|NEW CASES||24 HRS||OVERALL||NOTES|
|AGE RANGE||20 years to 80 years||1 day to 104 years|
|PARISH CLASSIFICATION OF NEW CASES|
|Kingston & St. Andrew||7||3,886|
|Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours||2|
|DEATHS IN COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS|
|Deaths||3||298||An 81 years old male from St. James.
An 87 years old male from Kingston and St. Andrew.
An 89 years old male from St. Ann.
|Deaths under investigation||1||26|
|RECOVERIES & ACTIVE CASES|
|Number in Facility Quarantine||62|
|Number in Home Quarantine||27,687|
|Patients Moderately Ill||9|
|Patients Critically Ill||8|
|Step Down Facilities||0|
|TRANSMISSION STATUS OF COVID-19 CASES|
|Local Transmission (Not Epidemiologically linked)||0||917|
|Contacts of Confirmed Cases||0||1,524|
|Cases Related to the St. Catherine Workplace Cluster||0||236|
Health & Wellness (28)
By Alphanso Gomez
Some may say it is premature but when it comes to Covid-19 every little bit of success is worth a big song and dance.
It was music to my ears to learn that Jamaica had only recorded 9 new positive Covid-19 cases for the 24-hour period of December 27 and 20 for the 24-hour period of December 28.
These are the kind of figures we were looking at back in March when the Pandemic first hit us. Unfortunately the current numbers being reported also included 3 deaths of persons up around the 80 year old mark.
Where praise is earned it should be given gratuitously and so kudos and big to to the Most Hon. Andrew “Brogad” Holness, Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, all the staff at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and all the frontline workers who put their own lives at risk daily to contain the Pandemic.
It has been tough going but praises could not be too much for the people of Jamaica (The responsible ones) who faced this disaster bravely and stood as a buffer between complete disaster and a partial recovery.
Now that vaccines are being rolled out in numbers all Jamaica needs now is its shipment so that the situation can be contained at current levels.
There are many Jamaicans who have sworn that they will not be taking the vaccine when it becomes available. One thing we are good at as a country are conspiracy theories.
Why should we be worried? We are in a great position; we are seeing millions being vaccinated before it even gets to us so we will have a a lot of time to make an informed decision. How fair would it be for most of the nation to be trying to protect themselves and the reckless thinking of a few would possibly keep this deadly virus laying latently to mutate and attack again?
It would be a welcome move, certainly by me for the government to make the the administration of the vaccine mandatory (Of course here comes human rights on the soap box). But what about the rights of the rest of us to be healthy and secure from this monster?
Knowing our Prime Minister I am sure he wouldn’t choose that route but he’s going to have to rely a lot on ‘moralsuasion’.
The polio vaccine of the 1980’s was only about 60 per cent effective. These vaccines have efficacy rates of up to 95 per cent.
It is sadly ironic that those who are u in arms about the vaccines still take their newborns to get their jabs to protect them from the myriad diseases that threaten normal growth and development. Do those babies have a say in whether they get MMR and other vaccines? One thing is for sure, they can’t enter school without evidence of having being vaccinated.
Perhaps a similar approach can be thought out around the Covid-19 vaccine. I am confident that the Prime Minister and his erstwhile Cabinet will find the right solution.
Help is on the way…again Yippee Yeah…let’s keep the numbers down.
Stay blessed and healthy.
Six new samples have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 1,071.
The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that in the last 24 hours, 2 samples have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica to 473.
The National Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that in the last 24 hours, 6 samples have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has rubbished a Gleaner story that stated that members of the healthcare service tested positive for COVID-19.
Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) and the Western Children’s and Adolescent’s Hospital in Montego Bay, St. James, are poised to be the most modern public health facilities in the Caribbean.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund, JSIF, will be embarking on a massive infrastructure upgrade project for four health centres in St James at a cost of 156 million dollars.
Jamaica has so far refused entry to 27 visitors, as it steps up its travel ban on certain individuals arriving from China.
The St. Joseph's Hospital in Vineyard Town, St. Andrew is to be converted into a quarantine facility as part of the Health Ministry's response to the threat of the coronavirus.