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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #1196 TO #1411 OF COVID-19

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #1196 TO #1411 OF COVID-19
The Ezra Long Laboratory continues to manage the backlog of COVID-19 samples. Today Sunday January 31, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of two hundred and sixteen new cases of COVID-19 from a batch of 541 tests conducted at the Ezra Long Laboratory.
This batch consists of samples taken over several days, from the period January 21, 2021 to January
29, 2021.
The Ministry of Health also received confirmation of the recovery of eight individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to 769. The individual who was in critical care over the course of the past week is no longer in the Intensive Care Unit and is currently stable. Today, The Ministry also reports that two of the active cases required admission
into critical care and all of the others are stable.
All of the cases are Saint Lucian nationals who range in age from 8 years to 82 years. These cases are from all districts nationally. These individuals were seen at community-based respiratory clinics for assessment and were tested for COVID-19. They were placed in quarantine by health care practitioners while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to place them into isolation. The contact tracing team has commenced investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports two COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to fifteen. Death #14 is a 72 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
with no known medical history. Death #15 is a 21 year old male from the Babonneau district with no
known medical history. Both individuals were in care at the time of their passing

The Ministry of Health expresses condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 1411.
With the upsurge in cases, the Government of Saint Lucia is looking at stricter measures to curtail the
spread of Covid-19, increase and improve testing capacity and to ensure there is adequate space for
quarantine and isolation. As previously announced by the Office of the Prime Minister, there will be a
NEMAC-stakeholders meeting this week to discuss strengthening COVID-19 prevention and control
protocols.
We all need to continue practicing the behaviors which will 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
    The public is reminded that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms must keep away from others and
    urgently seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic.
    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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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says Saint Lucia is still at a “critical” stage in the COVID-19 pandemic despite encouraging data which indicates a declining infection rate. The number of “active” cases, which days ago exceeded more than 700 cases, dropped to 277 cases according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday. Authorities have also relaxed some of the prevention protocols. Former president of the Medical and Dental Association Dr. Alphonse St. Rose analyzed the developments with MBC Prime.

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SAINT LUCIA’S FRONT LINE WORKERS GET THE FIRST COVID-19 VACCINES

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Saint Lucia marked a historic moment in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday. The island’s public health workers, the Prime Minister and members of his Cabinet rolled up their sleeves to receive their first jabs of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Last week the Dominica and Barbados governments gifted 3000 doses to Saint Lucia weeks ahead of another 74,000 doses expected to begin arriving on island by the end of February. The Prime Minister says India government has also pledged to donate up to 40,000 COVID-19 doses.

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MOH SCRAPS COMMUNITY ISOLATION POLICY AMID BREACHES, INADEQUATE HOME ISOLATION CAPACITY

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On the advice of the World Health Organization, the Health Ministry has allowed asymptomatic and mild COVID positive patients to recover at home. However, on Wednesday the Health Ministry announced they will be scrapping the “mixed model of care” for COVID patients citing [the] ‘…inadequacy of some homes to give the required isolation and breaches…’ The home care policy has been in place for several weeks. The 126 bed Respiratory Hospital is at capacity which has prompted the government to commandeer more hotels to alleviate the capacity constraints at the Respiratory Hospital.

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