A healthcare worker is among the 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, The Health and Wellness Ministry said last night.
It says the additional results received at 9 o’clock showed that of the five pending results from Saturday, three samples tested negative while two tested positive.
The two new cases are a 45-year-old female, a healthcare worker, who was a contact with a confirmed case and a 54-year-old woman from St. Mary.
The Ministry says the 54-year-old woman’s mode of transmission is under investigation.
The Ministry says as of yesterday evening, the healthcare worker is well and in good spirits.
The Ministry says the 45-year-old woman is the only healthcare worker at this time with COVID-19.
Meanwhile, earlier yesterday afternoon, the Ministry had indicated three more cases–at that time the figures stood at 34.
Those three cases included a 70-year-old female from St Catherine with no travel history, a 34-year-old female from St James who traveled from New York recently, and a 74-year-old St Catherine woman, who also has a travel history which includes New York.
The Ministry says of all the confirmed cases, 23 are imported, 11 are import-related and two are under investigation.
And, the Health Ministry says it’s making progress in increasing capacity for testing for the coronavirus.
According to the Health and Wellness Ministry, the National Influenza Centre is being automated to facilitate over 100 tests per day.
It says a COBAS 6-800 machine is being installed at the National Public Health Lab and in a few weeks that facility will be able to test some 380 samples daily.
And, the Health Ministry says it will also receive additional testing machines from the International Atomic Energy Agency.