Golden Age Home resident dies from COVID

October 28, 2020
Desmond McKenzie, local government minister, talks to a resident of the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, Kingston, on March 30.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, has expressed regret at the passing of a resident of the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home from COVID-19. 

In a statement, Minister McKenzie said that for almost eight months, through the creation and implemtation of a number of protocols, they were able to keep the pandemic out of Infirmaries and Golden Age Homes.

However, on October 21, an alarming number of positive cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed at the facility. 

Last week, Health and Welness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton said new restictions would be put in place to contain the virus, and according to Minister McKenzie they will continue to implement all the health protocols along with enhanced measures, and to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to protect the lives of the residents.

McKenzie further informed that testing of all 637 staff and residents at the Golden Age Home having been completed, and that the vast majority, 533, have tested negative.

"The remaining 22 staff, and 82 residents who tested positive are being carefully managed, and I am optimistic that they will experience full recovery," he said.

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