Five new COVID-19 cases, 10 more recoveries for Jamaica

Jamaica has recorded five new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional recoveries in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases are now up to 758 while recoveries have moved to 615.

Three of the new positives are males and two are females, with ages ranging from 22 to 45 years. All five are imported cases with addresses in St. Catherine (2), Kingston and St. Andrew (1), St. James (1) and St. Elizabeth (1). All five arrived in the island on flights from the United States.

Jamaica now has 240 imported cases while 236 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and 7 are under investigation.

Of the 758 confirmed cases, 426 or 56% are females and 332 or 44% are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years. Further, of the 758 confirmed cases to date, in addition to the 615 or 81.1% who have recovered, 19 or 2.5% have repatriated and 10 or 1.3% have died.

There are currently 114 or 15% active cases under observation, with no moderately or critically ill cases among them.

Testing numbers now stand at 28,088, with 27,272 negatives and 58 pending, in addition to the 758 positives.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020

Total Samples Tested 28,088
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 252
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 7
Results Positive 758
Results Negative 27,272
Results Pending 58
Deceased 10
Recovered 615
Number in Facility Quarantine 6
Number in Home Quarantine 13,918
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

3
Persons in Facility Isolation 0
Persons in Home Isolation 106
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 5
Persons Repatriated 19
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0

COVID19 Update: Two New Recoveries, No New Cases

Two more COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been released from care in the last 24 hours. Recoveries now stand at 605 (80% Recovery Rate). At the same time, no new cases of COVID-19 were recorded today. The island’s cumulative number remains at 753. 

There are 119 (16%) active cases currently under observation in Jamaica, while 19 cases have been repatriated to their countries of origin. There are no moderately or critically ill persons among the active cases at this time.

Three persons-of-interest are in quarantine at government facilities, while some 13, 028 are quarantined at home. The parish health departments are currently following 310 close contacts of confirmed cases.

The case classification remains unchanged with 235 imported cases; 236 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and seven are under investigation.

The majority of all confirmed cases are females with 424(56%) and the remaining 329 (44%) are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020

Total Samples Tested 27,836
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 305
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 1
Results Positive 753
Results Negative 27,022
Results Pending 61
Deceased 10
Recovered 605
Number in Facility Quarantine 3
Number in Home Quarantine 13,028
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

10
Persons in Facility Isolation 3
Persons in Home Isolation 101
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 5
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0

Dengue Outbreak over for Jamaica

Continued vigilance encouraged

The Chief Medical Officer of Jamaica, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie has declared that the island’s dengue outbreak is now over. This comes as the data from the Ministry’s National Epidemiology Unit showed that for the last four consecutive months of 2020, the number of dengue cases reported was below the epidemic threshold. March saw 37 dengue cases, two in April, eight in May and two in June.

The Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, made this revelation during  his sectoral presentation recently. At the same time, he cautioned members of the public to remain vigilant against this disease, which is in country all year round.

“It is necessary, that persons continue to maintain the vigilance in the practice of the measures to reduce the mosquito population, including searching their surroundings weekly for breeding sites and destroying them; covering water-storage containers; and punching holes in cans and bottles before discarding them”, Dr. Tufton said.

The Minister also used the opportunity to thank the Vector Control Team and external partners, who played a role in getting Jamaica to this stage. “I want to take the opportunity to thank the Vector Control Unit and the entire public health infrastructure for its focused attention to prevent, control and treat dengue,” he said.

Since late 2018, the Ministry has put several measures in place to minimise the impact of vector-borne diseases and dengue in particular.  These measures included:  a massive communication and behaviour change campaign that sought to reinforce the principle of personal responsibility for health; employment more than 1,000 vector control workers; increasing the number of dedicated vector control vehicles by some 71%, up from 25 to 85 at a cost of more than $289 million; and collaboration with the municipal corporations and the National Solid Waste Management Authority for the removal of bulky waste that harbour and provide a safe haven for the dreaded Aedes aegypti.

