Press Release:– Today Wednesday March 10, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 39 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.
These results are from a batch of 186 samples taken on March 8 and March 9, 2021.
The samples were processed on March 9, 2021.
Twenty seven of the cases are inmates from the Bordelais Correctional Facility.
These individuals were assessed and tested for COVID -19 at the facility and were placed in quarantine awaiting receipt of their test results.
Presently , these individuals have all been placed in isolation.
The other twelve individuals are from the community and were seen at various respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID -19.
In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these newly diagnosed cases into isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 27 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 219.
Presently, three 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 3941.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to 47.
Death #47 is a 75 year old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illnesses who was in care at the time of his passing.
The Ministry of Health expresses condolences to the family and loved ones on the passing of this individual.
The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce that as of yesterday March 9, 2021 Saint Lucia has vaccinated a total of 10, 437 individuals.
Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to preregister ahead of time via the online platform https://hmi.govt.lc/ or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you .
The Ministry of Health reminds all of the importance of adopting habits that can reduce our exposure to the COVID -19 virus.
We all need to continue practicing the infection prevention and control guidelines of 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.