Monday 23 November, 2020

72 more COVID-19 cases recorded locally

Within the last 24 hours into Wednesday afternoon, 72 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded in Jamaica.

The new cases bring the total number on record for the island to 1,804.

Over the same period, recoveries increased by six, bringing total recoveries to 846 (a 47.8 per cent recovery rate).

Of the newly confirmed cases, 45 are females and 27are males, with ages ranging from five years to 81 years.

Seven cases are contacts of a confirmed case and 65 are currently under investigation.

The cases were recorded in Kingston and St Andrew (22), St Catherine (18), Clarendon (11), St Thomas (eight), St Ann (four), Manchester (three), Hanover and St Mary (two each), and St Elizabeth and St James (one each).

Seven moderately ill patients and four critically ill patients are among the 867 (48.1 per cent) active cases now under observation in Jamaica.

Seventy-one of the cases recorded on the island have returned to their countries of origin. 

Some 30,134 persons of interest are quarantined at home, while 16 remain in quarantine at Government facilities.

Jamaica now has 440 imported cases; 509 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 154 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 465 cases are under investigation.

Fifty-five per cent (988) of all the confirmed cases are females, and the remaining 45 per cent (816) are males.

The ages of all the confirmed cases on record range from two months to 92 years.

Bed capacity in hospitals

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported that there are some 200 beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients in the public health system, with 107 of those beds being occupied by COVID-19 patients receiving care.

The ministry said the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew and the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas have so far reached their bed capacities on the COVID-19 wards.

The ministry said the necessary protocols and logistics are in place to admit and transfer patients to any of the relevant facilities in the public health system.

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