Even as the annual anticipated rainy season and even in drought, where water storage of water increases, the Ministry will continue its activation of its mosquito-control activities, including a public education campaign, home inspections and the destruction of breeding sites, and fogging.

Members of the public are encouraged to play their part to control mosquito-borne diseases by keeping surroundings free of debris; destroying or treating potential mosquito-breeding sites; wearing protective clothing; using a DEET-containing mosquito repellant and, as much as possible, staying indoors at dusk with windows and doors closed.

Persons may call the Ministry of Health & Wellness at 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683) with any reports or concerns.

Jamaica’s COVID-19 cases up to 753

The last 24 hours have seen Jamaica recording two (2) new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed positives for the island to 753.

The new cases include one male, age 44, and one female, age 55. The male is a Jamaican citizen of a St. James address. The female is a tourist, who had accommodations in St. Ann and was repatriated.

There are now 235 imported cases while 236 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and 7 are under investigation.

The majority of the confirmed cases are females (424 or 56%) and the others (329 or 44%) are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years.

 

RECOVERIES

Of the 753 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date; 603 or 80% have recovered while 19 or 2.5% have repatriated and 10 or 1.3% have died. There are 121 or 16% active cases currently under observation. There are no moderately or critically ill persons among the active cases at this time.

The island’s testing numbers are now up 27,531, including the 753 positives, 26,722 negatives and 56 pending.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Total Samples Tested 27,531
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 174
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 0
Results Positive 753
Results Negative 26,722
Results Pending 56
Deceased 10
Recovered 603
Number in Facility Quarantine 8
Number in Home Quarantine 9,305
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

12
Persons in Facility Isolation 3
Persons in Home Isolation 101
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 5
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0

Jamaica has 751 COVID-19 cases

The last 24 hours have seen Jamaica recording six new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed positives for the island to 751.

The new cases consist of two (2) males and four (4) females with ages ranging from 19 to 48 years. All are imported cases, who recently came into the island on flights from the United States (5) and Canada (1). These cases have addresses in St. Catherine (1), St. Ann (1), St. James (1), Hanover (1), and St. Elizabeth (2).

There are now 233 imported cases while 236 cases are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and 7 are under investigation.

The majority of the confirmed cases are females (423 or 56%) and the others (328 or 44%) are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years.

Of the 751 cases confirmed with COVID-19 to date; 600 or 79.9% have recovered while 17 or 2.3% have repatriated and 10 or 1.3% have died. There are 124 or 16.5% active cases currently under observation. There are currently no moderately or critically ill persons among the active cases.

The island’s testing numbers are now up 27,357, including the 751 positives, 26,548 negatives and 58 pending.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Total Samples Tested 27,357
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 215
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 1
Results Positive 751
Results Negative 26,548
Results Pending 58
Deceased 10
Recovered 600
Number in Facility Quarantine 8
Number in Home Quarantine 8,455
Number Hospitalised
(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)
19
Persons in Facility Isolation 3
Persons in Home Isolation 101
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 3
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0

COVID-19 Update: Eight More Recoveries, Eight New Cases

Eight more COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been released from isolation, bringing the total recoveries to 599 (80.4% Recovery rate). At the same time, eight new imported/import-related cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours. Jamaica now has on record 745 COVID-19 cases. 

The new cases consist of five males and three females with ages ranging from 20 to 52 years. Six cases have been classified as imported, having arrived on flights from the USA recently. Those have addresses of residence in St. Catherine (2), St. James (2), Westmoreland (1) and St. Ann (1). The other two cases are contacts of imported cases (import-related), residing in St. Catherine (1) and St. James (1).

There are now 121 (16.2%) active cases under observation in Jamaica, while 15 (2%) cases were repatriated to their country of origin. There is no moderately ill or critically ill patient at this time.

A total of 6,906 persons-of-interest are in home quarantine, while eight are quarantined at government facilities.

