Press Release:– Today Tuesday March 9, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 31 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.
This is from a batch of 181 samples taken during the period March 5, 2021 to March 7, 2021.
The samples were processed on March 7, 2021 and March 8, 2021.
All of the thirty one individuals were assessed and tested for COVID-19 at various community respiratory clinics.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals into isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3902.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 79 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19
bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 207.
There are two of the active cases presently requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The Ministry of Health continues to note the number of individuals accessing the services at the vaccination sites on a daily basis and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that as of yesterday March 8, 2021 Saint Lucia has vaccinated a total of 7869 individuals.
People in Phases 1A and 1B who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register and to visit the Community Wellness Centre nearest to them based on the vaccination drive
The Ministry of Health encourages everyone to continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
– Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
– Maintain a physical distance from others
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
– If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.
Headline photo caption: People at Vieux Fort centre wait to get the COVID-19 jab last week