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Healthcare worker among 36 coronavirus cases in Jamaica

Jamaica has now confirmed 36 cases of the novel coronavirus, including a healthcare worker, on its shores.

Jamaica has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) yesterday, March 29, confirmed four additional cases including the 45-year-old healthcare worker who it said was in contact with a confirmed case. That person, the Ministry said is “well and in good spirit.”

The MOHW also moved to clarify that no other healthcare worker has been infected by the virus, dismissing ongoing reports that have suggested otherwise.

The other three cases include:

  •  A 34-year-old female from St James with a travel history from New York,
  • A 74-year-old female from St Catherine with a travel history from the New York and
  • A 54-year-old female from St Mary whose mode of transmission is under investigation.

The Ministry said it has tested just under three hundred samples so far and will be able to test more with increased capacity from the National Influenza Centre which is automating its extraction process of testing. That should see the number of daily tests done increase to more than 100.

Further, the MOHW said a COBAS 6800 machine is being installed at the National Public Health Laboratory, will be able to test 380 samples per eight hour day once installation and staff training are completed.

Of the country’s 36 confirmed cases, 23 are import-related and two are under investigation.