Friday 5 June, 2020

St Lucia has recorded no new COVID-19 cases for 18 straight days

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar-George

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar-George

Saint Lucia continues to record no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.

On May 21, 2020, a batch of 40 tests conducted were all negative. This brings our total of national testing to date to 867 tests. Thursday, May 21 is the eighteenth consecutive day since we have recorded a confirmed case of COVID-19. This is indeed encouraging results for us at the Ministry of Health and certainly for the entire country. However, we should not allow this trend to cause us to become complacent.

The reduced numbers in testing this week is attributed to the reduced number of persons accessing care at the respiratory clinics.

We do note a reduced number of persons with respiratory signs and symptoms. We would like to remind the public that our respiratory clinics remain open. The access of care at our respiratory clinics by persons who experienced flu-like symptoms was one of the key means through which we were able to promptly identify persons who fit the case definition of COVID-19, test, isolate and where confirmed for COVID-19, place individuals into care in a timely manner. We encourage every individual who is experiencing flu-like symptoms to access these respiratory clinics. The service is free to the user and all COVID-19 related care is free of charge to the individual.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness once again asks the public to work with us to reduce the impact of COVID-19. Remain proactive and on high alert. By doing so we do not only protect our health but that of every citizen and by so doing we can keep our entire nation safe. Every individual can make push us further along in overcoming COVID-19. Our requests remain simple:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze
  3. Adhere to the six-foot physical distancing guideline
  4. Wear a home-made mask when going out

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing regular updates on COVID-19.

For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively.

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