Monday 28 September, 2020

11 new positive COVID-19 cases among 35 now hospitalised

Within the last 24 hours into Monday afternoon, Jamaica has seen a record increase in the number of positive COVID-19 hospitalisations.

The total hospitalisation, including confirmed and suspected positive cases, stands at 35. This number includes eight patients who are moderately ill, representing the highest ever count of moderately ill patients with the virus locally.

As the country manages 100 (11 per cent) active cases, 11 new positives were identified within the 24-hour period, which brought the total number of confirmed cases on record for the island to 905.

At the same time, recoveries remained at 743 (82.1 per cent), while 50 (5.5 per cent) cases have returned to their countries of origin.

The newly confirmed cases consist of six females and five males, with ages ranging from six to 76 years.

Nine of the cases have addresses in St Thomas, and are contacts of confirmed cases.

One case is from St Catherine, and is a contact of a confirmed case.

The remaining case is an imported one, with the individual having arrived recently on a flight from the United States. The individual stayed in St Ann.

Details on recent deaths

Two COVID-19-related deaths were announced on Sunday, August 2. One case was a 64-year-old male from Clarendon, who died on July 21, 2020, while the second case was a 73-year-old female from St Thomas, who died on July 31, 2020.

Both cases were detected through the hospital respiratory surveillance system, and COVID-19 confirmation came after their deaths.

The two patients had multiple comorbidities, and died within hours of presenting at the accident and emergency departments of two public hospitals, where they were undergoing treatment.

Classification of cases

The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica now includes 341 imported cases; 258 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 26 cases are under investigation.

Some 512 (57 per cent) of all the confirmed cases are females, and 393 (43 per cent) are males. They range in age from two months to 87 years.

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