Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, has urged the people of Saint Lucia to minimise movement and avoid social gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“As we celebrate the Christmas season, let us all remain on alert and continue to play our part to protect the health and safety of our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours,” she said in a statement Tuesday.
“We ask all to minimize their movements, avoid social gatherings and other activities which will bring about greater exposure to the virus,” Belmar-George stated.
She announced that this country has no critical COVID-19 cases in care.
Delivering an update on the Island’s COVID-19 situation, Belmar-George disclosed that as of Tuesday December 15, 2020 Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 278 confirmed cases of
Belmar-George said a total of 17,801 tests have been processed to date.
“We have a total of 243 recoveries, 31 active cases and 4 total COVID-19 related deaths,” she disclosed.
Belmar-George observed that as countries open their borders and social and economic activity increases, the risk for transmission also increases.
She noted that Sint Lucia, just like the rest of the world, remains at high risk for
the introduction of COVID-19.
“Our main risks include increased number of returning nationals and visitors from areas of high incidence of disease, illegal entry through the borders, nonadherence of protocols, breaches to home quarantine and hosting of mass crowd social events,” the CMO stated.
She declared that every visitor, returning national and illegal entrants must be managed as a possible positive COVID-19 case.
“It is imperative that we remain vigilant at this time to keep ourselves and our
families safe,” the CMO asserted.
She acknowledged the communities, business sector, faith based organizations,
hospitality industry and other partners who continue to support the national effort in the
management of COVID-19, and encouraged everyone to observe COVID-19 protocols.
Headline photo caption Dr. Sharon Belmar-George