The number of COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia continues to rise, with Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George announcing 8 new patients who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Belmar-George made the announcement in a statement Wednesday.
The statement is reproduced below:
Today, Wednesday October 28, 2020 the Ministry of Health & Wellness received confirmation of eight new cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed to date in country to 73.
There are now 46 active cases isolated and in care.
- Case #66 is a 33 year old female from the Laborie district
- Case #67 is a 35 year old female from the Laborie district
- Case #68 is a 62 year old female from the Vieux-Fort district
- Case #69 is a 60 year old female from the Vieux-Fort district
- Case #70 is a 37 year old female in quarantine at the Rodney Bay Public Medical Facility
- Case #71 is a 21 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
- Case #72 is a 29 year old female from the Castries district
- Case #73 is a 23 year old female from the Castries district
- Cases # 70, #71, #72 and #73 are linked to cases #41 and #58
- Case #66 is linked to case #61
All cases, following testing for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine awaiting their results.
They have since been placed in isolation at the Respiratory Hospital.
It can be noted that there is a distribution of cases to additional districts, which points to the widening in transmission of the virus across the island.
We must remain vigilant. We must remain committed to doing all within our control to limit the spread of COVID-19 amongst us.
Everyone needs to act responsibly to reduce our exposure to the virus.
Anyone with respiratory symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat should not be at work, socializing or in any public place.
It is important that people who are unwell seek care promptly at the closest Community Respiratory Clinic.
The Ministry of Health once more reminds everyone to:
- wash and sanitize hands often throughout the day
- always wear a mask while in public
- maintain a separation of six feet from others while on public, which is about two arm’s
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.