Press Release:- Today Wednesday December 30, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of nine new cases of COVID -19 out of a batch of 217 COVID-19 tests conducted at the Ezra Long Laboratory.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 340.
All nine cases are Saint Lucian nationals.
- Case #332 is a 7 year old female from the Castries District
- Case #333 is a 38 year old male from the Castries District
- Case #334 is a 4 year old female from the Castries District
- Case #335 is a 31 year old male from the Gros-Islet District
- Case #336 is a 16 year old male from the Castries District
- Case #337 is a 22 year old female from the Castries District
- Case #338 is a 49 year old male from the Anse La Raye District
- Case #339 is a 48 year old female from the Dennery District
- Case #340 is an 84 year old female from the Castries District
Five of these cases a re contacts of previously confirmed COVID-19 cases.
All of these individuals had been tested for COVID -19 and placed in quarantine by health care practitioners pending receipt of their results.
Investigations are currently being undertaken to determine the possible existence of an epidemiological link for the other four cases.
As per protocol, arrangements have been made for the placement of all these individuals into isolation.
Today the Ministry of Health also reports a total of 4 recoveries.
This brings the total number of active cases currently in country to 62.
As we prepare to bring the year 2020 to a close, the Ministry of Health acknowledges the tremendous effort that has been made by our citizens over the course of this year to reduce the impact of CO VID-19.
We extend our greatest appreciation for every effort made across the entire society; from our children to our senior citizens. We also recognize the sacrifices of those at the forefront of the national COVID -19 response in an effort to keep the nation safe.
The Ministry of Health once again appeals to everyone to remain faithful to practicing the infection prevention and control measures as part of our national efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often during the day using soap and flowing water
- Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
- Maintain a physical distance of six feet from others
- Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care at the closest community respiratory clinic.
- The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information becomes available.