Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Another COVID-19 death in Jamaica; fatal tally now at 13

A 13th COVID-19 patient has died in Jamaica within the last 24 hours into Friday afternoon.

The deceased is an 88-year-old female from Clarendon, who was admitted to a public health facility in the parish on Tuesday, August 4.

Confirmation of her COVID-19 positive status came on Friday, the Health Ministry said..

The mode of transmission is currently under investigation.

At the same time, 29 new samples have tested positive for COVID-19 over the same 24-hour period. This brings the total number of confirmed cases for the island to 987.

Of the newly confirmed cases, nine are females and 20 are males, with ages ranging from 15 to 88 years.

There are 12 imported cases with addresses in St James, who all arrived recently on a flight from the Dominican Republic.

There are two cases from Clarendon, with both being import-related (contacts of an imported case), while one case from St Thomas is a contact of a confirmed case.

Fourteen of the new cases are under investigation and were recorded in St Thomas (5), Kingston and St Andrew (4), Clarendon (2), St. Mary (1), Manchester (1), and St Catherine (1).

Jamaica now has 177 (17.9 per cent) active cases under observation, including seven moderately ill patients.

Recoveries remain at 745 (75.5 per cent), while 52 (5.3 per cent) cases have returned to their countries of origin.

The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica now consists of 364 imported cases; 281cases that are contacts of confirmed cases;62 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine, and 44 cases are under investigation.

Some 550 (56 per cent) of all the confirmed cases are females, and 437(44 per cent) are males. They range in age from two months to 88 years.

The public is being reminded to be vigilant in the practice of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, including the frequent washing of hands with soap and water; maintaining the prescribed six-foot physical distance from other; and wearing a mask when in public spaces.

Visitors and returning residents are reminded that they must comply with quarantine orders to help to protect their own health and the health of others.

Further information can be had from the Ministry of Health and Wellness via phone at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683) or email at covid19@moh.gov.jm

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