On Tuesday February 16, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 27 new cases of COVID-19. This is from a batch of 81 tests conducted on samples taken on during the period February 1 to February 13, 2021.
These individuals were seen at various respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. As per existing COVID-19 testing protocols, they were each placed in home quarantine by health care practitioners while awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to place all of these individuals into isolation. The contact tracing team is undertaking investigations to identify the contacts of these confirmed cases.
Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 426 individuals bringing the total number of active cases currently in country to 277. Presently, two of the active cases are in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 2576.
The Ministry of Health also reports one new COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in country to 24. Death #24 is a 38 year old male from the Castries district.