The results for the first patient, who was placed in isolation, have come back negative for the novel Coronavirus,  COVID19.

This was disclosed in a press release by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie says the results were received yesterday.

The public was informed on February 10, 2020 of a second person who was isolated after an elevated temperature was detected while the person was being monitored in a government quarantine facility.

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

In the meantime, Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie says 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 Chief Medical Officer says she expects results in relation to this patient in another 2 days.


Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

The Ministry wishes 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.

The Ministry further advises that infection prevention precautions such as, frequent hand washing, coughing and sneezing in tissue and discarding it, as well as, avoiding contact with ill persons must be practiced by all.