Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday, Tuesday, May 26 during the weekly national press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed reports that an employee of the St Ann Infirmary has tested positive for the coronavirus.
At the same time, he stated that a total of 21 close contacts of the employee have now been placed in quarantine at their homes and will be there for 14 days.
The 21 includes 12 high-risk members of staff at the Infirmary.
Minister Tufton said that the confirmed case “is currently asymptomatic and has been put in isolation in a Government facility.”
According to opposition spokesperson on Local Government, Natalie Neta-Headley who has been calling for an update on isolated facilities at the infirmaries, “our elderly are still at high risk and need to be protected.”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a press conference this morning, Wednesday, May 27 noted that the government through the Health and Wellness and Local Government Ministries are working and checking on the infirmaries so as to not have an outbreak of the virus.