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Saint Lucia records cases #74, #75 and #76 of COVID-19

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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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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS ITS FIFTH COVID-19 RELATED DEATH

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Today Thursday December 17, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation
of one new case of COVID-19. This is from a total of 145 samples tested with 1
positive and 144 negatives. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in
country to date to 279.
Case #279 is a 39 year old male from the Gros-Islet district who is also recorded
as Saint Lucia’s fifth COVID-19 related death.
Yesterday Wednesday December 16, 2020, case #279 came into a respiratory
facility as a critical patient with other severe underlying medical conditions. At the
time of admission, the individual was assessed and tested for COVID-19. The
individual passed away while in care. An epidemiological link has not been
established for this case. Investigations are on-going by the contact tracing team to
determine any possible existence of an epidemiological link for this case.

The Ministry of Health expresses condolences to the family and loved ones of the
individual. The Ministry sympathies with the family during this time of loss.

It is important that we continue practicing the infection prevention and control
guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus.

  • Wash your hands 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 distance of six feet from others
  • 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, 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.
    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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ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES DROPS FROM A HIGH OF 146 TO 28 IN UNDER THREE WEEKS

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In less than three weeks, Saint Lucia’s active COVID-19 case count has gone down from a high point of 146 cases on November 29 to just 28 active cases as of December 16. The dramatic drop in active cases does suggest the island’s COVID-19 curve is flat lining. The improvement comes less than a fortnight after the United States Center for Disease Control issued a ‘Level 3’ travel advisory to discourage nonessential travel to Saint Lucia.

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WILL ST LUCIA ACCEPT INT’L VISITORS RECENTLY EVACUATED FROM SANDALS GRENADA?

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Evacuations have begun at a Sandals hotel in Grenada after more than 20 COVID-19 cases were confirmed there. The rest of the hotel’s guests have been offered the option of relocating to Sandals properties on neighboring islands. On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said a decision to take in the now displaced Grenada based holiday-makers has not been reached.

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