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THE START OF THE 5TH WAVE OF COVID-19 IN SAINT LUCIA

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December 28, 2021

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THE START OF THE 5TH WAVE OF COVID-19 IN SAINT LUCIA
As of December 26, 2021 Saint Lucia has diagnosed a total of 13,319 cases in country, with 204
active cases presently. The daily infection rate for the last 7 days is 11.6 per 100,000 population per day, with a 7% testing positivity rate and a transmission rate of 1.9. We have noted a total of 292 COVID-19 deaths. We have 18 positive cases admitted at the Respiratory Hospital, 2 cases are critically ill and 2 are severely ill.

We note increases in most of the public health indicators over the last 7 days, the transmission rate, test positivity rate, increased active cases and the epidemiological wave depicts the upward trajectory of the start of the 5th wave. We are at high risk of introduction of the Omicron variant which is characterized for the high level of transmission and we still have the Delta Variant in circulation locally. December is our highest risk month for COVID-19 transmission. We understand the COVID-19 fatigue experienced by the population at this time and the nature of the festive season. However, it is imperative at this point that we reduce the level of social activities and ensure compliance to all the public health measures. Health and safety must be our priority. The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs also received notification from the Caribbean Public Health Agency of 20 new cases of the Delta Variant. 14 of the cases are nationals and 6 are visitors, the majority of the local cases are from Anse la Raye and Dennery. 13 of them are female, 7 male and the ages range from 3 months to 77 years. A total of 54 cases of the Alpha Variant and 71 cases of the Delta Variant have been diagnosed in country thus far.

We remind you of the following important measures:

– Avoid large crowds and crowded areas

– Ensure the protocols are maintained at work places, on minibuses and commercial and
tourism sector

– Use face mask when in public places

– Ensure you remain in quarantine or isolation if you were a direct contact of a case

If you develop respiratory symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others. The Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at the various wellness centers and advertised sites. These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19, its severe forms, complications, hospitalizations and death. The booster Pfizer vaccine is also available for persons who have had both doses of the Astra Zeneca for over 6 months. Everyone who has not been vaccinated is urged to get vaccinated urgently. The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available. For more information please contact the Of ice of the Chief Medical Of icer or the Epidemiology

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SIXTH WAVE BRINGS INCREASED RISK OF REINFECTIONS

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Elevating COVID-19 infections associated with a sixth wave has renewed appeals from Saint Lucia’s health experts to the public the get vaccinated. MBC Prime’s Rehani Isidore spoke with Dr. Stephen King who maintains vaccination offers the best protection against severe illness and even death.

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KEEP SYMPTOMATIC, COVID EXPOSED STUDENTS HOME SAYS HEALTH MINISTRY

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SAINT LUCIA BRACES FOR SIXTH WAVE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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