Jamaica now has 227 imported cases; 236 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and seven under investigation.

Females account for 56% (419) of all confirmed cases and the remaining 44% (326) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Total Samples Tested 27,142
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 364
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 20
Results Positive 745
Results Negative 26,337
Results Pending 60
Deceased 10
Recovered 601
Number in Facility Quarantine 8
Number in Home Quarantine 6,906
Persons in Hospital Isolation

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

15
Persons in Facility Isolation 4
Persons in Home Isolation 97
Persons in Step Down Isolation Facilities 5
Persons Moderately Ill 0
Persons Critically Ill 0

COVID-19 Update: Seven More Recoveries, Five New Imported Cases

Seven more COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been released from isolation, bringing the total recoveries to 591 (80.2% Recovery rate). At the same time, following the confirmation of five new cases, in the last 24 hours, Jamaica now has a total of 737 COVID-19 cases. 

The five new cases are imported, having arrived on flights from the USA and Dominican Republic. Three are males and two are females with ages ranging from 17 to 65 years.  Three are Jamaican nationals with addresses in Kingston & St. Andrew (2) and Manchester (1). Two are non-Jamaicans staying in St. James.

There are now 123 (16.7%) active cases under observation, while 13 (1.7%) cases were repatriated to their country of origin. There is no moderately ill or critically ill patient at this time.

Nine persons-of-interest remain quarantined at government facilities and 6,896 are in home quarantine. The health departments across the island are currently following 300 close contacts of confirmed cases.

All 737 cases recorded in Jamaica have been categorized as 221 imported cases; 234 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and seven under investigation.

Females account for 56% (416) of all confirmed cases and the remaining 44% (321) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020

Total Samples Tested

26,798

New Samples tested in the last 24 hours

266

Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours

6

Results Positive

737

Results Negative

26,002

Results Pending

59

Deceased

10

Recovered

591

Number in Facility Quarantine

9

Number in Home Quarantine

6,896

Persons in Hospital Isolation

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

13

Persons in Facility Isolation

4

Persons in Home Isolation

101

Persons in Step Down Isolation Facilities

5

Persons Moderately Ill

0

Persons Critically Ill

0

Programme Officer/Executive Secretary

Programme Officer/Executive Secretary

 

JOB SUMMARY

The Secretariat of the Jamaica Country Coordinating Mechanism (JCCM) is headed by a Programme Officer/Executive Secretary and, shall, under the guidance of the Chair of the JCCM and the JCCM Executive undertake the implementation of Board & Executive management decisions.

The Programme Officer/Executive Secretary shall manage the operations of the JCCM through the efficient administration of the Organization’s delivery of value added services and adherence to standard operating procedures in keeping with the Global Fund and local Governance Operations Manual as well as the Mission, Goals and Objectives of the Jamaica Country Coordinating Mechanism (JCCM)

 

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • At least a BSc in Business Administration, Project Management, Accounting & Management or related discipline
  • At least five (5) years’ experience at a Senior Administrative level to include the Report writing and the recording and reproducing of meeting discussions;
  • Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to prioritize work assignments to meet
  • The ability to establish rapport and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • High attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under pressure;
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer relations and communication skills with emphasis on oral and written communication;
  • A track record which will attest to excellent performance levels, high regard for neatness, order and team collaboration

 

SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the Global Fund/CCM Policies, procedures and practices;
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and Occupational Health and Safety policies and practices
  • Working knowledge of Office procedures, practices and techniques;
  • Knowledge of Office and business protocol, etiquette, diplomacy and an appreciation of cultural and behavioural diversity
  • Knowledge of items required for the Secretariat’s First Aid Kit
  • Highly developed computer skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft suite applications with particular reference to spreadsheet applications;
  • Knowledge of the Global Fund Partner Portal Platform operations and the use of the Mass Database;

