Thursday 24 September, 2020

Four more confirmed COVID-19 cases; 27 patients recover

Jamaica has recorded its highest number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from isolation within a 24-hour period. The total number of recoveries reported on Monday increased by 27, and now stands at 238 (a 42.8 per cent recovery rate).

In the meantime, four new samples have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 556.

There is one critically-ill patient, while the health authorities continue to monitor 309 active cases.

Three of the new cases are imported, from the Jamaicans who were processed at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny recently. These cases consist of a 29-year-old female and two males, 30 and 55 years, all from St Ann. A total of 12 repatriated Jamaicans who were processed in Falmouth, have now tested positive for COVID-19. The fourth case is a 28-year-old female from St Catherine, who is a contact of a confirmed case.

Jamaica now has 65 imported cases; 213 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases (25 cases are import-related, 72 are related to local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked), 100 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St Catherine, 16 are contacts of confirmed cases under investigation); 27 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 235 are employees of the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 16 cases are under investigation.

Some 330 (59 per cent) of all confirmed cases are females, and there are 226 (41 per cent) males, with the overall ages ranging from two months to 87 years.

With some 357 new samples tested within the last 24 hours, Jamaica has now tested a total of 10,570 samples, including 9,985 negatives and 29 pending.

Processing of repatriated Jamaicans completed

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) on Monday completed the processing of 1,027 Jamaican ship workers at the Falmouth Pier. For Monday, May 25, 384 persons disembarked and were tested for COVID-19 and later transported to a Government quarantine facility. Of the total number of persons who disembarked, 630 are currently in Government quarantine, one in hospital, 384 in home quarantine, and 12 in Government isolation.

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