Patient Tests Negative For Coronavirus in Jamaica; Third Jamaican Isolated

  • Staff Consortium
  • February 13, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Ministry of Health on Thursday reported that the results for the first patient, who was placed in isolation, have come back negative for the novel Coronavirus (COVID19). 

The results were received on Wednesday, from the  US based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie,  the patient who had arrived in the country  on January 30 and was later isolated,   will now be discharged. 

She disclosed that on Monday, a second person  was isolated after an elevated temperature was detected while the person was being monitored in a government quarantine facility. 

A sample has since been taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing.

Meanwhile,  a third Jamaican has been put in isolation following arrival into the island at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James.

 The traveler  who arrived on Tuesday,  underwent the relevant protocols in keeping with the current travel restrictions. 

The Jamaican, who had traveled from China was discovered to have had a fever and was immediately isolated.

“This patient has been isolated in keeping with our protocols whereby anyone who has travelled from China in the last 14 days prior to arrival and has symptoms will be isolated and investigations carried out.” 

The Cheif Medical officer said a sample has already been sent to the Trinidad and Tobago based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), where it will be tested for the novel coronavirus, (COVID 19). 

“We expect a 48-hour turnaround time for the results once the sample is received.” Bisasor McKenzie noted.

The Ministry of Health has also sought  to remind the public that the quarantine and isolation procedures are in place to detect and investigate early, all persons who may have been exposed to the virus.

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