Francine Phillips-Kelly, Acting Medical Officer of Health for St. James
Eighty-three additional staff members have been engaged to help the St. James Health Services Department in COVID-19 detection and treatment.
Francine Phillips-Kelly, Acting Medical Officer of Health for St. James, says the individuals were trained as community health aides.
Dr. Phillips-Kelly says not all the new workers will be sent into communities.
"We had approximately 40-60 split in terms of percentage for environmental health and nursing. So some of them will be in our clinics doing more of a clinic base and then some will also be in the community doing the kind of community intervention that we would need," she said at Thursday's monthly meeting of the St. James Municipal Corporation.
As of Wednesday, there have been 985 COVID-19 cases in the parish, with 122 currently active.
There have been 37 deaths.
Health facilities being renovated
Mrs Phillips-Kelly said the renovation of health facilities in St. James will begin next week.
She noted that the activities will result in dislocation.
"To start off with, we have Granville and Catherine Hall, which will commence in the week coming. We have been given very short notice. It means that we are going to have to shift our services in terms of getting our clients to areas where they can get care, and it’s going to be a bit of a tax for all concerned, but it's in the name of renovating our facilities, which are have been waiting for a while to have that done," she declared.