Community Quarantine for Sandy Bay, Clarendon

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KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, August 6, 2020: The Ministry of Health & Wellness
in collaboration with the Clarendon Health Department and the Southern Regional Health
Authority (SRHA) has reviewed today the recent COVID-19 cases coming out of Clarendon. Two
positive cases of COVID-19 are admitted at the May Pen Hospital. Case investigations and contact
tracing have been carried out that have yielded six positive contacts of these two hospitalized cases
including an imported case.
A community surveillance was carried out in Sandy Bay and neighboring communities where there is
significant cause for concern because of lack of adherence to infection prevention and control
measures. Crowd gathering was noted without use of face masks in one church where several
persons with respiratory illnesses were noted. Members of the church have been found to be
positive.
In addition, another 13 persons have been found with symptoms and have been sampled. There are
also two confirmed cases and a suspected case from Rosewell, a community that neighbors the
Sandy Bay area and from which several persons attend the same church.
Due to the number of positive cases and the number of persons with symptoms in the community,
the health authorities have concluded that there is considerable risk of further transmission and
infection in this community.
In consultation with the local health authority, Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), the
decision has been taken to quarantine the area of Sandy Bay in Clarendon (as specifically identified
below) for 14 days which will take effect from Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. to Thursday,
August 20, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.
Exposed persons in the community may develop infection and cause spread to other members in
the communities resulting in a rapid increase in the numbers of positive cases. This is due to the
high movement of persons within the affected households within the community; the high
population density of the area identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the community
to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.

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