Monday 23 November, 2020

VIDEO: St Lucia records two new COVID-19 cases

St Lucia has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 after seeing the previous 15 cases all recovering.

According to the Ministry of Health: "On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, results of 44 samples for persons tested for COVID-19 were received. Of that batch, we received 2 positive results and 42 negative.

The first of the two positive results is a 54-year-old female diabetic, who is a direct contact from a previous positive case and has been in isolation from April 4, 2020. She is clinically doing well.

The second case is a 20-year-old male, son of a previous confirmed case, who has been in isolation from April 4, 2020, and is doing well.

It must be noted that both of the new cases are contacts of a confirmed case and have been monitored in quarantine and isolation at the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility from April 4, 2020.

Saint Lucia has now recorded a total of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19, fifteen of whom have recovered and been discharged from care. A total of 490 tests have been carried out to date.

We are still implementing our national response to the COVID-19 epidemic and as such, we should collectively remain focused and committed to reducing the spread of this virus.

Some individual measures that need to be sustained include hygiene measures such as hand washing and respiratory etiquette, use of homemade face masks, remaining home and away from public places when sick. Also, ensure personal hygiene and keep homes and office spaces clean.

The population most at risk would require special considerations to keep them safe and healthy. This includes ensuring control of chronic conditions, staying at home as much as possible and facilitating the services to them as needed.

The Ministry of Health will continue to remain vigilant and maintain the capacity for early detection, aggressive contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, testing and treatment capacity. We will continue to keep you informed in a timely manner. We have expanded the testing protocols to cover persons with respiratory symptoms within the communities, which will continue today and over the weekend.

The Ministry of Health continues active surveillance for COVID-19 but in the interim, we ask all to remain guarded. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms go to the nearest respiratory clinic or call one of our telemedicine physicians for guidance. If there is the need for any general information on COVID you may call our 311 information hotline from 7 am to 12 midnight daily. All these telephone services are free to public.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to provide the public with regular updates on COVID-19.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively."

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