The number of COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia continues to rise, with Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George Sunday announcing nine new patients.
She made the following statement on the new cases:
Today Sunday November 15, 2020, the Ministry of Health received confirmation of nine new cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 171.
Case #163 is a 42 year old male from the Choiseul district
Case #164 is a 27 year old male from the Castries district
Case #165 is a 38 year old male from the Castries district
Case #166 is a 32 year old female from the Vieux-Fort district
Case #167 is a 40 year old female from the Gros-Islet district
Case #168 is a 10 year old female from the Gros-Islet district
Case #169 is a 60 year old female from the Laborie district
Case #170 is a 26 year old male from the Babonneau district
Case #171 is a 39 year old female from the Castries district
All of these individuals, after being assessed and tested for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results.
Five of these cases were identified through the contact tracing process and epidemiological links have been established for these five cases.
Cases #163 and #166 are linked to case #109. Case #164 is linked to case #142.
Cases #167 and #168 are linked to case #147.
As per protocol, arrangements have been made to place these individuals into care.
The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce the recovery of a total of 13 cases of COVID-19 from Thursday November 12, 2020 to today November 15, 2020.
These 13 individuals have been released from care and reintegrated into their communities.
This now brings the total number of active cases currently in country to 110.
At present, one of the active cases remains in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital and all of the remaining active cases are stable.
The Ministry of Health once more reminds everyone to practice daily the infection prevention and control guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
– Wash and sanitize hands often during the day
– Ensure a mask is always used while in public and ensure it covers both the mouth and nose
– Sanitize frequently touched surfaces often using a bleach solution
– Follow the floor markers in public spaces to maintain the recommended physical distance.
– If experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care
immediately at the closest respiratory clinic
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.