COVID NUMBERS – Linstead tops national list; Bog Walk, Ewarton, Point Hill, Old Harbour included

Linstead in St. Catherine is the community that so far has the highest number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the island.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, disclosed the communities today during a meeting of the parliament’s Special Select Committee on COVID-19.

She said most of the confirmed cases are in St. Catherine communities.

The only community in the top 11 that is located outside St. Catherine is Constant Spring, which has 11 confirmed cases and is located in St. Andrew.

Here is a breakdown of the 11 communities with most confirmed cases:

Linstead – 35 cases
Old Harbour – 34 cases
Greater Portmore – 22 cases
Waterford – 19 cases
Ensom – 17 cases
Ewarton – 15 cases
Bog Walk – 11 cases
Constant Spring – 11
Greendale – 10 cases
Gregory Park – 10 cases
Independence City – 10 cases

Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie further said: “St. Catherine has the communities that feature at the top of the table; most of the St. Catherine communities are where we have the highest load of cases.”

She indicated that the bulk of the St. Catherine cases are linked to Alorica call centre where there was an outbreak of COVID-19.

Some other notable St. Catherine communities, which did not feature in the top 11, are:

Passage Fort – 9 cases
Bridgeport – 9 cases
Spanish Town Central – 8 cases
Naggo Head – 8 cases
St. John’s East – 7 cases
Braeton – 7 cases
Point Hill – 5 cases
Kitson Town – 5 cases
Willowdeen – 4 cases
Old Harbour Road – 4 cases

Up to the time Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie was making the disclosures, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the island was 502.

St. Catherine was still the parish with the largest number of confirmed cases (293), followed by Kingston and St. Andrew (107), and Clarendon with 35 cases.


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