Saint Lucia has received confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of nine new cases of the Delta Variant, all of whom are nationals.
In announcing the figures in a statement on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George disclosed that most cases are from Castries and Gros Islet.
“Five of them are female, four are male, and the ages range from 18 to 60 years,” Belmar George stated.
She explained that based on contact tracing data, most of the cases are the result of non-adherence to recommended protocols.
“We note excessive social activity, especially on weekends, even during the curfew hours. The contact tracing team has informed of the positive cases providing false contact information, withholding their place of employment and contacts. This prevents us from tracing and testing in a timely manner,” Belmar-George observed.
In addition, the CMO said the Respiratory Hospital has reported that many people remain at home with respiratory signs and symptoms for extended periods and only access care at the critical stage, which leads to poor outcomes.
She advised the public to access care at the respiratory clinics or the Respiratory Hospital if they are unwell.
“Signs and symptoms of concern include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, tightness or pain to the chest, feeling weak, pale or blue coloured skin, lips or nail beds,” Belmar George explained.
And she reminded people who are COVID-19 positive not to leave their place of isolation.
According to the CMO, from July 25, 2021, to September 26, 2021, Saint Lucia has noted 5,703 cases at an average of 91 cases daily .
“ During that period, we note 94 COVID-19 deaths with a case fatality rate of 1.6%. Females account for 53% of the deaths. The average age of the deaths is 66 years,” Belmar-George stated.
““We continue to ask the public to work with us and exhibit responsible behavior to manage this fourth wave. Let us all take personal responsibility to keep ourselves and families safe,” she urged.