In the last 24 hours, Jamaica has confirmed 544 new cases of COVID-19 infections and eight (8) deaths while hospitals islandwide remain over capacity, reinforcing the need for redoubled efforts at infection prevention and control as well as increased vaccinations.
The total number of infections seen by the island now moves to 56,709 since the first case was recorded last year while the death toll climbs to 1,276.
On the status of hospitals, facilities across the Western, Southern, and North East health regions have exceeded their COVID-19 capacity, though there is no shortage of oxygen stores. Hospitals in the South East Health Region, meanwhile, are inching closer to full capacity at 85%.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues to urge Jamaicans to remain vigilant with their mask wearing, keeping a physical distance from others and frequently washing and/or sanitising hands.
The Ministry is also encouraging Jamaicans to get vaccinated. There is an islandwide vaccination blitz on this weekend as Regional Health Authorities activate some 23 sites across 11 parishes.
Members of the public are asked to make their appointments online at https://www.moh.gov.jm or call the Vaccination Call Centre at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683). Once persons have received their appointment confirmation, they are to visit their vaccination site on time and with their TRN and government-issued identification or letter from a Justice of the Peace.
As at 9:00 am this morning, the island’s vaccination numbers were up to 393,863. Of that number, 258,466 were first doses, 134,462 second doses and 935 single doses.
COVID-19 Update for THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 2021
|NEW CASES||24 HRS||OVERALL|
|AGE RANGE||78 days to 90 years||1 day to 108 years|
|PARISH CLASSIFICATION OF NEW CASES|
|Kingston & St. Andrew||85||15,477|
|Type of Tests||PCR||Antigen Tests from Public Facilities
|Antigen Tests from Private Facilities||TOTAL|
|1021||All negatives are included in PCR tests||291||1,312|
|TOTAL TESTS TODAY
|TOTAL TESTS CUMULATIVE
|DEATHS IN COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS|
|Deaths under investigation||0||107|
|RECOVERIES & ACTIVE CASES|
|Number in Facility Quarantine||12|
|Number in Home Quarantine||39,400|
|Patients Moderately Ill
Patients Critically Ill
|Step Down Facilities||0|
|TRANSMISSION STATUS OF COVID-19 CASES|
|Contact of a Confirmed Case||0||2,790|
|Local Transmission (Not Epi Linked)||0||2,845|
*COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS: (July 31 – August 11, 2021)
- A 94-year-old Female from Trelawny whose death was previously under investigation
- A 49-year-old Male from Trelawny
- A 47-year-old Female from St. Ann
- A 36-year-old Male from St. Mary
- A 70-year-old Female from Clarendon
- A 47-year-old Female from Clarendon
- A 65-year-old Male from St. Elizabeth
- A 40-year-old Female from Manchester
 Based on data for RT-PCR and Public Sector COVID Rapid Antigen Testing