Portland records increase in COVID-19 cases

The rise in Covid-19 cases islandwide is now being reflected in Portland and parish officials are being warned to take steps to stem the increase.


The concern was raised by Medical Officer of  Health for Portland, Dr. Sharon Lewis, while addressing the monthly meeting of  the Portland Municipal Corporation on Thursday.


There has been a significant jump in Jamaica's Covid-19 case count with the Health Ministry yesterday confirming 276 infections from 2,534 samples.


This resulted in a positivity rate of  28.2 percent.


Dr Lewis says there are now five active covid cases in Portland. 


“For this year so far, most of the cases were in January  - 759, which is 89.8 percent of the cases this year. And those cases constituted 22.8 percent of the total number of cases for the parish. We have had a 97 percent recovery rate …..this data is up to Tuesday, May 10, unfortunately we have had 93 deaths …”


Dr Lewis disclosed that covid 19 cases in Portland continue to be closely monitored. 

“With regards to the weekly positivity rate, from the first week of April, we were at 1.3 percent of the results being positive. As of the first week of May, we have seen an increase and we are watching to see what direction the figures will go,” she said. 


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