Saturday 31 October, 2020

Statistics Department closed due to possible COVID-19 case

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article noted that one person had tested positive for COVID-19 but that the result had not been confirmed. This has been changed to reflect that the results of that test is still pending.

Loop News has confirmed the closure of the Department of Statistics effective today until next week, pending COVID-19 test results of an employee there.

According to reliable sources, the employee in question travelled on a minibus to the south of the island, only to find out later that the driver tested positive for COVID-19.

"Staff has been asked to work from home, coming out of a couple staff members who reported flu-like symptoms and one in particular registered a high temperature," Permanent Secretary at the Department of Statistics Claudius Emmanuel said.

Emmanuel noted that the two officers reported to the La Clery Wellness Centre where officials there deemed the first one to be dengue.

The second individual was tested for COVID-19, the results of which is still pending.

Ministry of Health officials are investigating the cases.

The office is expected to reopen on Wednesday, October 21.

Yesterday, Saint Lucia recorded two new cases taking the national figure to 31.

The individuals are a couple, a 38-year-old female and a 47-year-old male of Castries. They both developed respiratory signs and symptoms which led them to seek care at a Community Respiratory Clinic on Monday, October 12, where they were treated for their symptoms and tested for COVID-19.

There have been no fatalities in Saint Lucia to date as a result of COVID-19.

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