Press Release:- Today Thursday May 20, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 17 new cases of COVID-19.
This is from a batch of 258 samples taken on May 17, 2021 and May 18, 2021.
These samples were processed on May 19, 2021.
These newly diagnosed individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place them in isolation.
The contact tracing for these newly diagnosed individuals is underway.
The Ministry of Health also received confirmation of the recovery of 25 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 236.
Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4923.
As of May 19, 2021 a total of 26, 975 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 17, 387 individuals have received the second dose.
Tomorrow Friday, May 21, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jacmel Wellness Centre and the Daren Sammy Cricket Grounds.
Individuals can also take advantage and utilize the mobile vaccination sites on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the Gros-Islet Bus Stand (Castries Gardens) and the Vieux-Fort Plaza.
All of these vaccination sites will cater to individuals 18 years and older for the first dose of the vaccine as well as individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
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 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.