Chevon Campbell reports

The Southeast Regional Health Authority, SERHA, has began community surveillance activity in West Kingston amid COVID-19 fears.
This follows recent confirmation of five cases in the area. 

The five are contacts of a confirmed case that recently returned to the island from the United States.

A statement this afternoon from the Ministry of Health, says 100 health staff, including nurses, public health inspectors, public health nurses and community health aides have been deployed to West Kingston. 

They’ll be conducting house to house visits to assess residents for respiratory symptoms.

Residents with symptoms and those who the health team deem are at high risk, will be tested for COVID-19 and quarantine orders served.   
The Ministry says groundwork in the community started yesterday, with health personnel conducting health education and community engagement programmes. 

It’s expected that the community surveillance activity will be completed today. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Wellness says it’s reminding the public of the need for increased vigilance in the maintenance of quarantine orders  issued to persons who recently returned to the island.  

The Ministry says the public needs to maintain the infection prevention and control practices such as the washing and sanitizing of hands frequently and the wearing of masks in public spaces.

Members of the public are also being reminded that when persons return to the island and are in quarantine, other members of the household are to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet and ensure that the person is kept apart from individuals at risk in the households.