Friday 23 October, 2020

37-y-o COVID-19 patient dies in Jamaica; 20 new cases in 24 hours

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that another COVID-19-positive patient has died in Jamaica.

The latest deceased from the virus locally is a 37-year-old male from St Catherine.

The local transmission and not epidemiologically linked case brings to 14 the total number of COVID-19-related deaths for the island.

At the same time, within the last 24 hours into Sunday afternoon, Jamaica recorded 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the case total for the island to 1,023.

Recoveries remained at 745 (a 72.8 per cent recovery rate), while the country is currently managing 206 (20.1 per cent) active cases, including six moderately ill patients.

There is no critically ill patient at present, and 58 cases (5.7 per cent) have returned to their countries of origin.

The newly confirmed cases consist of 14 females and six males, with ages ranging from four months to 66 years. Of the new cases, one is an imported case with an address in St Thomas; nine are contacts of confirmed cases with two from St Mary and seven from St Thomas; and 10 of the new cases are currently under investigation, with these being from St Thomas (nine) and Kingston and St Andrew (one).

Of the cases from St Thomas, 13 are related to investigations of cases in the Church Corner Community Quarantine area in the parish.

The COVID-19 case record for Jamaica now consists of 375 imported cases; 312 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 76 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St Catherine; and 24 cases are under investigation.

Some 573 (56 per cent) of all confirmed cases are females, and 450 (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 others; 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

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