Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise

There are now 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.  A recent update from the National Influenza Centre showed that of the nine pending results, seven samples tested negative, while two were positive for COVID-19.

The two new cases are:

  • a 48-year-old female from St. Elizabeth with a travel history from Boston/Atlanta, USA, who arrived on the island on March 24 and
  • a 13-year-old male from Kingston & St. Andrew. His mode of transmission is under investigation.

There are now twenty-four (24) imported cases, eleven (11) import-related, and three (3) cases are under investigation.

In one of its latest updates, the Ministry was advised of the death of one of its recovering COVID19 patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Reports are that the patient was found unresponsive and was noted to have had a cardiac arrest. Resuscitation measures were unsuccessful.

In the meantime, a second patient [Patient 3.1, from St. James] has recovered from COVID-19 and released from the hospital.


Jamaica has now confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19. 
The announcement was made by Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton during a press conference. 
He said the six new cases are linked to the Corn Piece community in Clarendon, which is still under quarantine. 
Of the 44 confirmed cases, 24 are imported, 17 import-related and three still under investigation.
In the meantime, the Health Minister said the third COVID-19 related death is a 41 year old male from Westmoreland who travelled from the UK. He suffered renal failure and died today. 

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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