Press Release:- Today Sunday, August 8, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 58 new cases of COVID-19. This is from a batch of 359 samples taken during the period August 3, 2021 to August 7, 2021. These samples were processed on August 7, 2021.
These newly diagnosed individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In accordance with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these individuals in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
The Ministry of Health also received confirmation of the recovery of 25 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 290. Presently, one of the active cases requires critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 5837.
As of August 7, 2021 a total of 32, 810 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 25, 543 individuals have received the second dose.
Tomorrow Monday, August 9, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Vigie Sports Complex and the Soufriere Hospital Grounds. People can also access the COVID-19 vaccine at the various community wellness centers around the island and can call or walk-in to make an appointment.
As we continue to note an increase in COVID-19 cases and prepare for the introduction of the Delta variant, the health authorities encourage individuals 18 years and older to get vaccinated.
The Ministry of Health appeals to the public to protect themselves and others by limiting social activities and practicing the infection prevention and control measures.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to be managed, we should prepare as this will pose a demand on the healthcare resources especially the respiratory hospital, nurses, health workers and those from various organizations.
In an effort to control the spread of the virus in Saint Lucia, we continue to encourage people with respiratory signs and symptoms to avoid crowds and to access care at any of the five Community Respiratory Clinics.
These include the Vieux-Fort Wellness Center, Dennery Hospital, Soufriere Hospital, La Clery Wellness Center and the Gros-Islet Polyclinic. It is important that we all take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and ensure that all protocols are adhered to.
Let us continue washing our hands regularly with soap and flowing water, wearing a mask in public places and ensuring it covers the mouth, nose and chin, maintaining a distance from others and also sanitizing frequently touched surfaces using a bleach solution.
The Ministry of Health once again reiterates the need to avoid crowds and to keep away from others if experiencing respiratory symptoms.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.