COVID-19 in Jamaica: Another Community Under Surveillance

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On Friday afternoon (June 26) the Western Regional Health Authority began surveillance for COVID-19 in the community of Norwood, St. James, just outside Montego Bay. The Ministry of Health and Wellness reported:

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) this afternoon began community surveillance activity in Norwood, St. James. This comes on the heels of confirmation of several positive COVID-19 cases. The index case has been isolated in a government facility and so far 13 close contacts were tested, which resulted in seven positives, two negatives and four samples are pending.
Extensive surveillance is currently being carried out by some 40 members of the healthcare team including nurses, public health inspectors, public health nurses and community health aides. The team has begun house-to-house visits and assessing the residents for respiratory symptoms. Residents with symptoms and those who the health team deem are at high risk, will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine orders served.