The Ministry of Health is to expand its testing of healthcare workers for COVID19 as Jamaica ramps up its response to the pandemic.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, made the announcement yesterday.

Previously the testing of healthcare workers was limited to those who were symptomatic.

But, Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says the new methodology will allow for comprehensive reporting.

The new testing guidelines should be promulgated soon and will allow for greater standardization and organization of testing.

In the meantime, the Chief Medical Officer says many of the persons currently infected with COVID-19 do not need to be in hospitals.

She says the country must prepare for a future where most persons with mild symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated at home.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie was speaking at a digital media briefing last evening.

She says if the number of cases get to a certain level, only those who need to be hospitalized will be admitted.

Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says this highlights the need to tackle the stigma associated with COVID-19.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.