Saint Lucia records 5 new cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Wellness late Sunday, March 7, 2021, received confirmation of 5 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory from a batch of 66 samples. The samples were taken during the period March 4, 2021 to March 6, 2021. The Ezra Long Laboratory processed these samples on March 6, 2021.

The five individuals were assessed and tested for COVID-19 at various community respiratory clinics. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners awaiting the return of their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these new cases into isolation. The contact tracing for these five individuals is underway. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 3871.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 3 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 255. At present, two of the active cases are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health also received a report of one COVID-19 related death bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 46. The patient was a 71-year-old male from the Vieux-Fort district with underlying medical illnesses. He passed away whilst in care.

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