Press Release:– The Ministry of Health and Wellness today Wednesday March 24, 2021 received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 12 new cases of COVID-19.
These results are from a batch of 188 samples.
The samples were taken during the period March 21 to March 23, 2021 and were processed on March 23, 2021.
The twelve individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were
assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have been made to place these newly diagnosed cases in isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 14 individuals diagnosed with COVID19.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 121.
At present, two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4161.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total
number of deaths in country to date to 58.
Death #58 is a 54 year old female from the Babonneau district with underlying medical illnesses who passed away while in care.
The Ministry of Health extends sympathies to the family and loved ones of this individual.
The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that as of yesterday March 23, 2021 a total of 20, 671 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Saint Lucia.
The public is reminded that the COVID-19 vaccination drive for individuals who are homebound due to age, illness or immobility continues this week March 22, 2021 to March 26, 2021.
These individuals are encouraged to make an appointment at their nearest Community Wellness Center to receive the vaccine at home.
The Ministry of Health reminds all to be mindful of the importance of behaving in ways that can reduce our exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
We all need to continue keeping our guard up and to continue practicing the infection prevention and control guidelines.
These include hand hygiene, use of a face mask in public covering the mouth, nose and chin, maintaining a distance from others and use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and handled objects.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care
at your closest community respiratory clinic.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
information becomes available.