Saint Lucia Anticipates COVID-19 Surge In School-Age Population Amid Sixth Wave

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Saint Lucia expects an increase in COVID-19 cases among its school-age population as the Island copes with a sixth wave of the virus, a senior Health Ministry official has disclosed.

Dr. Delphina Vernor is the District Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs.

” Given the increase in our daily positivity and infection rates, we expect to see increases in the number of school aged children diagnosed with the virus,” she explained.

In a statement on Thursday, she said the continued impact of COVID-19 on the education sector and the future of children’s education is a matter of grave concern.

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“It is crucial that students who are unwell not attend school. They should be assessed and tested for COVID-19 if deemed necessary by the health practitioner,” Vernor advised.

In this regard, she noted that COVID-19 symptoms vary.

According to the senior health official, students may present with typical flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and fever.

Vernor said others might have gastroenteritis-like symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, while some might complain of headaches or fatigue.

“If your child complains of feeling unwell, I urge you to do the right thing and get them assessed,” she stated.

Vernor also advised that if one household member is experiencing symptoms and is awaiting a COVID-19 test result, other children should stay home pending its receipt.

And noting an increase in rapid test kit use, the District Medical Officer explained that while the kits help in screening, the Ministry of Health requires PCR test confirmation.

She also said it was essential to report a child’s positive home tests to the school.

Vernor stressed the need for parental responsibility while highlighting the availability of Pfizer vaccines for 12-17-year-olds – the most affected group of youngsters.

” Please consider vaccination for your eligible children and of course, for yourself,” she said.

The complete statement appears below:

(Story updated)

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  1. It’s important this information is communicated without the fear and guilt factor.
    Covid 19 seems endemic in most societies…we must learn to live with it,at least manage it.

  2. Excuse me mam, Why are we still advocating covid-19 vaccines, more so on our children!? Have you read the released Pfizer documents? I suggest you Do!!!

    • I have seen some of the documents, read the the studies and boy it is just jaw dropping how fraudulent this entire thing is. Less than 10% efficacy. They knew about waning efficacy from one month on. They knew all along natural immunity was superior. It is the biggest con ever pulled on the world.

      How many doctors worldwide actually analysed any of the data before they recommended these shots? I guarantee you it is less than 1%. The same 1% that are advising caution. The same 1% that were ridiculed and threatened. The rest just went along with whatever they were told. I am convinced after this the vast majority of doctors are not intelligent. A cornerstone of Intelligence is investigation and adaption. They went to school and regurgitated what they were force fed.

      The virus can travel 6 feet. No 6 foot 1 inch. It can live on all surfaces except things that come in the mail from Amazon and other big online stores. It is harmless during the election campaign train but deadly in bars, restaurants, barbershops, hair salons and other places owned by small business people. It is safe in take out food but deadly in dine in restaurants. If you stop for one second to objectively analyse those protocols you will quickly deduce it is a clown show indeed.

  3. Wow. What a society. It seems that the children are the sacrificial LAMB”’ Are they the ones in mass crowd events…Friday Nights..Funeral…Boat Rides,,,,River Bash?????? Block O…night jam..Caarnival??????? When will we as a people take responsibility for our Sins.

    • Exactly ZERO children have died from covid in St. Lucia. To call them sacrificial lambs is downright silly.

  4. you also forgot to mention that even though they maybe experiencing these symptoms they may just have the normal cold or flu and not covid. Before people hear you cough or sneeze they already thinking is covid you have like you cant have a normal cold or allergies

    • More brains have been washed than hands in the last two year. Thats what brainwashed people do.

  5. so now the children missing out more. at least when it was alternate days the sardines were not as packed. I thought the CMO said they don’t need the distancing, but now they putting everyone at risk just so that they can have more cases and push the vaccine .

  6. Who have the keys of the asylum to the inmates … you the voters . So shut up and eat more green figs

  7. Why didn’t you advice the government to cancel GI Friday night and Carnival? You scare your SLP husband beat you?

  8. In the meantime, whole school continues? Packed classes until everybody gets sick and must stay home?

    • Exactly my point! Ministry of Health apparently is not working with Education. How can you be issuing a statement like this yet whole school continues. Theres no social distancing in schools and classes are packed up to 32-34 students. Wowwwwww. Yet Your solution is keep kids home if they fall sick. The brilliance is epic

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