Jamaica records 8th COVID-19 death

by May 1st, 2020

Jamaica has recorded its 8th coronavirus related death.


In a statement last evening, the Health Ministry revealed that the deceased is a 63-year-old female from St. Catherine, who was a contact of a confirmed case.


Meantime, the Ministry has reported an additional 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s tally to 422.


The Ministry’s surveillance unit said, of the 26 new cases, there are 9 males and 17 females, with ages ranging from 8 months to 63 years.


Three are employees of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 9 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 6 are contacts of other confirmed cases, and 8 are under investigation.


There are now 203 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine. Their ages range from 18 to 53 years.


The cases include 153 females and 50 males, who are primarily from the parishes of St. Catherine and Kingston and St. Andrew.


Jamaica now has 35 imported cases, 125 cases are contacts of a confirmed case, 9 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked and 253 are under investigation.


203 of those under investigation are linked to the workplace cluster.


Some 259 or 61% of the confirmed cases are females and 163 or 39% are males.


The ages of confirmed patients range from 2 months to 87 years.


Some 461 samples were tested in the last 24 hours at the National Influenza Centre and the National Public Health Laboratory, bringing the total number of samples tested to date, to 4,439, with 422 positives; 3, 997 negatives, and 20 samples pending.


The Health Ministry said there are now 427 persons in isolation and 87 in quarantine at a government facility.


Eight persons have died, while 29 patients have recovered and have been released from the hospital.