COVID-19 Clinical Management Summary for Thursday, August 12, 2021

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
Confirmed Cases 544 56,709
SEX CLASSIFICATION    
Females 328 31,827
Males 216 24,879
Under Investigation 0 3
AGE RANGE 78 days to 90 years 1 day to 108 years
   

 

 
PARISH CLASSIFICATION OF NEW CASES    
Clarendon 26 2,927
Hanover 35 1,684
Kingston & St. Andrew 85 15,477
Manchester 71 3,617
Portland 6 1,662
St. Ann 38 3,928
St. Catherine 54 10,776
St. Elizabeth 53 2,360
St. James 81 5,538
St. Mary 2 1,754
St. Thomas 4 2,153
Trelawny 42 1,873
 

Westmoreland

47 2,960
     
COVID-19 TESTING    
Type of Tests PCR Antigen Tests from Public Facilities

 

Antigen Tests from Private Facilities TOTAL
POSITIVES Today

 

372 169 3 544
Cumulative POSITIVES

 

50,797 3,039 2,873 56,709
NEGATIVE today

 

1021 All negatives are included in PCR tests 291 1,312
Cumulative NEGATIVES

 

296,082 162,765 458,847
TOTAL TESTS TODAY

 

1,393 169 294 1,856
TOTAL TESTS CUMULATIVE

 

346,879 3,039 165,638 515,556
Positivity Rate[1]  34.6%    
DEATHS IN COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS    
Deaths 8* 1,276
 

Coincidental Deaths

0 168
Deaths under investigation 0  107
RECOVERIES & ACTIVE CASES    
 

Recovered

24 47,389
 

Active Cases

7,678  
QUARANTINE MANAGEMENT    
Number in Facility Quarantine 12  
Number in Home Quarantine 39,400  
 

HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

   
Number Hospitalised

 

359  
Patients Moderately Ill

 

81  
 

Patients Critically Ill

34  
NON-HOSPITAL ISOLATION    
Step Down Facilities 0  
State Facilities 8  
Home 7,243  
TRANSMISSION STATUS OF COVID-19 CASES    
Contact of a Confirmed Case 0 2,790
Imported 1 1,062
Local Transmission (Not Epi Linked) 0 2,845
Under Investigation 543 49,776
Workplace Cluster 0 236
           

*

*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

[1] Based on data for RT-PCR and Public Sector COVID Rapid Antigen Testing