Press Release:– Today Wednesday March 17, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 14 new cases of COVID-19.
These results are from a batch of 189 samples taken during the period March 14 to March 16, 2021.
The samples were processed on March 16, 2021.
All of these fourteen 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.
The Ministry of Health has since made arrangements 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 17 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 158.
Presently, two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new casesbring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4083.
As of yesterday, March 16, 2021, a total of 19, 263 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Saint Lucia.
The public is reminded that during this week, March 15, 2021 to March 19, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination drive will cater to individuals who are homebound due to age or immobility.
These individuals are encouraged to make an appointment at their nearest Community Wellness Center to receive the vaccine at home.
As the new protocols come into effect today, Wednesday March 17, 2021, the Ministry of Health calls on the general public to adhere to the advisories issued by the Government of Saint Lucia.
Everyone is asked to continue having a great level of awareness and to continue taking extra precaution to protect themselves, their families, friends and others against the COVID-19 virus.
Let us all continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to minimize 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
– 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.