Press Release:- Today Thursday July 15, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 16 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.
These results are from a batch of 228 samples taken during the period July 11, 2021 to July 14, 2021. These samples were processed on July 14, 2021.
All of these new cases were seen at various respiratory clinics in communities where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have been made to place these newly diagnosed individuals in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 11 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 122.
Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 5455.
As of July 14, 2021 a total of 31, 461 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 22, 900 individuals have received the second dose of the vaccine.
Tomorrow Friday, July 16, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jacmel Wellness Centre and the Gros-Islet Human Resource Centre.
Vaccines have proven to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus. Therefore, unvaccinated adults (18 years and older) are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves, family, friends and others from the COVID-19 virus.
It is important that we all adhere to public health measures to protect the health and safety of ourselves, family, friends, colleagues and others.
As we continue to remain at great risk for the introduction of COVOD-19 variants, everyone is asked to remain vigilant and take extra precaution.
Let us all continue to adopt behaviors and continue practicing infection prevention and control measures to minimize the spread of the virus.
These include regular hand washing with soap and flowing water or hand sanitizer, use of a face mask in public places covering the nose, mouth and chin, avoiding crowds and mass crowd activities, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces and keeping away from people if experiencing respiratory symptoms and seeking medical care immediately.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.