Local media in Jamaica reports that the second COVID-19 case in the island is a U.S. Embassy Jamaica employee who recently returned from the UK. Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Chris Tufton tweeted confirmation of the second case on March 11.
The US Embassy released a statement acknowledging the media reports but cites “privacy concerns” in declining to share additional information. It has, however, announced the suspension of routine consular services until further notice and that the “Embassy is in the process of sanitizing the premises to prevent further outbreak.”
Kingston, Jamaica – We are aware of reports of a COVID-19 case related to an Embassy Kingston employee. Due to privacy concerns, we are not able to share additional information.
The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas and locally-employed staff.
In coordination with Jamaican authorities, Embassy Kingston is implementing all appropriate measures to help control the spread of COVID-19.
The Embassy is in the process of sanitizing the premises to prevent further outbreak.
Our Consular Section will not be providing routine services – including visa processing and American citizens services – until further notice. U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance should call 876-702-6000.
U.S. citizens who decide to travel to Jamaica should review and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus, read the Travel Advisory and Country Information Page for Jamaica on travel.state.gov, and enroll their travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov).
Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica | U.S. Embassy in Jamaica https://t.co/FAB2tA1OWe
— Diplopundit WASH HANDS FOR 20SEC Pls (@Diplopundit) March 11, 2020
The second confirmed case of the Corona Virus (Covid-19) is a US Embassy employee who returned from the UK.
— Dr. Chris Tufton (@christufton) March 11, 2020
BREAKING: Jamaica's Health Minister has confirmed second case of the coronavirus on the island. The person is a US Embassy employee who returned from the UK. pic.twitter.com/MteoKhLIc4
— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) March 11, 2020
#Breaking: Update from #Jamaica – employee of US Embassy in Kingston has tested positive for the coronavirus. Consular & visa services are suspended. 2nd case in English-speaking #Caribbean. https://t.co/g0dlTnpYnh
— Kenya Evelyn (@LiveFromKenya) March 11, 2020