Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Visitor to St Lucia is island's latest COVID-19 case

Saint Lucia has recorded a new case of COVID-19, bringing the national figure to 27.

The country's last new case was announced back in mid-August, and all 26 cases had recovered.

The newest patient is the sole active case in the Caribbean island at present according to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George.

The patient has been identified as a 27-year-old male visitor who arrived in Saint Lucia on September 6, 2020.

“On arrival, the individual went through the necessary screening and proceeded to a COVID-19 approved accommodation. However, it should be noted that where health authorities have reason to require additional testing in country this is undertaken, as obtained with this traveler. Within our national protocol for visitors and nationals, there is consideration for re-testing,” Dr Belmar said.

Contact tracing commenced immediately and will be continued to ensure all contacts are identified and the required interventions will be undertaken to manage risk of exposure.

“The Ministry of Health is also working closely with the hotel’s management to ensure that all measures are in place to minimize transmission to hotel workers and guests.

The Ministry of Health will provide further information on the progress of this case. As more sectors open and restrictions are reduced, the public is advised to take personal responsibility to protect themselves, families and the public in general from exposure to the COVID-19 virus,” Belmar said.

The public is advised that protocols are still in place. These measures include the use of face masks in public and maintaining the recommended 6-foot physical distance guidelines.

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