A new ward has been opened at the Cornwall Regional Hospital to house COVID patients.
Chief medical officer of health for the parish, Dr Marcia Johnson-Campbell, told Thursday’s monthly meeting of the St James Parish Council that the new ward accommodates 24 beds.
At the same time, Johnson Campbell said a four-bed isolation unit has now been completed in a section of the accident and emergency department of the hospital.
As at Wednesday, Jamaica had recorded 7,171 COVID infections and 126 deaths.
Of that total, St James has recorded 545 infections and 12 deaths.
The COVID cases include 18 at the Teleperformance Call Centre in Montego Bay this week.