On Thursday, December 17, 2020, the Ministry of Health received confirmation of one new case of COVID-19 from a total of 145 samples tested. with 1 positive and 144 negatives the total number of cases diagnosed in the country to date is 279.
Case #279, a 39-year-old male from the Gros-Islet district is also recorded as Saint Lucia’s fifth COVID-19 related death.
According to a release from the Ministry of Health, On Wednesday, December 16, 2020, case #279 came into a respiratory facility as a critical patient with other severe underlying medical conditions. At the time of admission, he was assessed and tested for COVID-19 and passed away while in care.
An epidemiological link has not been established for this case and investigations are on-going by the contact tracing team to determine any possible existence of an epidemiological link for this case.