All three patients test negative for coronavirus

Jamaica’s health and wellness ministry yesterday advised that the test results for all three patients who were placed in isolation for investigation of the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, have come back negative.

The ministry said the results for the second and third patients were received yesterday from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, following on the receipt of the first result from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

“The first patient, who had arrived in Jamaica on January 30, presented at Annotto Bay Hospital and was later isolated for further investigation. The public was informed on February 10 and February 12, respectively, of the second and third patients being put in isolation,” the ministry said in a news release.

The second individual had an elevated temperature, which was detected while in quarantine. The third person was put in isolation after being detected with a fever on arrival at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on February 11. All three patients will now be discharged, given their negative test results, the ministry said.

It issued a reminder that quarantine and isolation procedures are in place to allow for the detection and early investigation of all individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.

The ministry has also reiterated that infection prevention precautions, such as frequent hand-washing, coughing and sneezing in tissue and discarding it, as well as avoiding contact with people who are ill must be practised by all. Further, people who are having flu-like symptoms must stay away from other people to prevent the spread of infection.

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