Advisory 2 | COVID-19

11 March, 2020

The UWI Mona Campus is closely monitoring COVID-19 in Jamaica. To date, there is still one confirmed case of the virus in the country. The University remains open and operational, with preventative measures being given high priority at this time as the health, safety and welfare of our students and staff remain our top priority. We have contingencies in place to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning and other business operations of the campus.

It will be important that members of our community keep informed on the facts of COVID-19 and be disciplined in practicing preventative measures. Below are some measures the University has implemented to reduce the risk of transmission within our community:

  • Suspension of Gate Passes
  • International Travel Restriction
  • Withdrawal of Students in the Faculty of Medical Sciences from emergency rooms and casualty departments in hospitals across the country
  • More frequent cleaning and sanitization of office and classroom spaces and halls of residence
  • Online and telephone support services in administrative offices is encouraged rather than face to face

What You Need to Know about COVID-19

Although there is currently no treatment, more than 90% of those infected have recovered.

Those most at risk for serious complications from the virus are the elderly and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.

Effective personal hygiene and care is critical for minimizing the spread COVID-19.

Frequent hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds is strongly encouraged as the virus is transmitted through touching the eyes, nose and mouth. As much as possible avoid touching your face. Use a hand sanitizer when frequent hand washing is not possible. The UWI Mona understands the shortage of sanitizers and wishes to assure the community that we are making our own supply available through the Basic Medical Sciences Department.

Practice Social Distancing – Maintain two meters/6 feet distance from others, especially those displaying symptoms of illness.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptom *





dry cough




sputum production (mucus)


shortness of breath


joint pain


sore throat




The Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that individuals who display these symptoms remain home and self-quarantine.

What to do if you develop symptoms while on campus:

Call the Health Centre immediately if you think you have been exposed or experiencing signs and symptoms: 876- 927-2520 or the Ministry of Health and Wellness hotline at 888-663-5683.

Individuals with suspected cases of COVID-19 will be taken to the hospital by either members of the UWI Mona Health Centre or the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The University Hospital of the West Indies is one of the designated hospitals for treating patients with COVID-19.