The Ministry of Health, this afternoon confirmed the news that the Prime Minister had broken earlier during the day. Saint Lucia has recorded its first COVID-19 death.
In a press statement received by The Voice at 4:24 PM, the Ministry of Health confirmed that the island’s first COVID-19 death in-country is a 47-year-old male from the Micoud District.
“He presented at one of our hospitals due to the complications of underlying medical conditions where he was treated and being managed for these issues. As part of his care, he was also assessed and swabbed for COVID-19 and his results returned today as positive for the virus.”
News of the second individual, a 78-year-old male from the Gros-Islet district was presented to a health care facility where he was tested for COVID-19 came later in the night. A release from the Ministry of Health confirmed that the patient was placed in isolation at the Respiratory Hospital and on Saturday, November 7, 2020 results were received confirming a COVID-19 diagnosis.
“While at the facility the patient required critical care”, the release stated.
Contact tracing in relation to this case was undertaken and close contacts have been tested and
where required, placed in care.
The Ministry of Health has extended its greatest sympathies to the family and loved ones admitting that “this is indeed a difficult time for them all and this loss is also being felt by us within the Ministry of Health.”
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates as information becomes available. Investigations and contact tracing in relation to this case are currently on-going.