NOW 288: Two-month-old baby among Ja’s latest confirmed COVID-19 cases

Dr Christopher Tufton’s health ministry is reporting 288 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) on Friday reported 31 new cases of the COVID-19 over, which pushed the number of confirmed infection to 288.

The new cases are comprised of 12 males and 19 females, who range in age from two months to 72 years.

Twenty-five of the 31 cases are associated with the Alorica business process outsourcing entity in Portmore, St Catherine and six are under investigation, the ministry said.

Read the full statement from the MOHW below:

Jamaica now has 288 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with the addition of 31 new cases over the last 24 hours.

The 31 additions come in the wake of the island having boosted its testing capacity with the commissioning of the new COBAS machine at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston. It complements the testing being done at the National Influenza Centre, also in the capital.

There were 304 tests done over the last 24 hours, 205 at the National Public Health Laboratory and 99 at the National Influenza Centre.

Meanwhile, the 31 new positives are comprised of 12 males and 19 females, who range in age from two months to 72 years. Further, 25 of the 31 are associated with the workplace cluster in St Catherine and six are under investigation.

Jamaica now has:

34 imported cases;
—8 that are local transmission with no epidemiological link;
—155 that are local transmission linked to the workplace cluster
—68 that are contacts of a confirmed case; and 23 under investigation.

So far, 2,518 samples have been tested. In addition to the 288 that have returned positive results: 2,221 are negative and 9 are pending.

There are 288 persons in isolation and 91 in quarantine in a government facility. Seven people, including a four-year-old child, have died. Twenty-eight (28) persons have recovered.

“The team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness expresses condolences to the family of our latest and youngest person to have died from COVID-19, who had a chronic co-morbid condition,” said Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.

“We urge Jamaicans to remain vigilant in their infection prevention and control measures—including physical distancing and frequent handwashing with soap—as we work to disrupt the transmission of COVID-19,” he added.