Update: Latest COVID-19 patient in St Lucia remains in ICU
St Lucia's newest COVID-19 patient, who is elderly and has pre-existing health issues, is said to be "stable and responding well to care."
The Ministry of Health and Wellness provided an update today (July 31) saying: "On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported its 25th case of COVID-19. Presently, the individual is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Respiratory Hospital for management and care. The clinical team reports that he is stable and responding well to care."
The Ministry says that its contact tracing efforts continue and that four caretakers and close relatives have been swabbed and placed in quarantine. Additionally, three health care workers and 14 patients have been tested and placed in quarantine due to possible exposure.
Said the release: "This gentleman received many visits by family and friends during his recuperation at home. Investigations continue into a possible contact with a travel history at this time. We await test results before any links are confirmed and communicated."
The release continued: "On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Saint Lucia received its first international flight since the border closure in March 2020. In an effort to safely facilitate the return of our nationals, quarantine centres have been set up using various hotels. This has proved to be an important measure in containing COVID-19 on island and failure to adhere can have serious implications for disease containment.
Over the last few months, many persons who have been granted home quarantine have not been adhering to those protocols established. All persons on home quarantine are required to stay indoors for 14 days. The public is asked to cooperate and encourage family members and friends who have return from overseas and are presently in quarantine to remain at home for the 14 day duration. Failure to adhere can lead to community spread of COVID-19 at this time.
The names of all persons in home quarantine are forwarded to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force RSLPF to assist with compliance. The public is advised to alert the nearest police station or the Ministry of Health and Wellness at 468-5318/ 468-5349 with information in relation to anyone who breaches home quarantine guidelines.
Further updates will be provided as the information becomes available."