An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Christopher Tufton updated the Lower House this afternoon on the situation regarding COVID-19 and the possibilities regarding a vaccine. It’s really a mixed picture of some successes, some concerns – and otherwise hanging in there and continuing to believe that “this too shall pass.” I have highlighted a few … More An Update on COVID-19 and the Vaccine from the Health and Wellness Minister

COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston

This is not very encouraging news, breaking on this rainy Sunday night. 74 positive cases from 125 samples seems a very high positivity rate. Meanwhile, I have not heard any more news about the situation at Mustard Seed Communities, another faith-based organization serving extremely vulnerable Jamaicans – where there has also been an outbreak. UPDATE: … More COVID-19 Cases at Missionaries of the Poor in Downtown Kingston

CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

The Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) has expressed grave concern at the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Golden Age Home in Kingston – the largest such facility in the English-speaking Caribbean. Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton gave an update on the situation at this evening’s press briefing… You may well recall that … More CCRP Jamaica Expresses Concern at COVID-19 Outbreak at Golden Age Home

COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

The Ministry of Health and Wellness held two press briefings this week – the first, with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, was to break the news of the outbreak at the Golden Age Home in Kingston. First of all, our latest COVID numbers (which are posted daily after 10:00 a.m. on the … More COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: Golden Age Home, Mustard Seed, and More

Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home

As a member of and volunteer for the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), the non-governmental organization that advocates for the needs of our senior citizens, I have regularly asked about the condition of care homes in Jamaica at the weekly COVID-19 briefings with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. I have been assured that … More Health, Local Gov’t Ministries Uncover COVID-19 Cluster in Senior Citizens’ Home

Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

Today, October 1, 2020, is the International Day of Older Persons. The theme (like most other themes for discussions and commemorations, these days) includes reference to the ever-present virus: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing? According to the United Nations: “Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in … More Older Persons in Jamaica: COVID-19, Fierce Determination, and a Little Disco Dancing

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

CCRP Welcomes Special Provisions for Senior Citizens on Election Day

With Election Day just a few days away, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has been putting out information on how to vote and our focus is on the day itself. I have already expressed my own views on whether the elections should have been held at this time, especially in light of the irresponsible … More CCRP Welcomes Special Provisions for Senior Citizens on Election Day

A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know

It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of July. The time seems to go slowly in one sense – when are we going to come out of the woods on COVID-19? – and at the same time seems to hurry along. Now, on the eve of the Emancipation/Independence national holidays (August 1 … More A COVID-19 Update from Jamaica: What We Know, and What We Don’t Know