Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Integrating The COVID-19 Response Into Saint Lucia’s Health System

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As of February 28, 2022 Saint Lucia has diagnosed a total of 22,688 cases in country, with 187 active cases presently. The daily infection rate for the last 7 days is 10.2 per 100,000 population per day which represents a 60% reduction from last week, with a 20% average testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 0.6.

We have noted a total of 359 COVID-19 deaths. We have 13 positive COVID-19 cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, 2 cases are critically ill and 1 case is severely ill.

Since the commencement of the 5th wave on December 16, 2021, 9,559 cases have been diagnosed with an average of 131 cases per day. Women account for 58% of the cases and 63 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded 62% of which is male.

The majority of the deaths are COVID-19 related due to other associated chronic health conditions.

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Tourists account for 4.6% of the cases diagnosed for the past 7 days. Although the cases diagnosed are noted island-wide, the highest incidence of cases are occurring in the northern regions of the island.

This past week we continue to register low numbers of cases, the seven day average approximation continues to indicate a steep downward trend in the epidemiological curve. We note reductions in most of the public health indicators.

As we move towards living safely with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs has integrated many aspects of the COVID-19 response into the general functions of the system.

This will facilitate the strengthening of the other public health and primary care programs which have been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The isolation, quarantine and testing protocols have already been communicated.

The changes to the contact tracing, home monitoring, vaccination sites and Respiratory Clinics location changes will be shared this week.

Most of the other services have been restored to normal operations. We appeal to all organizations, public and private sector to ensure the strengthening of all public health protocols. We continue working with the various sectors to reduce restrictive protocols without increasing health risks.

We continue to remind you of the following important measures:

  • Avoid large crowds and crowded areas
  • If you develop respiratory symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others. Avoid large meetings and crowded activities and social gatherings
  • Ensure the protocols are maintained at all work places and sectors, on minibuses and commercial and tourism sector, gyms, hardware stores, supermarkets and recreational activities
  • Ensure safe physical distancing for face to face meetings and activities
  • Use of face mask when in public places
  • Ensure regular cleaning of surfaces and sanitation of all business establishments and environments
  • Ensure you remain in quarantine or isolation if you were a direct contact of a case or a member of your household is positive
  • Limit social activities at work
  • Encourage vaccination of employees

The Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at the various wellness centers and advertised vaccination sites.

These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19, its severe forms, complications, hospitalizations and death.

The booster vaccine is also available for persons who have been fully vaccinated for over 6 months. Everyone who has not been vaccinated is urged to get vaccinated urgently.

(Statement by Chief Medical Officer – Dr. Sharon Belmar-George)

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Somebody tell these people that life in the real world has moved on from the Coof. Not interested anymore.

    • idioms

      a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.

      • @Quick Draw: I was having fun deconstructing the idiom to reverse criticism of “Just saying” by Hitman…as in, “if you don’t want to attract flies, you should stop $#1tt1ng around!

  2. Studies have shown masks have no effect on spread of Covid save properly fitting N95 masks. Anyone with half a brain knew that from day 1.
    Covid is not spread via surfaces.
    Those “vaccines” show negative efficacy against covid with a significant list of bad reactions, including death. When you consider covid’s average survival rate in healthy individuals is 99.9% (96.4% in over 80 – 100% in under 5) then is it worth the risk of taking this knowing you are at greater risk for bad outcomes.
    Everytime this woman opens her mouth, it further shows she knows nothing. She really should be fired.

  3. THEY BETTER I AM COMING DOWN IN JUNE THINGS BETTER BE DIFFERENT, PCR TEST CAN GO, I HAVE MY OWN HOME SO NO QUARENTINE, THE MASK CAN STAY STILL NOT EVERYONE IS VACCINATED, SO LETS GET MOVING PLEASE.

  4. Why not drop the requirement for a PCR test for visitors then? There are many other places we can visit and spend money that don’t need fully vaccinated people to pay for a PCR test before arrival.

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