Three nurses have died from the COVID-19 virus. Two of the nurses were retirees while one was in active duty. This comes after a spike in COVID cases over the last and few days where nearly 3,500 cases have been confirmed and the announcement from the Health and Wellness Minister, Christopher Tufton that 12 major hospitals are at capacity for COVID patients.
Head of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Patsy Edwards-Henry shared that the spike in the numbers over the last few days, also includes several nurses.
The NAJ President is quite aware of the predicament facing the healthcare system but is adamant that one way to ease the anxiety and limit the spread of the virus is to provide more PPE gear for the active health care workers.
According to Edwards-Henry, there are currently more than 200 nurses who are at home either through quarantine regulations or because they have the virus.