Friday 10 July, 2020

COVID-19 community surveillance begins in West Kingston

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The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) on Thursday began community surveillance activities in West Kingston following recent confirmation of five cases of COVID-19 in the area.

The affected persons are contacts of a confirmed case involving a person who recently returned to the island from the United States.

Some 100 health staff, including nurses, public health inspectors, public health nurses and community health aides, are conducting house-to-house visits and assessments of the residents for respiratory symptoms.

Residents with symptoms and those who the health team deem to be at high risk will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine orders served, if necessary.  

A release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Thursday said groundwork in the community was started on Wednesday, with personnel from the Kingston and St Andrew Health Department doing health education and community engagement activities, which was scheduled to continue on Thursday.

It was expected that the community surveillance activities would have been completed on Thursday.

The ministry is reminding members of the public of the need for increased vigilance in the maintenance of the quarantine orders that have been issued to persons who recently returned to the island.

The ministry also reminded of the need to maintain the infection prevention and control practices, such as the washing and sanitising of hands frequently, the wearing of masks in public spaces and around persons who are in quarantine, the covering of coughs with a tissue and disposing of it in the nearest receptacle, and the sanitising of high frequency areas in homes.

Members of the public are also being reminded that when persons return to the island and are in quarantine, other members of the household are to maintain at least six feet in distance and ensure that the person is kept apart from individuals at risk in the household, such as the elderly and persons with comorbid illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes and asthma.

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