Two other patients test negative for Novel Coronavirus

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is advising the public that the test results for all three patients who were placed in isolation for investigation of the Novel Coronavirus have come back negative.

The results for the second and third patients were received today (Feb 13) from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, following on the receipt of the first from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday (Feb 12).

The first patient, who had arrived in Jamaica on January 30, presented at the Annotto Bay Hospital and was later isolated for further investigation. The public was informed on February 10 and February 12 respectively of the second and third person being put in isolation.

In the case of the second, the individual had an elevated temperature, which was detected while in quarantine. The third individual was put in isolation after being detected with a fever on arrival at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on February 11. All three patients will now be discharged, given their negative test results.

The Ministry is reminding the public that quarantine and isolation procedures are in place to allow for the detection and early investigation of all persons who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Ministry is also reminding the public that infection prevention precautions, such as frequent hand washing; coughing and sneezing in tissue and discarding it; as well as avoiding contact with ill persons must be practiced by all. Further, persons who are having flu-like symptoms must stay away from other persons to prevent the spread of infection.