Sunday 12 July, 2020

Equipment to test for coronavirus has arrived in St Lucia

Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George

Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George

During a press conference on Coronavirus (COVID-19) this morning, March 11, 2020, Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George revealed that equipment to test for the virus has arrived in St Lucia

“The equipment for diagnostic testing for COVID-19 came in yesterday, so we have received the equipment to facilitate testing. Agents will be coming in tomorrow, Thursday, and our laboratory staff will be undergoing testing next week for use of the machine and for testing for COVID-19… so by the week of March 23, we should have the capacity for diagnostic testing here in St Lucia.”

The CMO also said: “How we manage the disease in the early phase of transmission will determine the burden on the health care system…”

She said that when in-country transmission begins, five community clinics at Gros Islet, Dennery, Soufriere, Castries and Vieux Fort will serve as the first point of contact where people will go to get advice and care if they are concerned they have the virus.

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