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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
OPM Press Conference: Update || May 26 2020 THREAD
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Dr. Chris Tufton
It has now been 11 weeks & 79 days since our first Covid 19 case. We now have 309 active cases with an acceleration in recoveries, as 29 additional persons have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries for the island to 267.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @themohwgovjm
The island has recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total of confirmed cases to 564 for the island. The eight (8) new confirmed cases comprise one (1) female and seven (7) males with their ages ranging from 28 to 62 years.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @AndrewHolnessJM
“We are doing well however if the numbers start to rise, we will tighten up again” -
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @AndrewHolnessJM
“ We have increased the rate of repatriation of our brothers & sisters. When this happens, there is the likelihood of our numbers increasing.”
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @themohwgovjm
New Case Numbers: One (1) case is a contact of a confirmed case and the remaining seven (7) are imported cases and part of the group returning on the cruise ship to Falmouth Pier recently.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
They are from the parishes of Kingston & St. Andrew, St. Mary, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, and St. James.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
CLASSIFICATION At this time: -72 are imported cases; -214 cases are contacts of confirmed cases -27 are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked -235 have been linked to a workplace cluster -16 are under investigation.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
CRUISE CREW UPDATE 1,027 passengers from the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Sea have been sampled. From the 1,010 processed, 19 have tested positive. 600 crew members have been released for home, having returned an initial negative test result.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
They will remain in quarantine at home for another 14 days. Monday evening, Norwegian Cruise with 174 Jamaicans crew members docked at Falmouth Pier. Earlier this morning (Tuesday morning), the Carnival Glory with 256 Jamaican crew workers docked alongside the Norwegian Cruise.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
The Norwegian & Carnival Glory vessels are to be processed over the coming days.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @themohwgovjm
The has started the testing and monitoring of vulnerable communities mainly, infirmaries & nursing homes.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
Visits had been restricted to these vulnerable communities from the start of the outbreak. This still stands.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @themohwgovjm
The can confirm there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the St. Ann Infirmary. The individual is a male, who is currently asymptomatic. He has been put in isolation in a Government facility.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
Contact tracing has commenced and 21 close contacts identified and placed under home quarantine. They include 12 high-risk members of staff, all of whom have been sampled.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
Up to yesterday (May 25) all 80 permanent staff members and two of five visiting staff members were sampled for COVID-19 and all 106 residents have been tested.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
Of note is that testing at the island’s infirmaries was initiated as part of the strategy for the containment of the spread of COVID-19, bearing in mind the vulnerability of the population there (elderly and likely to have co-morbid conditions).
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
It is in the execution of this strategy that this first case was discovered. The expectation is that all results of the samples taken will be in within another couple of days.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
So far: Sampling has been done at 6 of the 14 infirmaries islandwide. The others will be done this week and into next week. Samples have been collected from 510 staff members. To date only, one positive.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
The Ministry has now assembled the inspection team for the island’s nursing homes. Since March 2020, 118 nursing homes have been inspected, together with three hospitals.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @themohwgovjm
85 of the nursing homes have returned satisfactory results and 33, unsatisfactory. We are currently awaiting information from 13 parishes. A detailed status report will be provided to the country within another week.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
All the homes so far inspected have been provided with protocols to ensure compliance with IPC, as well as regulatory standards.
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Dr. Chris Tufton May 26
Replying to @christufton
The island’s total testing numbers are now 11,052. Of that 11,052, in addition to the 564 positives, there are 10,455 negatives and 33 pending.
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