One hundred and forty-one persons have recovered from COVID-19 since Saint Lucia recorded its first case in March.
Prior to press time yesterday, 262 persons have been diagnosed in country with having the virus with 16,376 tests done to date. According to the Ministry of Health at present, all of the active cases were stable and doing well.
The Ministry is calling on Saint Lucians to be careful this Christmas season and to give themselves the gift of health and safety this year.
“We are now into the start of the Christmas season, a period which traditionally Saint Lucians look forward to every year. It is usually marked by much social and commercial activities, as well as festive celebrations with family and loved ones. Though we are challenged in many ways by the current threat of COVID-19, we acknowledge the cultural value this time of year has for many. The Ministry of Health wishes that everyone gives themselves and others the gift of health and safety this year. We encourage everyone to prioritize their health and take actions which promote well-being,” a release from the Ministry noted.
The Ministry urged healthy eating habits and called on Saint Lucians to limit their alcohol intake this season.
“As part of the effort to achieving optimal health we also ask that everyone sticks faithfully to the protocols to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Whether you may be a business owner, an individual in the public transportation sector, a workplace manager, or a head of a household, it is important that you ensure persons within the sphere of influence you are responsible for, maintain habits to limit the spread of the virus,” noted the Ministry.
The Ministry wants Saint Lucians to model appropriate behaviours and hold others accountable and to wash and sanitize their hands often during the day, wear a mask every time they are in public and ensure it covers both their mouth and nose.
“Maintain the recommended six foot physical distance from others when in public. 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 immediately at the closest community respiratory clinic,” the Ministry warns.