Sunday 12 July, 2020

St Lucia records new case of COVID-19

The 32-day streak of no new positive cases being recorded in St Lucia has been broken.

According to the Ministry of Health: "On Thursday, June 4, 2020, the Ezra Long Laboratory of the Owen King EU hospital reported that from a batch of 23 tests conducted there was one positive case of COVID-19."

The ministry said that the new case is that of a 33-year-old female cruise line worker who had recently been repatriated to Saint Lucia.

The patient was placed in institutional quarantine as per national protocol.

"Upon receiving results confirming this case, the individual has now been placed in isolation for care and is doing well. Though in this instance the positive COVID-19 result was from an individual in quarantine, the contact tracing process shall still apply. It should be noted that there is very low risk to the other people in quarantine given their compliance to the requirements for minimizing risks of exposure to the virus."

The Ministry of Health notes that this case demonstrates the importance of St Lucia's protocol for having every returning national placed in quarantine and monitored for the required 14 days.

"It is with the commitment to protect the health of every single citizen we require adherence to this quarantine process." The ministry says that though the process may create some amount of anxiety and frustration for some, the overall benefit of protecting the health and safety of all outweighs these inconveniences.

"We ask that everyone continues to support our national effort to minimize the threat of COVID-19.

We continue to advise on maintaining the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection. These include:

  • regular handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available.
  • cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing.
  • use a mask when in public along with maintaining the six feet physical distance."

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