On Friday March 5, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 29 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. These results are from a batch of 184 samples taken on March 3, 2021 and processed on March 4, 2021.
The patients were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, healthcare practitioners placed each of these individuals in-home quarantine while awaiting the return of their test results. Arrangements have been made for the placement of these individuals into isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3843.
Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 13 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 338. At present, two of the individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The Ministry of Health also reported two COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to 45. Death #44 is a 64 year old female from the Castries district with underlying medical illness. Death #45 is a 91 year old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illness. The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals.