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COLLECTIVE ACTION IN CONTAINING COVID-19

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COLLECTIVE ACTION IN CONTAINING COVID-19

Saint Lucia has now recorded a total of 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 27 of the confirmed
cases have recovered, and currently there are 4 active cases in care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The last 3 cases have been nationals without a history of travel, which suggests the likelihood of
community spread of COVID-19. The health teams are still undergoing investigations within the
communities of concern along with contact tracing and testing. The updates on these cases will
be provided later today.

Saint Lucia is at a critical stage in the COVID-19 outbreak. Undertaking an effective response
on all levels will determine our success in quickly identifying, treating and managing of cases
and preventing possible complications and deaths.

Today, I would like to make a particular appeal to all community leaders: gatekeepers, political
representatives, constituency councils heads, heads of community based organizations, faith
based organizations, sports clubs and all persons in positions of leaders and influence within our
various communities, to add their voice in the request for the adhering to healthy habits within
communities to reduce the risk for being exposed to COVID-19. The Ministry of Health and
Wellness is committed to ensuring our systems are prepared to manage the detection and
management of this infection. We anticipate and are preparing for an increase in cases within
communities. To do this we need everyone’s support to protect the health and safety of our
entire nation, particularly our most vulnerable including the elderly and people living with
chronic conditions.

Administration* Environmental Health* Bureau of Health Education* Accounts* Community Nursing Service* Pharmacy* Health

Planning* Epidemiology* AIDS/HIV/STD* Medical CareMaternal and Child Health Dental*
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At this point, to maintain the gains we achieved so far, and given the increased risks introduced by
these new cases, and maintain public health and safety, it is necessary that each and every one of us
recognize we are needed to be part of the solution to this health threat. This includes the consistent
use of masks in all public places, keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding mass crowd activities
and social activities, maintain the infection prevention and control measures including at home,
workplaces, avoiding contact with others with respiratory signs and symptoms as well as or seeking
immediate care if you develop have these signs or symptoms.

The five community respiratory clinics remain open for persons who present signs and symptoms.
The 311 information hotline is available to help address COVID-19 related questions and concerns.
The treatment and care for COVID-19 related conditions remain free of charge to the public.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as new information is
received.

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 #74, #75 AND #76 OF COVID-19
Today, Thursday October 29, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of three new
cases of COVID-19. This brings the national number of cases diagnosed to date in country to 76.

There are now 49 active cases isolated and in care.
Case #74 is a 65 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
Case #75 is a 27 year old female from the Castries district
Case #76 is a 25 year old female from the Castries district


All cases, following testing for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine while awaiting their
results. Cases #75 and #76 are contacts of previously confirmed cases. Further investigations are
currently ongoing. As per protocol, arrangements have been made for their transfer into care at
the Respiratory Hospital.
With the growing number of cases, the Ministry of Health’s public health team has been noting
a high level of concern and even fear amongst the public. This has in some instances resulted in
individuals who have been diagnosed with the virus being stigmatized. This stigma can be very
discouraging and cause great stress to people who are infected with the virus as well as their
circle of family, friends, colleagues and wider community in which they reside. If not addressed
from now, the Ministry of Health anticipates that this stigma can become a barrier to individuals
who require testing coming forward to do so. We ask everyone to be supportive of each other

The COVID-19 virus can be contracted by anyone of any age, gender, or social status. So let’s look
out not only for ourselves, but each other. Encourage one another to stick to the guidelines that have
been put in place to keep us all safe:

  • wash and sanitize hands often throughout the day
  • always wear a mask while in public
  • maintain a separation of six feet from others while in public, which is about two arm’s length
    apart
  • seek medical care if experiencing respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, short of breath,
    sore throat
    By so doing, we can all, together, overcome this virus.
    The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates 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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