 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND SPECIALISED

  • Oral and written communication and analytical
  • Computer literacy   (Microsoft   Word,   and    Excel);   Working   knowledge    of Accounting software Packages, applications and systems;
  • Planning, Organizing, Budgeting, Basic Accounting and Time Management
  • Excellent Interpersonal and human relations skills and the ability to work with all levels of staff;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

REPORTS TO: CHAIR – JCCM Executive NATURE OF SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Direct

 

FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:

Indicate positions/departments over/from which the position:

  • Exercises functional authority: JCCM Secretariat
  • Receives functional direction:
    • Chair – JCCM
    • OMC Chair
    • Global Fund Secretariat

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The Programme Officer will assist in the smooth operation and management of the Secretariat of The JCCM for the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by performing the following functions:
  2. Provide support to the JCCM by calling and organizing regular meetings, assisting in capacity-building for the CCM, including organization of induction training and workshops, and liaison with the various CCM constituencies and their representatives, including GFATM, Local Fund Agent, the Principal Recipient (MOHW) and the SSRs.
  3. Management of CCM processes- updating list of members, facilitating for the election of civil society representatives, preparing the agenda of meetings, preparing minutes and circulating them to the CCM within defined time
  4. Monitor JCCM membership attendance at meetings, advice members of their absence and bring to the JCCM members who have exhausted the number of times they are absent consecutively. Inform constituents for timely
  5. Document all meetings and all matters relating to grant implementation in Jamaica.
  6. Assist the JCCM in the production of its annual work plan and calendar of Organise JCCM, OMC visits to PR, SR, SSR and Implementing partner activities.
  7. Assist JCCM and PR in the development of Quarterly highlights and the Annual Report (Highlights)
  8. Facilitate the work of Oversight Committee and other committees/sub committees of
  9. Support the preparation, development and submission of the national proposal to the GFATM for allocation cycles announced by the GFATM as follows:
    • Coordinate and liaise with all stakeholders- CCM members, development partners, government programmes, non-government partners and community representatives by calling broad consultations and documenting feedback received from them guiding the proposal development
    • Maintain complete documentation of the proposal development
    • Provide technical support to various sub committees- for the review of proposals submitted by Principal Recipient (PR) and recommendations to the JCCM on eligible proposals or nomination of the Principal Recipient (PR) and disease expert committees to review final funding proposal
    • Participation in meetings with proposed Principal Recipient (PR)
  10. Keep track of the disbursement of fund installments to the PR from the GFATM and to the sub-recipients from the PR; analyse the reports, seek clarifications/feedback and disseminate information to CCM members
  11. Support JCCM by providing the needed technical facilitation and effective coordination and liaison with the various constituencies and its representatives at the CCM that may be nominated by JCCM in subsequent Grant allocation periods and the GFATM
  12. Responsible for updating of the CCM website with routine JCCM activity updates, data from latest progress reports of PR and SRs, and coordinating responses to the queries regarding GFATM programs in Jamaica
  13. Issue public announcements of calls for proposals in relation to application for Global Fund
  14. Receive and document complaints on any aspect of the operations of the JCCM, including complaints in relation to conflict of interest, and refer these complaints for the early attention of the OMC
  15. Conduct annual review of the membership of the JCCM, and maintain and update distribution

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH JOB

  • May be required to work beyond normal office hours, and irregular hours, when necessary to meet critical time deadlines;
  • Normal Office environment;
  • Periodic exposure to hazards such as heat, dust and cold
  • Physical effort in getting tasks done
  • Possible mental exertion such as handling frequent and continuous telephone calls from members, callers and prospective members, while doing paper work;
  • Mental exertion, while coordinating activities and maintaining deadlines

 

AUTHORITY TO

  • Request, examine, review and evaluate relevant documents and records in order to complete an assignment, make appointments, arrive at the basis for a decision or conclude a process;
  • Verify/Certify vouchers, statements and procurement documents against the budget;

