Sunday 12 July, 2020

Norwood in St James now under community COVID-19 surveillance

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) on Friday afternoon began community surveillance activities in Norwood, St James.

The move comes on the heels of confirmation of several positive COVID-19 cases among persons in the community.

The index case has been isolated in a Government facility and so far 13 close contacts were tested, resulting in seven positives, two negatives and four samples pending.

Extensive surveillance is currently being carried out by some 40 members of a healthcare team, including nurses, public health inspectors, public health nurses and community health aides.

The team has started house-to-house visits and assessments of the residents for respiratory symptoms. Residents with symptoms and those who the health team deems are at high risk, will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine orders served, where appropriate.

“We wish to remind the public of the need for increased vigilance in the maintenance of the quarantine orders that have been issued to persons who recently returned to the island. There is also the need to maintain the infection prevention and control practices, such as the washing and sanitising of hands frequently, the wearing of masks in public spaces and around persons who are in quarantine, the covering of coughs with a tissue and disposing of it in the nearest receptacle, and the sanitising of high frequency areas in your homes,” cautioned, Errol Greene, Regional Director of the WRHA.

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