Saint Lucia records 25 new cases of COVID-19
Written by Radio Caribbean International on April 21, 2021
Today Wednesday April 21, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 25 new cases of COVID-19. This is from a total of 160 samples taken on April 19, 2021 and April 20, 2021. These samples were processed on April 20, 2021.
All of these individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these newly diagnosed individuals in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 5 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 97. At present, all of the active cases are stable and does not require critical care. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4444.
Today, the Ministry of Health reports one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to 70. Death #70 is a 36 year old female from the Vieux-Fort district with underlying medical illnesses. The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the family and loved ones of the individual.
As of April 20, 2021 a total of 23, 829 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 206 individuals have received the second dose. Tomorrow Thursday, April 22, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Vigie Sports Complex. Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time via the online platform https://hmi.govt.lc/ or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you.
The Ministry of Health continues to emphasize on the importance of practicing the infection prevention and control measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
- Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
- Maintain a physical distance from others
- Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
- Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.
For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively