St. Lucia records two new COVID-19 cases

Saint Lucia has recorded two additional cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number so far to 17, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has announced, St.LuciaTimes reports.

A ministry statement Wednesday said that on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, results of 44 samples for persons tested for COVID-19 were received.

According to the statement, of that batch, there were 2 positive results and 42 negative.

“The first of the two positive results is a 54 year old female, diabetic, who is a direct contact from a previous positive case and has been in isolation from April 4, 2020,” it was noted.

“She is clinically doing well,” the ministry disclosed.

It said the second case is a 20 year old male, the son of a previous confirmed case, who has been in isolation from April 4, 2020 and is doing well.

“It must be noted that both of the new cases are contacts of a confirmed case and have been monitored in quarantine and isolation at the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility from April 4, 2020,” the ministry observed.

Saint Lucia has now recorded a total of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19, fifteen of whom have recovered and been discharged from care.

A total of 490 tests have been carried out to date.

“We are still implementing our national response to the COVID-19 epidemic and as such, we should collectively remain focused and committed to reducing the spread of this virus,” the Health Ministry statement observed.

“The Ministry of Health continues active surveillance for COVID-19 but in the interim we ask all to remain guarded. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms go to the nearest respiratory clinic or call one of our tele-medicine physicians for guidance. If there is the need for any general information on COVID you may call our 311 information hotline from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight daily. All these telephone services are free to public,” it noted.

The ministry also reiterated that some individual measures need to be sustained, including hygiene measures such as hand washing and respiratory etiquette, the use of homemade face masks and remaining home and away from public places when sick.