Dr Tufton was on the road again this week—touring towns with Community Health Aides and sensitizing the public with mask giveaways, for instance—in western Jamaica and focused on mental health and tourism.
However, in his weekly ‘conversation’, the minister first shared data on the demographics of the western region with regard to COVID-19:
He then looked at the focus issues. The broadcast replay can be viewed here:
Other highlights follow:
Age and its relationship to COVID-19 deaths is a constant feature of the pandemic, even if some find it uncomfortable to focus on the link:
It seems pointless to ignore a clear and know set of vulnerabilities.
The minister has also been looking into COVID protocols in the tourism sector:
He also looked at ongoing health protocol issues with BPOs. Public health officials had ordered the closure of Teleperformance call centre on October 7 but it reopened its doors the next day, a move lauded by Minister Tufton during a tour of the facility where 18 workers have tested positive for COVID-19. He again stressed that the approach now being taken, as we learn to live with the virus, is to avoid bringing businesses to a halt when cases are discovered: “We want to discourage shutting down.”