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Correspondence, Records, Minutes/Reports, Budgets, Procurement Requisitions, Inventory, Invoices and Global Fund required Reports;
  • Reports and action points are submitted for vetting within three weeks following the relevant meeting and dispatched two weeks before the respective meeting;
  • The systems to manage the flow of documents through the Secretariat are efficient and provides timely responses and actions;
  • Meeting notes, reports, letters, memos and other correspondences are accurate and timely; and the JCCM Chair and Vice-Chairs are kept apprised of action points and followed – up with assigned members of the
  • Stewardship over the Secretariat’s Budget, assets and inventory items is responsibly and efficiently

 

Interested persons should submit their application along with resume no later than

July 20, 2020 via email to jobapplications.moh@gmail.com

Applications must be addressed to:

Senior Director
Human Resource Management & Administration
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10a Chelsea Avenue, Kingston 5

We thank all candidates for responding, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

COVID-19 Update: 15 More Recoveries, Cases Increase by Four

In the last 24 hours, the number of recovered patients has increased by 15. The total number of patients now recovered and released from care stands at 584 (79.8% Recovery Rate). At the same time, Jamaica has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases by four. This brings the country’s total confirmed cases to 732.

The new cases consist of one male and three females with ages ranging from 1 to 59 years. Three cases are imported, having arrived recently on flights from the USA. They have addresses of residence in Kingston & St. Andrew (2) and Westmoreland (1). The fourth case is a contact of an imported case (import-related) residing in St. James.

There are now 126 (17.2%) active cases under observation, while 12 (1.6%) cases were repatriated to their country of origin. There is no moderately ill or critically ill patient at this time.

The health departments across the island are currently following 310 close contacts of confirmed cases, while 11 persons-of-interest remain quarantined at government facilities and 6,336 are in home quarantine.

All 732 cases recorded in Jamaica have been categorized as 216 imported cases; 234 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 39 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and seven under investigation.

Females account for 57% (414) of all confirmed cases and the remaining 43% (318) are males. The ages of all confirmed cases range from 2 months to 87 years.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020

Total Samples Tested

26,532

New Samples tested in the last 24 hours

529

Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours

92

Results Positive

732

Results Negative

25,738

Results Pending

62

Deceased

10

Recovered

584

Number in Facility Quarantine

11

Number in Home Quarantine

6,336

Persons in Hospital Isolation

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

11

Persons in Facility Isolation

10

Persons in Home Isolation

101

Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation)

4

Persons Moderately Ill

0

Persons Critically Ill

0

Jamaica records 7 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more recoveries

Jamaica has recorded seven new COVID-19 cases and four additional recoveries in the last 24 hours. The island now has a total of 728 confirmed positives and 569 recoveries.

There are 139 or 19% active cases currently under observation, including one moderately ill person. There are no critically ill persons at this time while 10 persons have repatriated.

The seven new cases recorded in the last day consist of three (3) males and four (4) females with ages ranging from 12 to 62 years. All are imported cases with addresses in St. Catherine (3), Kingston and St. Andrew (2), St. James (1), and St. Elizabeth (1).

At this time, there are 213 imported cases while 233 cases are contacts of confirmed cases, 39 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked, 236 are related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and 7 are under investigation.

The total number of confirmed cases are comprised of 411 or 56.5% females and 317 or 43.5% males, with their ages ranging from 2 months to 87 years.

Testing numbers have moved to 26,002 in the last 24 hours. In addition to the 728 positives, there are 25,213 negatives and 61 pending.

 

Clinical Management Summary as at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020

Total Samples Tested 26,002
New Samples tested in the last 24 hours 253
Discharge samples tested in the last 24 hours 13
Results Positive 728
Results Negative 25,213
Results Pending 61
Deceased 10
Recovered 569
Number in Facility Quarantine 13
Number in Home Quarantine 6,276
Number Hospitalised

(Including suspected positive COVID-19 cases)

18
Persons in Facility Isolation 11
Persons in Home Isolation 110
Persons in Step Down Facilities (Isolation) 10
Persons Moderately Ill 1
Persons Critically Ill 0