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47 COVID cases confirmed at police academy

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 10:58 PM
Samples from the 47 positive individuals were among 280 junior and senior recruits and instructors tested.

The Health Ministry is reporting that 47 COVID cases have been confirmed at the Jamaica Police College in Central Village, St Catherine.

According to the ministry, the cluster includes two instructors.

Samples from the 47 positive individuals were among 280 junior and senior recruits and instructors tested.

The Catherine Health Department has since ordered that a section of the academy be quarantined and positive patients isolated for further observation.

Several of them are reportedly displaying symptoms.

Medical Officer of Health for St Catherine, Dr Francine Prosper Chen says tests will be shortly conducted on another 400 instructors, medical and ground staff.

"We are working with the academy’s medical team to monitor the positive cases and at the same time, ensure that the infection prevention and control measures are keenly observed at the academy," she said.

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This cluster of cases has contributed to the increase in the number of COVID cases in Central Village, which tops the 20 communities with active COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks.

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