Wednesday 23 September, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases in over one month in St Lucia

UPDATE: There has been a new case of COVID-19 confirmed in St Lucia today, June 4, 2020.

It has been 32 days since Saint Lucia last recorded a new positive case of the coronavirus on May 3, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health: "On June 4, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received the results of 68 COVID-19 tests that were conducted, all of which returned as negative."

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Saint Lucia has recorded just 18 cases of COVID-19 to date, with no deaths.

"During the last weeks, the testing strategy focused on the testing of frontline workers and the repatriated cruise ship nationals. We also continued testing the patients who accessed care at the respiratory clinics. We continue to note negative test results, which has been very encouraging."

However, the ministry noted that new cases are anticipated, especially as various sectors open up and the risk of transmission increases. "We can reduce this risk by ensuring the public health and social measures are maintained."

"With all this in place, we also require the support of every citizen in maintaining the recommended infection prevention and control and physical distancing measures to strengthen our readiness.

We ask that everyone continues to sanitize their hands by either hand-washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wearing their masks while undertaking daily activities out of the home, and maintain the required 6-foot distance. Also, be sure to cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing. These simple and inexpensive actions will make a meaningful difference in preventing the spread of infection."

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