Saint Lucia has recorded another eight new cases of COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, announced Sunday.
She made the announcement in a statement that is reproduced below:
Today, Sunday November 8, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of eight new cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 131.
- Case #124 is a 60 year old female from the Gros-Islet district
- Case #125 is a 32 year old male from the Choiseul district
- Case #126 is a 35 year old female from the Choiseul district
- Case #127 is a 31 year old male from the Choiseul district
- Case #128 is a 64 year old female from the Castries district
- Case #129 is a 28 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
- Case #130 is a 38 year old female from the Castries district
- Case #131 is a 58 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
All of the cases, following testing for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine awaiting their test results.
Six of these cases were identified through the contact tracing process and epidemiological links have been established for six of these cases.
Cases #124 and #131 are linked to case #78. Cases #126 and #127 are linked to case #68. Cases #129 and #130 are linked to cases #70, #71, #72 and #73.
As per protocol, arrangements have been made for the transfer of these individuals into care.
These new cases now bring the number of active cases currently in country to 99. All cases remain stable and there are no cases requiring critical care.
As we note the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in country, we need to stick to the basic measures for infection prevention and control.
Handwashing remains the standard for interrupting the spread of infections like the COVID-19 virus.
Handwashing, in combination with the wearing of a mask when in public, will offer significant protection from being infected with the virus.
It is also important that if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, that health services are accessed at the nearest respiratory clinic.
These community respiratory clinics are Gros-Islet Polyclinic, La Clery Wellness Centre, Dennery Hospital, Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre and Soufriere Hospital.
We take this opportunity to remind everyone that while experiencing respiratory symptoms, to avoid social gatherings and remain at home until recovery.
Continue daily practicing the other guidelines which include:
- when handwashing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- maintain a separation of six feet from others which is about two arm’s length apart
- immediately seek medical care if experiencing respiratory symptoms which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat
- be sure to avoid contact with people who are experiencing respiratory symptoms
All these practices, when done together, will significantly reduce the likelihood of being infected with the virus.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.