Sunday, September 25, 2022

Saint Lucia Announces Revised Isolation & Quarantine Protocols

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Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and Elderly Affairs has announced new isolation and quarantine protocols as the country battles a massive fifth COVID-19 wave.

Effective Monday, January 24, 2022, for persons who are considered close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, the quarantine period may end after receiving a negative PCR test result.

In making the disclosure, National Epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Francois explained that individuals should take the test on Day 7 after the last contact with the confirmed case of COVID-19.

Francois explained that a test before day seven after the last contact with the COVID-19 case could produce a false negative, requiring another test on day seven.

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“If symptoms develop during the quarantine period, the individual is advised to get another test. Individuals who are fully vaccinated and test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms may end the isolation period after seven days,” she stated.

However, the senior Health Ministry official explained that the isolation period must restart if symptoms develop after testing positive.

“Day 0 being the first day of symptoms and terminated on completion of Day 10,” Francois said.

She said for asymptomatic COVID-positive individuals who are unvaccinated the isolation period remains ten days from the date of the sample which led to the confirmation of COVID-19.

“If symptoms develop after testing positive, the isolation period should start over. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms and the 10 days of isolation must be restarted,” the National Epidemiologist pointed out.

In addition, Francois said for all persons who test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, a 10-day isolation period must be completed.

She said the individual must also be asymptomatic for three consecutive days (days 8, 9 & 10) to obtain discharge from isolation.

Her complete statement appears below:

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Well well well, the confusion continues. I thought our MOH was staffed by intelligent people. It looks like they are only educated. On another note I don’t understand why vaccinated asymptotic persons should have shorter isolation periods. You have admitted that the only benefit of the vaccine is to the recipient in preventing serious illness and and death, then why treat the two groups differently. The isolation period should therefore be the same since they both can spread the virus.

    A similar situation exists with travelers to this country. If you are vaccinated with a negative PCR test you are free to mingle with the population right away. But if you are unvaccinated with a negative PCR test you must spend 14 days in quarantine. Why!!!! And you want to blame the unvaccinated for spreading that shirt. Stop segregating us. No country has benefited from such a dangerous practice.

  2. Are these really professionals giving us that kind of advice. Correct me if I’m wrong but doing the test 7 days after being in contact with a positive case to me is too long and could be the difference in developing a mild or severe form of the virus. I’m utterly confused at the information that comes out from time to time.

  3. Why do you people always have us pulling at our hairs after explaining things to us.I don’t know for others but I am so damm confuse with all that talk.You know what I am not even trying to understand what is said I will just lock my a** home and throw away the keys.

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