Monday 23 November, 2020

67 more confirmed COVID-19 cases nationally

Jamaica’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases is now up to 1,413, with the addition of 67 new positive results within the last 24 hours into Saturday afternoon.

Also, within the 24-hour period, 29 more persons have recovered, and have been discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 817 or 58 per cent.

Of the 67 newly confirmed cases, there are 31 males and 36 females, with ages ranging from eight months to 77 years. They have addresses in Kingston and St Andrew (21), St Thomas (22), St Catherine (12), Clarendon (six), St James (two), St Elizabeth (one), Hanover (one), Portland (one), and St Ann (one). 

Eleven of the 67 new cases are contacts of confirmed cases; one is an imported case from the Dominican Republic, and 55 cases are under investigation.

At present, of the 1,413 confirmed positives, there are 434 imported cases; 448 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; 125 are local transmissions not epidemiologically linked; and 170 cases are under investigation.

Some 766 or 54 per cent of the total confirmed cases are females, and 647 or 46 per cent are males, with ages ranging from two months to 89 years.

There are now 508 or 35.9 per cent active cases being monitored, including five who are moderately ill and four who are critically ill.

Some 71 or 5.0 per cent of the affected persons have returned to their countries of origin, while 16 or 1.1 per cent have died.

One COVID-19 case is classified as a coincidental death. This individual died in hospital from traumatic wounds and was found to be COVID-19 positive upon routine testing.

Pharmacy services for quarantine communities

The National Health Fund (NHF), an agency of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, as customary, will be filling prescriptions and providing other pharmacy services in the quarantined communities as scheduled below:

Sandy Bay, Clarendon – Tuesday, August 25

Seaforth, St Thomas – Tuesday August 25

Bamboo River, Church Hill and Lower Summit, St Thomas – August 26

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