LUCEA, Hanover – Regional director of the Western Regional Health Authority, Errol Greene, is assuring Hanover residents that those in the parish who fit the profile of a coronavirus (COVID-19) patient will be tested.
The parish of Hanover currently has no confirmed case of COVID-19.
“We are not at the stage as a country where the 2.6 or 2.7 million of us can be tested at one time. We are not at that stage. But, certainly for those who fit that profile to be tested, if there is any in Hanover, they will be tested,” assured Greene who was responding to queries from the J amaica Observer West.
Persons who fit the profile for testing are people with similar symptoms to that of the COVID-19 infection, which includes fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, the new loss of taste or smell, vomiting and, or diarrhoea.
Epidemiological factors, such as persons who have known exposure to an individual who has tested positive for the virus, are other considerations that may guide testing.
In recent weeks, people have suggested that Hanover residents are not being tested for the coronavirus, adding that, that could be the reason why it is the only parish in the country without a confirmed case of the disease.
However, Greene argued that it would be irresponsible for health officials not to address suspected cases.
“It would be irresponsible of us to know that there are suspected cases in Hanover, and we don’t treat with them,” Greene stressed.
As at Tuesday, Jamaica has 507 confirmed cases of the disease with nine deaths and 100 recoveries.
Of this amount, the Western Region which encompasses the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland accounts for 11 of the cases.
The regional director said they are praying that the numbers remain low in the west.
“We are happy that Hanover doesn’t have a case, and we are praying that it stays that way. And, we are praying as well that the numbers in this region remain very low,” stated Greene.
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