Jamaica sees increase in Moderately ill Patients with COVID-19

As at Monday (August 3), Jamaica has seen a record increase in the number of positive COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Total hospitalization, including confirmed and suspected positive cases stands at 35. This number includes eight patients who are moderately ill, representing the highest ever counted as moderately ill.

As the country manages 100 (11%) active cases, 11 new positives were identified in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases on record for the island to 905. At the same time, recoveries remained at 743 (82.1%), while 50 (5.5%) cases have returned to their countries of origin.

The newly confirmed cases consist of five females and ten males bringing the total tally to 920.

According to the Health Ministry, there are now 113 active cases. 
Four of the new patients have addresses in St Thomas and eight in Clarendon. The remaining persons have addresses in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.

Details on Recent Deaths

Two COVID-19-related deaths were announced on Sunday, August 2. One case was a 64-year-old male from Clarendon who died on July 21, 2020, while the second case was a 73-year-old female from St. Thomas who died on July 31, 2020.

Both cases were detected through the hospital respiratory surveillance system and COVID-19 confirmation came after death. The two patients had multiple co-morbidities and died within hours of presenting at the Accident and Emergency Departments of two public hospitals, where they were undergoing treatment.