Manager of Corporate Communications at Jet Blue, Derek Dombrowski, in a statement this evening, said "After an investigation, the crewmember in question is no longer with JetBlue. We continue to offer our apologies for the frustration and concern this incident has caused and reiterate our confidence in the health protocols Jamaica has put in place," he said.
Dombrowski, in an earlier statement apologised to the Goverment of Jamaica on behalf of the airline. "We deeply apologise to the people of Jamaica and the Jamaican government for the concern and frustration this incident has caused,” he said.
Kalina Collier arrived in Jamaica on January 28 and was scheduled to depart on February 1. On Saturday, January 30, Collier did an antigen test that returned a positive result; another test an hour later came out negative. However, as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the two tests, the Ministry of Health and Wellness recommended a PCR test on February 2, which came back positive. She was given a 14-day quarantine order by the health ministry.
Collier put out a story on social media that she was being held against her will in Jamaica which went viral. However, the police as well as health officials disputed her claims.
In a statement the Jamaica Constabulary Force said on arrival in Jamaica, Collier, who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, was placed in isolation.
This was in keeping with Jamaica’s COVID-19 prevention protocols as stipulated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and Collier remained in isolation until medical clearance was given her to travel home.
According to the JCF, representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the local police had been in contact with Collier’s mother, who travelled to Jamaica to see her daughter and to get clarity surrounting the situation.
The police say they visited Collier on Saturday, February 13 and that she was not at any time, in any danger.
The Police warned persons to desist from sharing social media posts claiming Collier has been kidnapped, as sharing false information can constitute an offence under the law.
Collier accompanied by her moither departed Jamaica on Sunday.
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