No visits allowed to St Mary infirmary as COVID-19 control measure
As the island continues to deal with cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), the St Mary Municipal Corporation has advised that members of the public will not be allowed to visit the parish's infirmary in Port Maria.
The elderly, as well as persons with significant health issues, have been declared as the groups most vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Jamaica has now confirmed 12 cases of the virus, while over 175,000 persons across the globe have been infected, with approximately 7,000 deaths recorded so far.
In a public notice issued, the St Mary's local government arm informed that, "in an effort to reduce the (likelihood of the) spread of the COVID-19 among the residents and staff of the St Mary Infirmary, the St Mary Municipal Corporation has taken the decision that with immediate effect, no visitors are allowed on the premises, and (there will be) no admission of new residents until further notice."
Meanwhile, party promoters and other residents in the northeast parish have also been impacted, as local authorities take further steps to reduce the likely spread of COVID-19 there.
The St Mary Municipal Corporation issued a second public notice indicating that it would not be "issuing Places of Amusement Permit (Party Permit) for a period of fourteen (14) days".
Additionally, all permits that were previously issued for that period of 14 days, are to be cancelled, the public notice indicated.
"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and crave your understanding as we strive to contain the (national) spread of COVID-19," added the notice.
For any further information, the St Mary Municipal Corporation has indicated that members of the public can contact the body at, 876-994-2212/2648, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
However, noticeably, the restrictions being implemented in the parish will also be impacted by the national measures restrictions that are to go into effect in relation to places of entertainment and public gatherings for at least the next week, starting on Wednesday, March 18.