Tuesday 22 September, 2020

OPM closes one of its buildings due to suspected COVID case

The Office of the Prime Minister is located on the grounds of Jamaica House.

The Office of the Prime Minister is located on the grounds of Jamaica House.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says it has implemented protocols consistent with COVID-19 guidelines and has moved to temporarily suspend operations at one of its buildings on the property due to a suspected coronavirus case. 

In a  news release, the Permanent Secretary in the OPM, Audrey Sewell advised that the building in question will be closed Tuesday for deep cleaning activities, out of an abundance of caution.

"While there is no confirmed case, we are taking every precaution at this time. A member of staff has been advised by doctors to stay home after displaying flu-like symptoms over the weekend. The employee did not turn up for work on Monday and has been responsible, by reporting the matter to the Director in charge of the division. As a precautionary measure, I made contact with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and we were advised to close the building for 24 hours and facilitate deep cleaning," said Sewell.

The building in question, the release said, houses limited clerical office operations at the OPM and is not heavily trafficked or frequented by staff or visitors.

The building is not linked to the executive building and poses no exposure to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, stated the release.

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