Press Release:- Today Friday April 16, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 9 new cases of COVID-19.
This is from a total of 176 samples taken on April 14, 2021 and April 15, 2021.
These samples were processed on April 15, 2021.
These individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were
assessed and tested for COVID-19.
In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, healthcare practitioners placed each one of these individuals in home quarantine while awaiting the return of their test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place these newly diagnosed individuals in isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 7 individuals bringing the total number of
active cases in country to date to 93.
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 4398.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total
number of deaths in country to date to 65.
Death #65 is a 76 year old male from the Gros Islet district with no known underlying medical illnesses.
The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the family and loved ones of this individual.
As of April 15, 2021 a total of 23, 575 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 29 individuals have received the second dose.
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