Saint Lucia has confirmed another four COVID-19 cases, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says.
Belmar-George issued the following statement Friday on the new cases:
Today, Friday November 6, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of four new cases of COVID -19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 110.
- Case #107 is a 57 year old female from the Laborie district
- Case #108 is a 58 year old female from the Laborie district
- Case #10 9 is a 71 year old male from the Laborie district
- Case #110 is a 24 year old male from the Castries district
All of the cases, following testing for COVID -19, were placed in quarantine awaiting their test results.
All four of these cases were identified through the contact tracing process.
Epidemiological links have been established for all four cases.
- Case #107 is linked to case #106.
- Case #108 is linked to case #104.
- Case #109 is linked to case #69.
- Case #110 is linked to case #95.
As per protocol, arrangements have been made for the transfer of these individuals into care at the Respiratory Hospital.
These new cases now bring the number of active cases currently in country to 78.
All cases remain stable and there are no cases requiring critical care.
The Ministry of Health continues to remind the public, in the interest of their health, it is best to avoid engaging in social gatherings and activities which lend themselves to a greater risk of exposure to the virus.
The risk of transmission is greater when people come together in one space.
It is with this reality in mind the Ministry of Health advises the public to go out into public places only when it is necessary which can include for work, to conduct business or to obtain groceries or supplies for their households.
By restricting movement to these activities, the risk of exposure to the virus will be reduced.
Continue daily practicing the guidelines which include:
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when handwashing is not possible
- wear a mask every time you are in public
- maintain a separation of six feet from others which is about two arm’s length apart – seek medical care if experiencing respiratory symptoms which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat
- avoid contact with people who are experiencing respiratory symptoms
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.