Tag: Health


COVID-19 Cases Climb In Jamaica

Jamaica’s daily COVID-19 case count has passed 400. The Ministry of Health has reported that 433 cases were confirmed from 4,336 samples on Sunday. This resulted in a positivity rate of 34 percent. Ninety-five patients are in the hospital. Three are critically ill. At the same time, five more COVID-19-related deaths were confirmed. The fatalities occurred during the period from […]


Monkeypox Spread Raises Alarm

With more than 90 cases of monkeypox confirmed in at least 12 countries, health officials have warned that all the necessary precautions should be put in place to offset any spread of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen […]


COVID-19 Positivity Rate Rise To 37.9 Percent In Jamaica

The infections were confirmed from 2,688 samples, resulting in a positivity rate of 37.9 percent. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have declined by four to 74. Two of the patients are severely ill and one is in critical condition. Three more COVID-19-related deaths have been confirmed. The deaths – two in St. Catherine and one in Westmoreland – occurred in August last […]


Gov’t Monitoring 5th Wave Of COVID-19 – PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the country and will take appropriate action if required. “Clearly, if our monitoring shows that we need to take certain preventative actions, we will very quickly and very rapidly mobilize. We have never demobilized; we are still prepared and ready to act,” […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Jumps To 23.8%

Jamaica’s COVID-19 positivity rate has increased to 23.8 percent amid the presence of the highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 variant. The Ministry of Health says 89 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Monday from 2,216 samples. Hospitalizations from the virus have reached 37, up from 28 on Sunday. One of the patients is severely ill while two are in critical condition. Two […]


PAHO Continues To Partner With Member States To Boost Take-Up Of Vaccines

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to partner with member countries having low COVID-19 immunization coverage, to boost the take-up of vaccines. PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, who notes that there are adequate doses available “to meet demand everywhere in our region”, says the organization has been collaborating with stakeholders in planning and implementing national vaccine delivery strategies. “We […]


Jamaica — Drastic Decline In COVID-19 Hospitalizations

The Ministry of Health has reported 10 more COVID-19 related deaths in Jamaica. The death toll is now 2,825. Five of the deaths occurred in St. Catherine, four in St. Ann, and one in St. Mary. At the same time, COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined to less than 100. Ninety-seven patients remain in hospitals. Seven of them are severely ill and […]


Jamaica Reports 584 New COVID-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health is reporting that 18 more people in Jamaica have died from COVID-19. The death toll from the virus has increased to 2,635. Eight of the deaths were recorded in Kingston, five in St. Catherine, and two in Portland, while St. Mary, St. Ann, and Manchester each had one. The fatalities occurred in the period from January […]


PAHO Sets Goal of 70 Percent Vaccination Rate By Mid-2022

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is looking to facilitate the vaccination of at least 70 percent of the collective population of Latin American and Caribbean member countries against the coronavirus (COVID-19) by mid-2022. Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, who notes that more than 60 percent of people in these states have been fully immunized, says PAHO’s Revolving Fund will shortly […]


COVID-19 Cases Grow In Jamaica

Jamaica’s public hospitals are restricted to conducting emergency care services only. This move comes on the back of several of the island’s public hospitals having to deal with the increased pressure of the growing number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases. There is also decreased staff coverage as many healthcare workers are out sick. Up to Sunday, there were some […]