154 workers at a Saint Lucia establishment have been tested for COVID-19 and placed in quarantine.
It’s in response to a report that a local who travelled to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday tested positive for the virus.
“The health team has visited the work place of the individual. All of the employees
were screened and a total of 154 employees have been tested and placed into quarantine,” Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George said in a statement Friday.
She observed that the Ministry of Health is awaiting reports on the occupational health and safety measures at the workplace from the Environmental Health Department to guide on the way forward.
Belmar-George also disclosed that the family and close friends of the individual have been tested and placed in government quarantine.
The results are expected to be available by this evening or tomorrow.
According to the Chief Medical Officer, none of the contacts of the individual, including the family, friends and employees, are symptomatic.
Belmar-George warned that as Saint Lucia continues with its phased re-opening, the risk for introduction of COVID-19 has increased.
“The public is advised on the adherence of the public health measures that have
been recommended,” she stated.
These include using face masks in public and maintaining a safe physical
distance from others.
Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 24 COVID-19 cases to date, 22 of which have fully
Two patients remain in care at the Respiratory Hospital and remain stable, it was revealed.
A total of 2,597 tests have been conducted to date.