Record number of COVID-19 recoveries for Jamaica

Jamaica has recorded the highest number of recoveries in a day since COVID-19 first visited the island’s shores in March.

The last 24 hours have seen 26 additional Jamaicans recovering from COVID-19, putting the total number of recoveries at 171, up from 145 a day earlier.

This 171 puts the island’s recovery rate at 32.3% even as there are currently no seriously ill cases.

Meanwhile, Jamaica has nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19, also in the last 24 hours, putting the total number of cases for the island at 529.

The new cases, who range in age from 17 to 53 years, are:

  • Six (6) males recently repatriated from the United Kingdom
  • (2 of Portland addresses, 2 of St. Ann addresses, 1 from St. Catherine,
  • and 1 from St. Mary);
  • One (1) male employee of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, who is also of an address in that parish;
  • One (1) male contact of a confirmed case from the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, who is also of an address in that parish; and
  • One (1) male from Kingston and St. Andrew, who is a contact of a confirmed case under investigation.

There are now: 234 confirmed COVID-19 cases related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 50 imported cases; 206 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 26 that are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; and 13 that are under investigation.

Some 317 or 60% of the confirmed cases are females while 212 or 40% are males. The cases continue to range in age from 2 months to 87 years.

Some 492 samples were tested in the last 24 hours – 193 of those new samples and 299, discharge samples. The 193 new samples tested for COVID-19 bring the total number of samples tested on the island to 9,021.

Of that 9,021, in addition to the 529 positives, there are 8,420 negatives and 72 pending.

 

EXTRA:  Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 PM on May 20, 2020

Total Samples Tested 9,021
Samples tested in the last 24 hours 193
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 299
Results Positive 529
Results Negative 8,420
Results Pending 72
Deceased 9
Recovered 171
Number in Facility Quarantine 310
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

24
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0
Persons in Facility Isolation 205
Persons in Home Isolation 132
Persons in Transitional Facilities 10