Acting Director of the National Laboratory Services, Dr Michelle Hamilton is assuring Jamaicans they can rely on accurate results from the testing kits for COVID-19.

There’ve been concerns over the reliability and accuracy of the tests.

It comes after some false negatives appeared in tests carried out in the United States.

The scare emerged over inconclusive results from a limited number of faulty test kits issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Hamilton says the kits that are being used locally are also not from the CDC but from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO.

Meanwhile, the Acting Director says there’re enough kits locally at this time to test for COVID-19.

Dr Michelle Hamilton, Acting Director of the National Laboratory Services.
She was speaking on Nationwide this morning with Abka Fitz-Henley and Danielle Archer.


Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services in the Health and Wellness Ministry, Dr. Nicole Dawkins-Wright, is reiterating that transmission of the novel corornavirus, COVID-19, is predominantly through contact and droplets.

Dr. Nicole Dawkins-Wright, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services in the Health and Wellness Ministry.

And, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says the quarantine facility at the St. Joseph’s Hospital should not pose any threat to surrounding communities.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister.
He was speaking yesterday during a tour of the St. Joseph’s Hospital.