COVID-19 cases climb to 488

by May 8th, 2020

The country’s confirmed COVID-19 case tally has climbed to 488.


This after the National Influenza Centre and the National Public Health Laboratory reported 10 new positive test results yesterday.


Among the 10 new cases, are eight females and two males. Their ages range from four to 39 years.


The Health Ministry said 421 samples were tested yesterday.


Ninety-nine samples were repeat tests for persons-of-interest as well as patients in quarantine and isolation respectively, while 322 were new samples.


The Ministry said Jamaica has now tested 6, 417 samples, with 5, 887 negatives, and 42 samples pending. Six persons are under investigation, including three from the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, and four persons, who are contacts of confirmed cases.


There are now 224 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the St. Catherine workplace cluster. They are primarily from St. Catherine and Kingston and St. Andrew.


There are now 447 patients in isolation and 155 persons are in quarantine at a government facility.


One additional patient has recovered, bringing the total to 58.