Wednesday 25 November, 2020

STATIN cancels Survey of Living Conditions due to COVID-19

The Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions gathers information on health, consumption, nutrition, education, housing, demographic characteristics, and safety net programmes.

The Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions gathers information on health, consumption, nutrition, education, housing, demographic characteristics, and safety net programmes.

The Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC) has been scrapped this year due to the spread of the coronavirus, which is now in the community transmission phase on the island.

As of Thursday, some 8,600 Jamaicans had contracted the coronavirus with 179 persons succumbing to the disease.

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) which conducts the annual survey expressed that it was too dangerous for its staff to go out into the field at this time.

This marks the second time in its 32-year history that the survey will not be conducted, the first being in 2011.

Director General of STATIN, Carol Coy, made the announcement Wednesday during the institute's quarterly press briefing which was conducted virtually.

“This survey takes a little longer in the interaction between our staff and the households and we feel the risk is too great to both householders and staff. So we will not be undertaking a Survey of Living Conditions during 2020,” Coy explained.

The United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday gave an update on how the coronavirus is spread. 

According to the CDC, interactions of less than 15 minutes where people are less than six feet apart could cause the virus to spread. Previously it was said that the danger of spread between people increases after more than 15 minutes in the same space.

Coy said STATIN will continue to monitor the recommendations and guidelines established by the Jamaican Government “and will adjust our operations accordingly”.

Conducted annually since 1988, the same year Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica and briefly interrupted the survey, the JSLC collates household and individual data from a subset of the population covered by STATIN’s the Labour Force Survey. 

Information is gleaned on health, consumption, nutrition, education, housing, demographic characteristics, and safety net programmes.
 

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