Health & Wellbeing
JAM | Jul 19, 2023

UWI urges caution as COVID-19 cases surge on campus

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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The University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI) is encouraging students on campus to take action to protect themselves in light of a surge in cases.

In a statement on Tuesday, July 18, The UWI announced that with the spike in COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, it has been impacted by cases in the halls of residence and some departments and faculties.

UWI is advising that students and staff wear masks while in public spaces, maintain physical distance as best as possible, wash hands frequently, stay home when ill, avoid sharing devices, work tools and equipment and report all cases of COVID-19 to the clinical director.

An aerial view the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus from the Hermitage Road entrance in St Andrew. (Photo: Facebook @UWIMona)

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, although cautioning against panic, has previously expressed concern about the uptick and urged citizens to observe the stipulated coronavirus prevention and control protocols, such as mask-wearing and sanitisation.

The Ministry of Health continues to promote vaccination among citizens. It also advised those who have already taken the vaccines to take booster shots. Vaccination sites are located at health centres islandwide. To find your nearest health centre, visit the ministry’s website.

Check out the full statement below:

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