COVID-19 enters Golden Age Home

October 21, 2020

Health workers have made the frightening discovery of a cluster of COVID-19 cases among some of the nation's most vulnerable patients -- residents of the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, Kingston.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness said that 43 of 72 samples taken from residents and staff at the facility have so far returned a positive result. The testing of all 428 residents and 162 staff members is expected to be completed in the next two to three days.

"The cluster was uncovered as part of the Health Ministry's ongoing islandwide surveillance of senior citizens' homes and infirmaries," the health ministry said yesterday.

Jamaica, as of Monday, had recorded 8,374 cases of COVID-19, some 4,085 of which are still active. There have been 174 deaths, 112 of whom are 60 years old and above.

Access to infirmaries and golden age homes has been restricted since March to prevent the entry of COVID-19 into the facilities.

"This particular disease has shown to be devastating on particularly the senior population and we don't want it to affect our seniors here," Prime Minister Andrew Holness said at the time.

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