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JAMAICA COVID-19 UPDATE | Jamaica now has 364 positive COVID-19 Cases

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
  • Published in Health
KINGSTON, Jamaica April 27, 2020 - The number of confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Jamaica has risen to 364 in the last 24 hours. This is the word from Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton at a press briefing this evening at Jamaica House.

Dr. Tufton told the press briefing that hat  two samples from yesterday’s announcement were repeat samples for patients who were already confirmed positive and awaiting discharge. This would have brought the number of cases to 348.

CASE NUMBERS

Dr. Tufton said 143 (39%) confirmed cases are male and 221 (61%) are female, while the ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

Of the  sixteen new additions there are  7 males and 9 females, ranging in age from 3 years to 77 years.
Seven (7) Cases are associated with the Alorica workplace cluster, one (1) case is a contact of a confirmed case and eight (8) are under investigation.

CASE CLASSIFICATIONS

There are now:

34 imported cases;

8 that are local transmission with no epidemiological link;

94 contacts of a confirmed case.

46 that are under investigation

182 cases are connected to a workplace cluster

WORKPLACE CLUSTER – QUARANTINE STILL IN EFFECT

The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to advise that the quarantine orders for all employees of the Alorica Call Centre remain in effect.

All employees must remain at home until they are contacted by the St. Catherine Health Department, even if the 14-day period of quarantine has expired.

Those employees who are experiencing anxiety or stress associated with the wait for their test results are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Helpline at 888-New-LIFE (639-5433).

TESTING

So far, 3,621 samples have been tested:

364 are positive;

3,231 are negative; and

26 are pending.

ISOLATION & RECOVERY

There are 334 persons in isolation and 92 in quarantine in a Government facility.

Twenty-nine (29) persons have recovered and seven have died.

PUBLIC APPEAL

Members of the public are reminded to reduce their risk of COVID-19 by: Staying at home, Avoiding crowds, Frequently washing and sanitising hands. Jamaicans are also encouraged to cover their mouths and noses if sick or when out in public.

CONCLUSION

Ministry of Health and Wellness Clinical Management Summary as at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020
Number of samples tested 3,621
Samples tested in the last 24 hours 360
Number of samples that returned positive results 364
Number of deaths 7
Number of persons recovered and discharged 29
Total number of hospitalised patients (including patients who are COVID-19 positive and/or suspected COVID-19 positive) 98
Number of persons critically ill 2
Number of persons moderately ill 6
Number of persons in facility isolation (outside of hospital) 140
Number of patients in stepdown/transitional facilities 24
Number of persons in home isolation 72
Number of persons in quarantine at a Government facility 92

Last modified onWednesday, 29 April 2020 20:14
  • Countries: Jamaica