‘We will get through this’—Norman Dunn reassures nervous residents amid St Mary quarantine

Keeping socially distant MP for South East St Mary Dr Norman Dunn was out encouraging residents affected by the just-announced two-week quarantine for sections of the parish on Thursday. (Photo: Facebook @Dr.DunnJLP)

Member of Parliament in South East St Mary Dr Norman Dunn has urged residents in sections of the parish under quarantine not to panic as measures are taken to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the parish.

The affected communities of Enfield, Dover, Annotto Bay and Epsom all fall under Dunn’s stewardship, and were ordered quarantined for an initial 14-day period as of 6:00 am Thursday, May 7.

Dunn, in a statement Thursday afternoon, said that while he feels the weight of the collective unease around the quarantine, he is confident that as with many other obstacles before, the parish and her residents will overcome the coronavirus outbreak.

“Early this morning, the Ministry of Health and Wellness placed sections of South East St Mary, in particular Annotto Bay, Dover, Epsom and Enfield under quarantine, in an effort to contain further spread of COVID-19 in the parish,” he began.

“I know this might cause some level of anxiety and fears but I am encouraging all persons to remain calm, especially those in quarantine areas, stay home and continue to follow all Ministry of Health and Wellness guidelines and instructions from the security forces,” Dunn added.

Dr. Dunn further disclosed that in the coming days, in conjunction with efforts by the Government and private-sector partners, he and his team will be in the communities to assist with any unforeseen economic challenge as well as to ensure the rights of all residents are protected and preserved.

Dr. Dunn speaks with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Thursday, who, along with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) are manning checkpoints across sections of St Mary as the parish is the latest area being targeted for quarantine. (Photo: Facebook @Dr.DunnJLP)

“I assure you that we will get through this challenge like we always do – by working together. Remember to be vigilant in protecting yourself and family from contracting COVID-19,” the MP said.

Dunn seemingly wasted no time after the quarantine was announced, setting out to several of the affected communities as he sought to allay growing anxieties many are experiencing in the face of the new restrictions to movement and commerce in parts of St Mary.

The parish has confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 so far, with at least eight instances since Sunday (May 3).

For days leading up to the quarantine announcement, Dunn and his team had been delivering care to those most vulnerable in the local coronavirus outbreak, an initiative he will looking to ramp up.

My team continues to distribute #WeCare food packages, sanitization items and #DunWidIt masks to our most vulnerable…

Posted by Dr.Norman Dunn/South East St Mary/JLP on Friday, May 1, 2020

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