A statement issued by the Ministry stated: “We wish to emphatically state that no doctor,
nurse or any member of the frontline staff in the public health system or private
practice in Jamaica has tested positive for COVID-19 and that there are no healthcare
workers excluded from the count of positive cases in Jamaica.
“We do acknowledge that an interview was given by the Minister of Health and
Wellness, Dr. the Honourable Christopher Tufton, MP. During the interview with the
Sunday Gleaner, a range of questions were posed and answers given on several
Matters, including general testing of persons and frontline healthcare workers, and
whether these tests were positive and included in the announced 19 cases.
“We indicated that some members of the frontline staff have been in quarantine, due to exposure to
COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, but all have tested negative and are serving the
quarantine period of 14 days.
“To safeguard our first responders, including nurses and doctors, Jamaica has
established a protocol to randomly test our healthcare team for COVID-19 and those
who may have unknowingly come in contact with a suspected COVID-19 case, they
undergo the requisite quarantine and testing protocols.
“At the same time, through the daily media briefings, press releases, interviews and
snapshot dashboards, the Ministry has been fully transparent, as it relates to the
number of persons tested for COVID-19, those in quarantine, isolation and the
number of persons, who would have come to Jamaica from a country of interest.
As at Friday March 20, Jamaica has tested a total 89 cases at the National Influenza
Centre, 19 cases have come back positive and 70 have been negative for COVID-19.”