Saint Lucia’s National Epidemiologist, Dr. Michelle Francois, says that inactive telephone numbers make it difficult for the Island’s COVID-19 contact tracing team to reach individuals.
In a statement Friday evening, Francois explained that once someone tests positive for COVID-19, they are assigned a contact tracer who informs them of the positive result, collects data on exposure and contacts, and provides guidance on testing ways to keep their family safe.
” Please note that contact is made based on the information provided at the testing site,” Francois stated.
As a result, she explained it was important for people who access testing services to give the health care provider active telephone numbers.
Francois observed that when an individual provides the phone number of a next of kin, they should inform that person who should be able to contact them.
According to Francois, as of October 7, 2021, the Ministry of Health recorded a total of 11 890 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Officials estimate that the current fourth COVID-19 wave began around July 25, 2021, and since then, over 6,000 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 87 cases daily.
There are currently 1 159 active cases,” the National Epidemiologist stated.
“An estimated 35 percent of infections are asymptomatic, and thus, it is not always possible to determine who is infected. It is therefore important that we do not drop our guard and continue to make safe choices,” she advised.
The complete statement appears below:
Headline photo: Dr. Michelle Francois