Press Release:– The Ministry of Health and Wellness today Monday March 29, 2021 received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 22 new cases of COVID-19.
These results are from a batch of 120 samples.
The samples were taken on March 26, 2021 and March 27, 2021.
These samples were processed on March 27, 2021.
All of the twenty two individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where
they were assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have been made to place these newly diagnosed cases in isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 4 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.
This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 133.
At present, two of the active cases require critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4224.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total
number of deaths in country to date to 59.
Death #59 is a 71 year old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illnesses who passed away while in care.
The Ministry of Health extends sympathies to the family and loved ones of this individual.
As of Friday March 26, 2021 a total of 21, 494 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Saint Lucia.
The public is reminded that the COVID-19 vaccination drive for individuals in Phases 1A and 1B continues this week.
Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time via the online platform https://hmi.govt.lc/ or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you.
The Ministry of Health encourages everyone to continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
– Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
– Maintain a physical distance from others
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
– If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
information becomes available.