Saint Lucia has recorded a steady decline in its COVID-19 transmission, with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George disclosing that the Island currently has a rate of 1.2.
In a statement on Monday, Belmar-George noted that the daily infection rate for the past week was 14 per 100,000 per day, which is a 25% decrease from the previous week.
“We continue to note the reduction in the transmission rate, hospitalization rates, positivity rates, and prevalence rates and forecasts average resolution of this fourth wave by November 2021,” she stated.
According to the CMO, from July 25, 2021, to the present, there were 6,897 cases at an average of 75 per day.
“50% are in the age group 25-49years. 57% of the cases are female. At present, we have 400 active cases in the country. The majority of the cases are from Castries, Gros- Islet, Vieux-Fort, and Babboneau. We are also managing a COVID-19 outbreak at the Bordelais Correctional Facility. There are presently 34 COVID-19 patients admitted to the Respiratory Hospital; 7 are severely ill,” the CMO said.
During that period, there were 151 COVID-19 deaths – an average of three deaths daily with a case fatality rate of 1.9%. Males account for 57% of the deaths.
Belmar-George spoke as Saint Lucia on Monday began a phased return to the physical classroom.
She revealed that the Ministry of Health is working closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and support staff.
“We appeal to parents to work closely with the schools to ensure a coordinated approach during this transition. We also appeal to the minibus sector to follow all recommended protocols to allow the safe transportation of students to school,” she said.
Belmar-George also called on the public to exhibit responsible behavior to ensure that COVID-19 numbers remain low.