(CMR) The United States Embassy in Jamaica has suspended visa and consular service today after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure was confirmed earlier today on their website. Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed earlier today that the employee was the second imported case of the virus.
The employer is said to have returned from Kingston from the United Kingdom. They will now be sanitizing the premises in an effort to contain the virus.
The embassy had unexpectedly closed yesterday with many speculating it was related to the first known case on the island. A statement issued yesterday stated:
“The Government of Jamaica has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All travelers entering the island with recent travel to China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, and Spain may be denied entry or will be subject to immediate quarantine or isolation if symptomatic. Out of an abundance of caution, the Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Kingston is closed for routine services on March 11, 2020. The Consular Section will reopen on March 12, 2020.”
However, they had already suspected this individual may have had the virus given their symptoms and embassy staff was instructed to self-quarantine for the next two weeks.
All persons with appointments should contact the U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands in Cayman on +345-945-8173 or via email CaymanACS@state.gov.