5 More COVID-19 Cases Preliminarily Confirmed

KINGSTON, Jamaica. 16 March 2020 –  The Ministry of Health & Wellness is reporting that preliminary results of seven (7) tests completed on Sunday, March 15, at the National Influenza Centre, show five (5) positive for COVID-19, while two (2) samples tested negative.

Two of the five preliminary positive cases stem from contact tracing with a confirmed case that came into the island from the United Kingdom.

Three cases are new, including two from the western region – one with a travel history to Trinidad and Tobago, who was on the same flight from Trinidad as a previously announced confirmed case.

The second case is a child, an American, with a travel history that includes Miami, Florida.

The fifth preliminary positive case is from Kingston, with no travel history, but who had visitors at home from the United Kingdom.

The negative cases are patients in isolation at the Mandeville Regional Hospital and the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital respectively.

The confirmatory results from these seven cases are expected in short order and the results will be shared accordingly.

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