Friday 25 September, 2020

St Lucia again reaches 100% COVID-19 recovery rate

Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar-George

Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar-George

The Ministry of Health has revealed in its latest update that Saint Lucia has once again moved to full recovery regarding its COVID-19 cases.

"Saint Lucia currently has on record 19 cases of COVID-19. The last case was diagnosed on June 4, 2020. This individual has now recovered fully and has been discharged from hospital, giving the country a 100 per cent recovery rate. As such, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently in care.

Testing results received on June 24, 2020, indicated 27 negative test results.

A total of 1619 tests have been carried out to date. There are now 306 people in quarantine, most of whom are nationals repatriated from cruise ships. All persons in quarantine are doing well to date with no symptoms of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health notes the continuous increase of global cases of COVID-19. So though at a national level we have been able to manage this epidemic, we remind everyone of the need to remain cautious and maintain behaviours which will reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Be reminded that in addition to maintaining hand hygiene and cough etiquette, alongside the use of masks and maintaining physical distancing, self-care is also a necessary component of our prevention efforts.

Through the combination of increased daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, regular physical activity, avoiding harmful products like tobacco and the excessive consumption of alcohol, a stronger immune system is built. By building immune levels there is an increased ability to fight off COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

For people living with chronic conditions, these actions are of particular importance and will add great value in preventing further complications with their condition.

You may visit your closest Community Wellness Centre or speak with your private health care provider for further guidance on actions to aid in prevention of ill-health. They remain available to guide and support you in making decisions that promote health and well-being."

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