COVID-19 Update: Jamaica now has 1,290 Confirmed Cases

Regrettably in the last 24 hours, Jamaica recorded its 15th COVID-19 related death. The deceased is a 74-year-old male from Clarendon. At the same time, 98 samples have tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total confirmed cases on record for the island to 1,290. Ten of the 98 samples were from the backlog, while 88 were from current samples tested. Additionally, 16 more patients have recovered and have been released from care, bringing the total recoveries for the island to 788 (61% recovery rate).

Of the newly confirmed cases, there are 52 males and 46 females, with ages ranging from four to 80 years. These cases were recorded in St. Thomas (5), Clarendon (7), St. James (4), St. Catherine (17), Kingston and St. Andrew (53), St. Mary (3), St. Ann (3), Westmoreland (2) and Manchester (4).

Ten of the new cases, were imported, eight arriving from the USA, and two arriving from India; seven are contacts of confirmed cases and 80 under investigation with one local transmission not epidemiologically-linked.

There are now 416 (32.2%) active cases being monitored, with eight moderately ill patients and one critically ill patient. Some 71 cases (5.5%) recorded in Jamaica have returned to their countries of origin.

From the total cases on record for Jamaica, there are 429 imported cases; 404 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases, 236 cases are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, 104 are local transmissions (not epidemiologically linked), and 117 cases remain under investigation.

Some 692 (54%) of the confirmed cases are females and 598 (46%) are males with ages ranging from 2 months to 88 years.


Clinical Management Summary as at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Total Samples Tested 50,683
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 1,468
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 25
Results Positive 1,290
Results Negative 49,279
Results Pending 114
Deceased 15
Recovered 788
Number in Facility Quarantine 9
Number in Home Quarantine 28,741
Number Hospitalised 31
Persons in Facility Isolation 55
Persons in Home Isolation 336
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 6
Persons Moderately Ill 8
Persons Critically Ill 1