The Ministry of Health today Friday December 18, 2020 out of a batch of 157 tests conducted received confirmation of one new case of COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 280.
Case #280 is a 33-year-old female from the Gros-Islet district who presented at a Community Respiratory Clinic where she was assessed and tested for COVID-19 and was placed in quarantine by a health care provider while awaiting her test result.
Arrangements have now been made for the transfer of this individual into isolation and contact tracing is currently on-going and an epidemiological link has not been able to be established for this case at this point in time.
A total of seven recoveries were also reported to the Ministry of Health today. This reduces the number of active cases in country to 22. At present, all active cases are stable and none are in critical care.
The Ministry of Health reminded citizens that as they enter into the weekend before the celebration of Christmas, they do the usual visits to the supermarket, stores and social engagements, to be mindful of the guidelines that are being promoted to protect health and well-being of every citizen.
“It is worthwhile to take time to plan before going to shopping to limit the amount of time spent out shopping and interacting in public places. Additionally, upon returning home from public places, it is important to first and foremost devote time to properly wash hands with soap and flowing water before attending to anything in the home.”