Five-Day COVID Isolation Protocol Activates Today After Delay | Stories of lead


Halving the isolation period for COVID-19 positive patients from 10 to five days is hailed by Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) President Clifton Reader as a game changer.

The new regulations, recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), come into effect today, five days after being announced by Health and Welfare Minister Dr Christopher Tufton .

The Minister of Health and Welfare has confirmed the start date of The gleaner yesterday evening. The delay was caused by the fact that the change had not been ratified by Parliament.

“People will be able to quarantine themselves for [fewer] days, and once they’re out of quarantine with a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, they’re free to fly, ”Reader said The gleaner during a presentation of 5,000 COVID-19 self-test kits to tourism workers by the Ministry of Health last Thursday.

PCR is widely hailed as the gold standard.

Several tourists to the island, mostly Canadians, have complained about the long period of isolation. Many are convinced that because they are not showing any symptoms, they could not carry the virus.

All travelers leaving the island must show a negative COVID-19 test to board any airline, including those inside and outside of Canada.

Letter adapted to travel

Additionally, reports say airlines have told passengers they only need to quarantine themselves for five days and then get a doctor’s letter to travel.

Quarantine days have dropped from a high of 14 to 10 before dropping to five today, unless the negative test shortens the length.

“Jamaica put on an extra layer, so if you continue to test positive you will be quarantined,” Reader explained.

He argued that 90% of people who tested positive had no symptoms and believed they were fine and should not be in quarantine.

Shortening the days, he says, will also benefit his staff, as it will allow them to do better in terms of income.

“It’s a win-win situation, when you combine customer satisfaction with employee income,” Reader said.

Dr Sherridene Lee, who operates three test sites under her i-doc Wellness Concierge Services brand, agreed with Reader that this could be a game-changer for the industry, once Department of Health guidelines are strictly followed.

“Initially, I was concerned about the CDC’s new quarantine guidelines and their implications if implemented in Jamaica. However, I was grateful and relieved when the Minister of Health announced a protective layer, adding the need for a negative PCR test, ”she said. The gleaner.

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