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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #266 TO #270 OF COVID-19

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Department of Health & Wellness 

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Permanent Secretary 

December 7, 2020 

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Sir Stanislaus James Building Waterfront, Castries 

Saint Lucia, West Indies 

SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #266 TO #270 OF COVID-19 

Today Monday December 7, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of five new  cases of COVID-19. This is from a total of 78 samples with 5 positives and 73 negatives. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 270.  

Case #266 is a 50 year old female from the Castries district 

Case #267 is a 19 year old female from the Castries district 

Case #268 is a 68 year old male from the Castries district 

Case #269 is a 53 year old female from the Vieux-Fort district 

Case #270 is a 37 year old male from the Castries district 

These individuals were seen at a community respiratory facility where they were assessed  and tested for COVID-19. They were all placed in quarantine by the health practitioners  while awaiting the return of their test results. Epidemiological links have been established  for cases #269 and #270. Investigations are on-going by the contact tracing team to  determine epidemiological links for the other three cases. As per protocol, arrangements  have been made for the placement of these individuals into isolation. 

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce seven COVID-19 recoveries for today December  7, 2020 bringing the new total number of active cases currently in country to 103. To date, Saint  Lucia has recorded a total of 165 recoveries in country. At present, all of the active cases are  stable and doing well. 

It is important that everyone is mindful of the ways in which exposure to the COVID-19 virus  can be reduced. Every citizen is asked to continue maintaining the recommended infection  prevention and prevention measures.  

– Wash and sanitize hands often during the day 

– Wear a mask every time while in public and ensure it covers both the mouth and nose – Maintain a distance of six feet from others which is about two arm’s length apart – Sanitize frequently touched surfaces using a bleach solution 

– 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 immediately at the closest community respiratory clinic 

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information  becomes available. 

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SAINT LUCIA’S NEW ISOLATION STRATEGY | COVID-19 UPDATE

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SAINT LUCIA’S NEW ISOLATION STRATEGY
The Ministry of Health and Wellness continues our focused efforts to manage the current surge in COVID-19 cases being diagnosed in Saint Lucia. The Ministry has utilized a mixed model of care which allowed for the management of mild cases to take place within communities. They have been monitored by a dedicated medical team overseeing cases being managed at home. This approach had been taken given that approximately 80% of people diagnosed with the virus experience fairly mild disease. As a result, a large number of our cases remain at home to isolate and receive care until they recover.
However, in undertaking routine reviews of the national plan to manage the COVID-19 outbreak which includes the treatment and care component, the Ministry of Health recognizes the need to adjust this model of care. There have recently been a large number of people currently being managed in community. This combined with inadequacy of some homes to give the required isolation as well as breaches has resulted in recent changes to the isolation strategy for our confirmed cases. Home isolation is now being transitioned to state-based isolation facilities. Effective immediately, this change now means that mild cases are being placed within hotel sites and the moderate to severe cases continue to be cared for within the national respiratory hospital. This allows for a greater degree of vigilance in the management of the milder COVID-19 cases, given home isolation cannot be effectively conducted for some individuals who are in care.

These changes have been made primarily to protect the health and safety of all, not only people diagnosed with the virus. It is expected that this new model will support efforts to contain the virus and will allow for more focused care being delivered to all our patients as their period of infection is being managed.
The Ministry of Health would like to thank the public for the support and cooperation in observing this policy.
For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the
Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #1030 TO #1106 OF COVID-19

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #1030 TO #1106 OF COVID-19
Today Thursday January 28, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of seventy-seven new cases of COVID-19 tested at the Ezra Long Laboratory. Confirmation was also received of the recovery of sixty-three individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the
total number of active cases currently in country to 505. One of the active cases is in critical
care at the Respiratory Hospital and all of the others are stable.
The individuals range in age from 2 years to 77 years. They are from the Babonneau, Anse La
Raye, Gros-Islet, Micoud, Soufriere, Castries, Laborie and Dennery districts. All of these
individuals were seen at a community respiratory clinic for assessment and were tested for
COVID-19. As per the testing protocol, they were placed in quarantine by health care
practitioners while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to
place these individuals in isolation. The contact tracing team is undertaking investigations to
identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
The Ministry of Health continues to manage the backlog of COVID-19 tests conducted at the
Ezra Long Laboratory. Persons who have been tested are asked to remain in quarantine until
communicated via telephone with test results.
Everyone is asked to remain vigilant and to continue practicing the behaviors which will help to
reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Frequently wash hands your with flowing water and soap
  • Wear a mask when in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
  • Maintain a six foot distance from others wherever possible
  • Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
  • Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
    If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to keep away from others and to urgently
    seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic for assessment.
    The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 1106.
    The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
    information becomes available.
    For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology
    Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #970 TO #1029 OF COVID-19

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #970 TO #1029 OF COVID-19
The Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of sixty new cases of COVID-19 from
the Ezra Long Laboratory late Wednesday January 27, 2021. This is from a batch of 258 samples
which were tested. Confirmation was also received of the recovery of thirty individuals diagnosed
with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 491. Currently, one
of the active cases is in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital and all of the others are stable.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 1029.
All of the sixty cases are Saint Lucian nationals who range in age from 4 years to 76 years. They are
from the Castries, Soufriere, Anse La Raye, Vieux- Fort, Gros-Islet, Dennery, Babonneau, Micoud
and Choiseul districts. All of these individuals were seen at community-based respiratory clinics
where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. As per protocol, they were placed in quarantine
by health care practitioners while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since
been made to place these individuals into isolation. The contact tracing team is undertaking
investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
The Ministry of Health reminds every one that we are all vulnerable to the COVID-19 and therefore
we should take personal responsibility to protect ourselves, family and loved ones. Given that there
is increased numbers of COVID-19 cases and risk of transmission, we ask that everyone continue
practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of the virus:

  • Frequently wash hands your with flowing water and soap
  • Wear a mask when in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
    Maintain a six foot distance from others wherever possible
  • Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
  • Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
    If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to keep away from others and to urgently seek
    medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic for assessment.

  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information
    becomes available.

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