People who came in contact with escaped St Mary man won’t be quarantined

Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, with Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton (centre), and Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry Dunston Bryan. (Photo: File)

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, says there is no need to quarantine people who may have come into contact with the St Mary man, who escaped from quarantine Monday evening (March 10).

Dr Bisasor McKenzie explained that quarantine would only have been necessary if the man, Kemar Bailey, had shown symptoms of COVID-19, which would make him contagious.

Her comments came during this morning’s Ministry of Health media breakfast on COVID-19 preparations. She added that under the ministry’s Quarantine Act, people can face penalties for breaking quarantine, but there was no need in this case.

Bailey arrived in the island on Saturday, March 7 and was placed at the quarantine centre in Kingston. He asked, and was allowed to retrieve a bag with personal items from someone at the gate of the facility, and whilst doing so, he jumped into a white Nissan Tiida motor car which sped off with him.

He was picked up by the police and a team from the Ministry of Health in the company of a woman in the Waltham Park Road area 2:00 am Tuesday.