Saint Lucia has recorded another two COVID-19 patients, bringing the number of patients diagnosed here to date to 173.
The announcement came in a statement Monday from Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.
The statement is reproduced below:
Today Monday November 16, 2020, the Ministry of Health received confirmation of two new cases of COVID-19.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 173.
Case #172 is a 7 year old male from the Vieux-Fort district
Case #173 is a 65 year old male from the Vieux-Fort district
Both 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.
One of these cases was identified through the contact tracing process and an epidemiological link has been established for this case.
Case #173 is linked to case #155.
As per protocol, arrangements have been made to place these individuals into care.
The new total number of active cases currently in country is now 112. Presently, 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 has noted that over the past three weeks a number of individuals in care have recovered and been discharged from care.
It is important that families, communities, work places and the wider society help in creating a supportive environment which will reduce any fear or concerns of individuals who are returning to their daily routines after recovery from the virus.
An individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 needs the comfort of familiar faces and places to help in their reintegration as this helps with their emotional and mental well-being.
As such, the Ministry of Health makes an appeal to everyone to be compassionate and avoid stigma towards individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Let us continue to practice the infection prevention and control guidelines that will help to reduce exposure to 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
– Maintain a separation of six feet from others which is about two arm’s length apart
– 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.