Trelawny Public Health Services has been working closely with the police to crack down on Jamaicans returning to the island who fail to comply with the quarantine orders.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation in Falmouth on Thursday (July 9), Medical Officer of Health for the parish, Dr. Diahann Dale, said that some persons returning to the island, in particular those with the intent of attending funerals, have not been adhering to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period ordered by Government.
“We are making observations that some of our residents returning from the United States of America, which is currently a high-risk area for coronavirus (COVID-19)… return to our shores today with a view to going to a funeral tomorrow or the day after. It is important that we all acknowledge that if such is allowed, risk for high-spread community outbreak will be significant,” she noted.
“We have to be actively working with the police to prevent people from going to funerals, because they decide to be defiant of the order and are very explicit to the public health officers and to the police of their intent,” she said further.
Dr. Dale said that health officials are also working with pastors to ensure that physical distancing rules are considered when planning funerals.
No more than 50 persons are allowed at a funeral service and no more than 15 at the burial site.
She explained that the Trelawny Public Health Services has also been working with the police to disperse large gatherings at grave diggings and wakes when they are observed.
Dr. Dale implored elected members of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation to urge persons within their division to abide by the stipulated health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“It is important that your support be lent to urging community members to be mindful of the threats posed if we are not paying enough attention to the quarantine measures that are ordered by law,” she said.
Dr. Dale pointed out that COVID-19 remains a serious threat to the island and urged Jamaicans to continue to adhere to the established health protocols.
“It is important that we continue to practise and encourage others to practise the infection prevention and control measures that we have been communicating for the longest while to include the wearing of masks,” she said.