COVID-19: 5 new cases in St Lucia; local transmission in play
During a live update on the coronavirus pandemic in St Lucia, Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar-George announced 5 new cases of the virus.
"On Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Ezra Long Lab at the OKEU Hospital reported a total of five new cases of COVID-19. This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded nationally to 9.
Case 1 is a 24-year-old female with a travel history to New York. She was quarantined at home and presented to our health facility on March 27.
Case 2 is a 45-year-old female with a travel history to New York who presented to our health care facility on March 24.
Case 3 is a 47-year-old female with recent travel history to Barbados and Dominica. She presented to our health facility on March 27.
Case 4 is a 36-year-old male with a travel history to Barbados and presented to our health care facility on March 27.
Case 5 is a 74-year-old female with no travel history or known contact with an individual with travel history. She presented at our health facility on March 27.
Given that case 5 has no travel history.or known contact with anyone with travel history, this confirmed case points to the existence of local transmission of COVID-19.
Aggressive tracing of the contacts of these cases is currently underway by health teams dispatched to the communities of interest."