The Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported a 13th death from COVID-19.
The deceased is an 88 year old woman from Clarendon, who was admitted to a public health facility in the parish on Tuesday. Confirmation of her positive COVID-19 status came Friday. The mode of transmission is currently under investigation.
The ministry also revealed that 29 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total cases in Jamaica to 987.
Of the new cases, there are nine females and 20 males with ages ranging from 15 to 88 years.
Twelve cases are imported with those patients having addresses in St. James, who all arrived recently on a flight from the Dominican Republic.
There are two cases from Clarendon, who are contacts of an imported case, while one case from St. Thomas is a contact of a confirmed case.
Fourteen of the cases are under investigation and were recorded in St. Thomas (5), Kingston & St. Andrew (4), Clarendon (2), St. Mary (1), Manchester (1), and St. Catherine (1).
Jamaica now has 177 active cases, including seven moderately ill patients. Recoveries remain at 745, while 52 cases have returned to their countries of origin.
There are 364 imported cases; 281 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 62 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and 44 cases under investigation.
Some 550 of all confirmed cases are females and 437 are males. They range in age from two months to 88 years.
The ministry is reminding the public to be vigilant and to continue practicing COVID-19 prevention measures, such as the washing of hands, observing physical distancing and the wearing of masks.