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COVID Update: 155 new cases, 25 recoveries in St Lucia

Published 2 March, 2021


Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source

The Ministry of Health and Wellness late Monday, March 1, 2021, received confirmation of 155 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.

The test results are from a batch of 377 samples processed on February 27, 2021. The samples processed were taken during the period February 13 to February 27, 2021.

These individuals were assessed and tested for COVID-19 at various community respiratory clinics. In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, they were each placed in home quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting the return of their test results. The Ministry of Health has made arrangements to place these individuals into isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases of COVID-19 is underway. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3,545.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 25 individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 464.  At present, three of the active cases are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.

Yesterday, Saint Lucia received 25,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Republic of India. This donation will be used to support the impersonation of Phases 1A and 1B of the vaccination campaign and encourages people ages 65 years and older, those in elderly homes and people with chronic conditions to get vaccinated. Saint Lucians are encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus.
The Ministry of Health once again emphasizes on the importance of practicing the infection prevention and control measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

–   Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
–   Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
–   Maintain a 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
–  If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available

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