12:00 noon on September 6!  Here is the … More 168 Sites Registered for International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018!

Climate Change Public Forums This Weekend at the Denbigh Show


Who said climate change isn’t real? Jamaicans are staggering under the weight of the blistering summer heat. Yesterday (August 3) was the hottest day of the year, according to the Meteorological Service: 36.9º C at the Norman Manley International Airport. In fact, this was the highest recorded temperature since 1993.  Well, we have to keep … More Climate Change Public Forums This Weekend at the Denbigh Show

Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017


Phew! It has been oppressively hot again this week, and the mosquitoes have gone into overdrive. I am afraid to venture into my front yard, where the grass is getting too long. Our dogs are silent during the day. I know how they feel… June was a horrible month for murders. 141 Jamaicans were murdered up … More Weekend Review – What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 1/2, 2017