Lockdown pulls Bull Bay families closer

March 30, 2020
Jourdain Wilkie (left) watches as  Juile-Ann Wilkie (second left), Ruel Wilkie (centre) and Havard McLean (right) enjoy a game of ‘Chinese Skip’ at their home in Shooters Hill, Bull Bay. The family played this and other games as a bonding activity during the 14 day COVID-19 quarantine imposed on the area.
Jourdain Wilkie (left) watches as Juile-Ann Wilkie (second left), Ruel Wilkie (centre) and Havard McLean (right) enjoy a game of ‘Chinese Skip’ at their home in Shooters Hill, Bull Bay. The family played this and other games as a bonding activity during the 14 day COVID-19 quarantine imposed on the area.
From left: Danielle Townsend-McLean, Havard McLean, Haile McLean, Malique Wilkie, Ruel Wilkie, Jourdain Wilkie and Juile-Ann Whyte Wilkie at their home in Shooters Hill, Bull Bay, St Andrew, on Saturday.
From left: Danielle Townsend-McLean, Havard McLean, Haile McLean, Malique Wilkie, Ruel Wilkie, Jourdain Wilkie and Juile-Ann Whyte Wilkie at their home in Shooters Hill, Bull Bay, St Andrew, on Saturday.
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A game of Chinese skip was in full action at Harvard McLean's home in Shooters Hill, St Andrew, when THE STAR visited on Saturday. His four-year-old daughter, Hailee, cheered on gleefully as her grandfather, Ruel Wilkie, reconnected with his youth as he showed off his skills with the rubber-band game. McLean said that this is one of the many recreational activities that the family of eight has been participating in during the-14 day period that their community was under COVID-19 quarantine.

"We play all type a games, even 'ringa ringa Rosie', and mi likkle daughter and the other kids had the time of their life. For us, it was a time to get closer to God and bond with the family," McLean said.

The entire Seven Miles and Eight Miles communities were placed under quarantine on March 13 after it was discovered that the first person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus had been in contact with several residents. The measure was lifted at midnight on Friday. Wilkie said that being home mean that he lost out financially because he was unable to work. However, he is extremely grateful for the time that he got to stay at home with his family.

LESSON IN CLEANLINESS

"On top of this, it even help teach the kids cleanliness, and I am sure they will continue with this frequent handwashing trend. Of course, the children use to wash them hands, but probably not this often. This lockdown make us appreciate family more, and trust me, we will be bonding the same way now although the quarantine lift," he said.

"When I just heard about the corona case out by this side it was nerve-wracking. I wash my hands so much that I don't know how I still have skin on it. I remember having my phone in my hands and it was trembling. I didn't eat for like three days, but afterwards, things got normal for me," Wilkie's wife, Juile-Ann, said.

As of Sunday, five of Jamaica's 32 positive cases were linked to Patient One, the person who had extensive contact with persons in Bull Bay. Health authorities said that if the quarantine was not put in place, the disease could have spread throughout the community.

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