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Saint Lucia Records 6 New Cases of COVID-19

Today Sunday April 25, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 6 new cases of COVID-19. This is from a total of 82 samples taken on April 23, 2021 and April 24, 2021. These samples were processed on April 24, 2021.

These individuals 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, they were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting receipt of their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to place these newly diagnosed individuals in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is underway.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 11 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 103. Presently, one of the active cases is requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 4492.

Today, the Ministry of Health also reports three COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to 73. Death #71 is a 61 year old male from the Dennery district. Death #72 is a 65 year old female from the Castries district. Death #73 is a 73 year old male from the Vieux-Fort district. All three of these individuals had underlying medical illnesses. The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals.

As of April 23, 2021 a total of 23, 941 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 392 individuals have received the second dose. Tomorrow Monday, April 26, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Soufriere Hospital Grounds, Vigie Sports Complex and Dennery Mothers’ Preschool catering to individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine and those in Phase Two of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Everyone interested in getting vaccinated are encouraged to pre-register ahead of time via the online platform https://hmi.govt.lc/ or at the Community Wellness Centre nearest to you.

The Ministry of Health reminds everyone of the importance of practicing the infection prevention and control measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
Wear a mask in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
Maintain a physical distance from others
Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care

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