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SAINT LUCIA RECORDS ITS FOURTH COVID-19 RELATED DEATH

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Today Thursday December 10, 2020 the Ministry of Health received confirmation of three new
cases of COVID-19. This is from a total of 143 samples tested with 3 positives and 140
negatives. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 274.
Case #272 is a 62 year old male from the Castries district
Case #273 is a 42 year old male from the Soufriere district
Case #274 is a 48 year old male from the Gros-Islet district
These individuals were seen at respiratory facilities, 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 link has been established for case #274.
Investigations are on-going by the contact tracing team to determine epidemiological links for
the other two cases. As per protocol, arrangements were made for the transfer of these
individuals into isolation.

Today Saint Lucia recorded its fourth COVID-19 related death. Within this batch of three new
cases of COVID-19, case #272 came into the Respiratory Hospital as a critical patient and
passed away while in care. The Ministry of Health expresses condolences to the family and
loved ones of the individual. We also share our sympathies with them for this loss.

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce seven COVID-19 recoveries for today, Dec 10, 2020
bringing the new total number of active cases currently in country to 86. To date, Saint Lucia has
recorded a total of 184 recoveries in country.
The Ministry of Health takes this opportunity to remind everyone that COVID-19 is a respiratory
illness which primarily is spread from a person infected with the virus to another person. This
happens through close contact to others who are close by when droplets from someone with the virus
are passed on through coughing, sneezing, speaking, laughing, or singing and droplets are passed on.
It can also be spread when surfaces where the virus is present are touched and then an individual
then touches the mouth, eyes or nose. A person with COVID-19 may have signs and symptoms
which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue or loss of the sense of smell and
taste. Anyone experiencing these signs or symptoms should take action by seeking care at the closest
respiratory clinic. These clinics are the Gros-Islet Polyclinic, La Clery Wellness Centre, Dennery
Hospital, Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre and the Soufriere Hospital.
To continue minimizing the spread of COVID-19 on a daily basis:

  • Wash your hands during the day using soap and flowing water
  • Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers both the mouth, chin and nose
  • Maintain a distance of six feet physical distance 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
    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 NINTH COVID-19 RELATED DEATH

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness late Wednesday January 20, 2021 received confirmation of five new cases of COVID-19 from a batch of 168 COVID-19 tests conducted at the Ezra Long Laboratory. The Ministry of Health also reports the recovery of 10 cases of COVID-19. Currently there are 353 active cases in care, with one of them requiring critical care and the others are all stable.
This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 718.

All cases are nationals who range in age from 23 years to 71 years. Two cases are from the Castries district and three from the Gros-Islet district. They were seen at community-based respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. They were placed in quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have been since made to place these individuals in isolation upon being diagnosed with the virus. Members of the contact tracing team are undertaking the necessary investigations as it relates to identifying the contacts of these confirmed cases.

Today the Ministry of Health also reports confirmation of Saint Lucia’s ninth COVID-19 related death. The individual is a 71 year female who was in care at the Victoria Hospital. She had been diagnosed with an underlying medical condition prior to her passing on January 17, 2021. The Ministry of Health sympathizes with the family on the recent loss of their loved one.

We remind everyone that COVID-19 is a flu-like illness with the common signs and symptoms being cough, fever, chills, loss of smell and taste, nausea, as well as an overall feeling of tiredness.

An individual can also experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Community respiratory clinics are available to conduct assessments and COVID-19 testing for individuals with these signs and symptoms. While awaiting results, people who have been tested must remain at home in quarantine. This means not going to work or school, not using the public transportation system and not going out into the public to conduct business. These are all precautions to prevent the possible spread of the infection in the event the results come back as positive. All individuals who have been tested for the COVID-19 virus must receive a call from a health care provider to indicate their test results, whether these results are positive or negative.

The Ministry of Health reminds all of the importance maintaining the recommended infection prevention and control behaviours 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 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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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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