Hyacinth Davis*, the 100th patient in Jamaica to recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) and released, is very happy to be alive after fighting the virus, which was active in her body.
A 53-year-old domestic worker, Ms. Davis became infected after her daughter – an employee from the Alorica call centre in Portmore, St. Catherine – became infected and returned to the household.
Ms. Davis’ son-in-law and two grandchildren contracted the virus as well. They were traced for the virus through the contact tracing efforts by the Government. They have also been treated and released.
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, spoke to Ms. Davis during a digital press conference held at his Ministry’s offices in New Kingston on May 13.
She outlined how they became aware they were infected with COVID-19.
“My daughter didn’t know she had it until they [health authority/call centre] found out and called her in and tested her. They said that the closest persons to her must come to the clinic and we went and did the test,” Ms. Davis said.
“When I heard that we have it, [that is] four of us – her kids and my son-in-law – I was crying and scared. It was scary,” she added.
After becoming infected with COVID-19, she said it has not been easy for her and her other family members.
Ms. Davis said they have been discriminated against by community members, but she is grateful to now be released from isolation and alive to share her story.
“They [the community members] deal with us so bad. They embarrassed us. They scorned us. They don’t talk to us. My daughter has a shop, and the shop had to [be] shut down. It [the feeling] wasn’t good,” she said.
Ms. Davis pointed out that during the period of isolation, each morning she woke up, she gave God thanks because of the uncertainty of her life, as nine persons have already died from the virus.
“When going to bed, I say, ‘God, my life is in your hands, and all of us’,” she said.
“This is not an experience I would like to have again and I wouldn’t put that on my worst enemy,” she added.
Ms. Davis encourages other persons who have become infected to drink a lot of water.
“We drink a lot of water and steam our face and let the steam go down, because the water flushed down [the virus],” she said.
In the last 24 hours, the recovery number climbed to 279 with 12 more patients released from isolation yesterday (Wednesday, May 27).
Also, five samples tested positive for COVID-19, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in Jamaica to 569.
The five new confirmed cases include four females and one male, who range in age from 32 to 46 years of age, and are residents of Manchester, St. James, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.
Of the five new confirmed positive cases, three are imported cases, including one from the group of repatriated Jamaicans processed at the Falmouth Pier recently and two from the group that returned from the United States on May 13. The mode of transmission for the other two cases is under investigation.
Jamaica now has 75 imported cases; 214 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases (25 cases are import-related, 72 are related to local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked), 100 are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, 16 are contacts of confirmed cases under investigation; 27 are local transmission cases (not epidemiologically linked), 235 are linked to a workplace cluster and 18 are under investigation.
Some 335 (59 per cent) of all confirmed cases in Jamaica are females and there are 234 (41 per cent) males, with ages ranging from two months to 87 years.
* Name changed to protect the interviewee.