National Wellness Center nurse placed in isolation in St Lucia
A nurse employed at the National Wellness Center has been placed in isolation, as per Saint Lucia’s protocols in response to the coronavirus or COVID-19.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar George made the disclosure Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at a press conference to address the island’s preparedness to the global epidemic.
According to the CMO, to date, 11 persons have been quarantined.
“We do have a person in isolation, she does not meet the case definition of a suspect case, but out of caution we have decided to isolate her and test,” Belmar said.
“Because of her travel history, the number of patients within those countries is not high enough for us to risk it as a high-risk area so she meets the definition.”
According to Dr George, “The samples taken from the isolated nurse will be sent for testing today and we are using the normal route so I will not give an exact time but when it comes we can give an update.”
According to her travel history, the isolated nurse travelled to New Jersey, which has recorded at least 23 confirmed cases, and New York, which has recorded over 200 cases.
The individual has been isolated from March 10, 2020.
“This is an ongoing process because the Ministry of Health is being extremely cautious and persons who meet maybe close or not exactly the case definition we prefer to err on the side of caution. I do not mean that it is a case; it does not mean it is a suspect case but we are trying to be very cautious so that if there were to be somebody with a suspect case we could reduce the possibility of possible contamination,” the CMO asserted.