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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #124 TO #131 OF COVID-19

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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS CASES #124 TO #131 OF COVID-19
Today, Sunday November 8, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of eight new cases
of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 131.
Case #124 is a 60 year old female from the Gros-Islet district
Case #125 is a 32 year old male from the Choiseul district
Case #126 is a 35 year old female from the Choiseul district
Case #127 is a 31 year old male from the Choiseul district
Case #128 is a 64 year old female from the Castries district
Case #129 is a 28 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
Case #130 is a 38 year old female from the Castries district
Case #131 is a 58 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
All of the cases, following testing for COVID-19, were placed in quarantine awaiting their test
results. Six of these cases were identified through the contact tracing process and epidemiological
links have been established for six of these cases.
Cases #124 and #131 are linked to case #78. Cases #126 and #127 are linked to case #68. Cases #129 and

130 are linked to cases #70, #71, #72 and #73. As per protocol, arrangements have been made for thetransfer of these individuals into care.
These new cases now bring the number of active cases currently in country to 99. All cases remain stable
and there are no cases requiring critical care.
As we note the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 in country, we need to stick to the basic
measures for infection prevention and control. Handwashing remains the standard for interrupting the
spread of infections like the COVID-19 virus. Handwashing, in combination with the wearing of a mask
when in public, will offer significant protection from being infected with the virus. It is also important
that if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, that health services are accessed at the nearest
respiratory clinic. These community respiratory clinics are Gros-Islet Polyclinic, La Clery Wellness
Centre, Dennery Hospital, Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre and Soufriere Hospital. We take this opportunity
to remind everyone that while experiencing respiratory symptoms, to avoid social gatherings and remain
at home until recovery. Continue daily practicing the other guidelines which include:

  • when handwashing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • maintain a separation of six feet from others which is about two arm’s length apart
  • immediately seek medical care if experiencing respiratory symptoms which include fever,
    cough, shortness of breath, sore throat
  • be sure to avoid contact with people who are experiencing respiratory symptoms
    All these practices, when done together, will significantly reduce the likelihood of being infected with the
    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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