Press Release:– Today Friday January 22, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received from the Ezra Long Laboratory confirmation of fifteen new cases of COVID-19 from a batch of 112 COVID19 tests.
The Ministry of Health also reports the recovery of 4 cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases in country to 342 active cases.
One case is in critical care and the others are all stable.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 770.
All cases are nationals who range in age from 9 years to 68 years.
Two cases are from the Anse La Raye district, eight from the Castries district and five from the Gros-Islet district.
All these individuals had been seen at community-based respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
As per protocol, they were placed in quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation upon being diagnosed with the virus.
The contact tracing team is presently undertaking investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 is placed in quarantine by health care practitioners.
This means the individual must remain within a dedicated space within the home which is
separate from other family members.
The individual is to await their results before resuming normal activity.
The Ministry of Health reminds all of the importance of maintaining the recommended infection prevention and control behaviours to reduce the spread of the virus:
– Frequently wash hands your with flowing water and soap
– Wear a mask when in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
– Maintain a six foot distance from others wherever possible
– 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, it is important to keep away from others and to urgently seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic for assessment.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
information becomes available.