Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Russian quarantined in St Lucia tested negative for coronavirus

Saint Lucia Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar George

Saint Lucia Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar George

Saint Lucia Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar George confirmed Wednesday evening that a Russian national quarantined at the Victoria Hospital tested negative for the Coronavirus.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness on Tuesday said that samples were taken from the patient and sent with urgency to the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) testing laboratory in Trinidad and the results were expected to be given by Friday, February 14, 2020.

However, during her appearance on DBS’s Newsmaker Live Wednesday evening, the CMO revealed that she had indeed received the results of the tests conducted.

“We are very grateful for the Caribbean Public Health Agency who were able to expedite the testing for us,” Dr Belmar said.

“Just before coming across I did get a call from Dr Joyclyn John and she indicated to us that the test was negative.  Our team we are quite elated that it's negative so we can clearly say that we do not have any suspect or cases of Coronavirus here in Saint Lucia,” the CMO revealed.

The Russian patient, according to Dr Belmar is suffering from a respiratory infection but is not the Coronavirus.

Further assessment she says will be done on the individual to determine the cause of the infection.

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