Sunday 29 November, 2020

Two more confirmed COVID-19 cases locally; tally now 511

The National Surveillance Unit in the Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that two new samples have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) within the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 511.

In the meantime, three more patients have recovered and have been released from isolation, bringing the total recoveries to 121.

The two new cases are females from the Corporate Area and St Catherine. One case is a 20-year-old employee in the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and the other is a 45-year-old contact of a locally transmitted (not epidemiologically linked) case. 

There are now 225 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the workplace cluster, primarily from St Catherine and the Corporate Area. Their ages range from 17 to 53 years, and consists of 169 females and 56 males.

Jamaica now has 41 imported cases; 195 cases are contacts of confirmed cases, which include: 25 cases are import-related, 59 are related to local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked), 96 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 15 are contacts of confirmed cases under investigation.

Additionally, there are 24 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, and 251 are under investigation (225 of those under investigation are linked to the workplace cluster, and 26 others.)

Some 307 (60 per cent) of all confirmed cases are females, while 204 (40 per cent) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from two months to 87 years.

Of the 511 cases confirmed with COVID-19, 121 have recovered (23.7 per cent), and nine (1.8 per cent) persons have died. There are now 381 (75 per cent) active cases, of which there are no moderately or critically ill patients.

There are 420 patients in isolation and 317 persons of interest in quarantine at a Government facility. This is while the parish health departments are actively tracing 1,405 close contacts of confirmed cases.

The National Public Health Laboratory and the National Influenza Centre have tested to date, a total of 7,946 samples, with 7, 375 negative results, and 60 samples are pending.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: