Saint Lucia Confirms Fourth COVID-19 Case

Press Release:-  As of March 27, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 509, 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 23, 335 deaths. There are now 81, 137 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas.

The affected region includes Dominican Republic (581), Haiti (8), Barbados (26), Jamaica (30), Cuba (80), Dominica (11), Grenada (7), Trinidad and Tobago (66), Guyana (5), Antigua and Barbuda (7), Bahamas (10), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (1), Guadeloupe (96), Martinique (81), Puerto Rico (79), Saint Barthelemy (5), Aruba (33), Saint Martin (13), US Virgin Islands (19), Cayman Islands (8).

As of this week Saint Lucia commenced testing for COVID-19 in country and the first batch of tests were conducted on Friday, March 27. To date, twenty-nine (29) tests were done with twenty-eight (28) being negative.

On Saturday, March 28 the Laboratory Director at the Ezra Long Laboratory of the Owen King EU Hospital reported one positive case which brings our national total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to four (4).

This is the first positive case from local testing.

The individual is a 49 year old female national, nurse by profession, with a travel history to the United Kingdom.

She returned to Saint Lucia on Saturday, March 21 and was placed in quarantine during which time she developed a cough and samples were taken for testing. Her results have confirmed that she is positive for COVID-19 and she has since been transferred into isolation. The individual is doing well and she is in good spirits.

The Department of Health is currently undertaking routine contact tracing as required by our protocol.

As indicated in a press update earlier this week, the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were repatriated to the United Kingdom this week. The third case has recovered but has been kept in isolation as a precautionary measure to minimize any possible risk of transmission.

To date, Saint Lucia has over 300 persons in quarantine. This quarantine is a combination of homebased and facility-based quarantine; approximately 260 in facility quarantine and about 50 in home quarantine. Facility quarantine commenced on Friday, March 20 and to date, three facilities have been established for this purpose. Persons managed at the facility-based quarantine sites are managed at the expense of the state and this includes the provision of their boarding, meals as well as their medical assessments and monitoring. All persons in facility-based quarantine are doing well and have developed no symptoms of COVID-19 to date. As such, there has been no need for testing of these individuals. In keeping with global standards and protocols, testing is done only when persons develop symptoms of the virus to ensure accuracy of testing results.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Government of Saint Lucia instituted a national country scale down of national services for a period of two weeks.

The public has been guided that this measure is put in place to reduce direct person to person contact and as such, reduce the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19.

This measure requires the support and compliance of all to adopt an unusual physical distance from other persons or objects in public places.

Though this may be seemingly difficult, the measure is one of the most effective and means of preventing local transmission and requires the input of every single individual in making our national response to COVID-19 effective.

By each and every one playing their part during this scale down by remaining at home, avoiding social activities and public places together we will be better placed to prevent the spread of the virus.

We continue to advise the public to focus on the maintenance of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection.

These include: – – regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available. – – cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing. –

– avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. – seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel.

The Department of Health and Wellness will continue providing regular updates on COVID-19.


  1. My question, what kind of quarantine was she placed on, home based or facility based quarantine? If facility then was she placed in a room with other people? Are these people in isolation as well? If home based who has been monitoring her, who has visited her, has she been out to get supplies? I do have a few questions.

  2. The virus is climbing our ladder. Let be careful and do what is right for our country, our ppl, our family. Ley us cripple the virus before it get too far by doing the right thing. God is with us throughout the battle. No one should Harbor fugitives, report suspicious activities and save our Country. We are victims in a crossfire.

  3. That 49 year old it the same one that was sent HOME from the airport? While others were transported to Starfish? I dunno I’m asking.

    • Thought you had the option of self quarantine if you live alone or have the means. Darren Sammy is self quarantined at his home

      • Yes, that is correct, if you meet certain conditions. They’ve explained this before. It’s a common practice in most countries, although Guyana recently decided to discontinue it.

    • Listen to the news next time to get your info. Btw, no planes came in during the time the boat from martinique came in. And the news here clearly states when she came in and what they did.

  4. I think everyone in quarantine that was in high risk areas should be tested because some people can be asymptomatic and them go out there and spread that deadly disease.

  5. Too many persons were allowed to Go home from England .USA Canada and Martinique
    .They were never Screen for the Virus .Our Health Shitstem in St.Lucia is Minus Zero and persons taking it as a joke .St.Lucia will Record more Cases in days to Come .Because How many persons Came in Illegally from Martinique

    • I guess you would know because you’re one of them. It’s people like you that spread false news and spread fear among lucians so my suggestion is that you shut da hell up if you have none good to say. Btw, get tested to see if you’re amongst those who have the symptoms.

      • Denial is always the first symptom followed by illiteracy case and point. How do you know it’s 4 because of ……? So does the data reveal those Jackasses boiling bush ? That’s been experiencing flue like symptoms but don’t want to get quarantine . If 1 turn into 2 and 2 turn into 3 now we are at 4 what is stopping 5 & 6. Save your comments for me until the end of the week. If you would like to bet on it i’m game donkey brains.

  6. This is not good. This decision will get rid of our population. every single individual in quarantine must be tested. symptoms or not. some people can be asymptomatic. they look fine. but they can spread this dangerous disease through out the population. we have to follow the model of South Korea and Germany to test everyone in quarantine or we will be facing the end in this small island. this decision must be reconsidered for the good of everyone in this island.

    • To say we’re facing the end is a bit dramatic. The disease is dangerous for those with underlying conditions and the elderly. It can kill quite a bit but based on statistics from Germany, the mortality rate is lower than dramatised.

      • People like you are in denial. Heard reports that millions actually cant be accounted for in some places who had the virus first. so millions of telephone users are no longer. gone. In new york here the death toll coming way up and you thinking dramatic! most in ICU here are the young. so stop your stupidity. this bio engineering is designed not to play around

  7. When these persons Leave the Quarantine Locations and Return to their Homes and Communities that’s where St.Lucia will be in Serious problems .Everyone in Quarantine should be tested and Stucia would be on the Right Track .But that is not Being done Why?

  8. Merline u really do sound like one of those flambo hacks on slap and crap. Your dna is all over those “go and volunteer” comments. Keep on playing you all red vs yellow politics with serious issues…. carry on just wait just wait. Pwen tan ou. I know pete nimfall will never publish my comment because well we all know y. Carry on pete just wait wait for a few weeks.

  9. I just would like the give the government thumbs up on the way they are handling this pandemic ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  10. To what I know everyone in quarantine is being monitored for a temperature. Once that person above normal they will be doing a covid19 test,so far the health care athourites are on top of everything.That is why I’m pleading and begging the people of Martinique stay away stop the harbouring back that is not good for st.lucians๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ

  11. Information seem to suggest that the virus will be with us into July to August. I understand there’s a smart phone App that allows people to report/communicate their symptoms to a central Monitoring Control Agency. If we can get the App it should be relatively easy to keep tabs on quarantined individuals.

  12. I am just sharing this video because I care about my country and the lunacy to test only people who show symptoms should go out of the window. We must test everyone in quarantine. its either we pay the short term price now of testing as much as we could and make our population healthy or we go the way of the US and UK by not testing and get rid of most people on this island. This virus is no joke. we are at risk. the medical community is at risk. Essentially the doctor is saying that even when these people have no symptoms they are a danger to others including family, friends and the health workers who treat them. so this project not to test by the chastanet and his medical team is wrong. it will get all of us including them in trouble, this virus is no respecter of persons. best we face the true scale of this pandemic now in our community rather than we just depart in ignorance.

  13. We need to keep it simple. Practice social distancing, while government needs to implement contact tracing, which they might already be doing. People who knowing think they might be sick should self quarantine.
    We all need to take this opportunity while at home to reflect on our lives, by reengaging with our family, your creator if you are a believer. Build that bond that helps strengthen family and community. Use this occasion to help your neighbor and self enlighten. With their limited resources government can only do so much, so itโ€™s up to us to take the next step and follow true and proven guidelines to help us get through these trying times.

  14. Black shade is correct …some folk could be asymptotic while harboring the COVID 19…please test those quarantined before releasing. In addition, please keep their information should someone turn up positive later. Remember a negative test today does not mean immunity forever..negative today and be positive tomorrow..let us use wisdom.

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