Tuesday 22 September, 2020

All COVID-19 patients have once again recovered in St Lucia

St Lucia has returned to a 100% COVID-19 recovery rate as the last remaining ill patient has recovered from the virus.

Back on April 22, 2020, St Lucia first achieved full recovery status with 15 cases. Thereafter, three new positive results were received.

"As of May 13, 2020, Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The last case has now recovered and been discharged from hospital. All eighteen cases are therefore fully recovered.

The Ministry of Health received results for 52 samples and they were all negative. These samples are mainly captured through the community respiratory clinics. This brings the total number tests conducted to date to 727.

Although we are pleased to maintain a low transmission level of COVID-19 in-country, we remind the public that we are still at risk and must remain vigilant as the threat continues. As we progress with the phased re-opening we must ensure that all protocols are adhered to.

We recognize the efforts of a wide cross-section of the population in adopting the recommended infection prevention and control measures and taking the necessary precautions when having to venture out into the public. We would like to see these measures adopted at the community level as well. We call on all community leaders, gate-keepers and heads of organizations to support the Ministry of Health in the implementation of these measures.

We continue to request that every individual practices the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. These include:

  • regular handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available
  • cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing
  • avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
  • wear your homemade or cloth mask whenever venturing out from home
  • maintain a 6 foot distance when in public even while wearing a mask
  • seek medical attention if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel
  • refrain from touching items unless you intend to buy them when grocery shopping and otherwise

The Department of Health and Wellness will continue providing 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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