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Saint Lucia records 14 new cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health also Reports Two COVID-19-Related Deaths

The Ministry of Health and Wellness late Sunday May 30, 2021 received confirmation of 14 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. These results are from a batch of 118 samples taken during the period May 27, 2021 to May 29, 2021. These samples were processed on May 29, 2021.

These newly diagnosed individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by healthcare practitioners while awaiting the return of their test results. Arrangements have since been made to place them into isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.

Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 3 individuals diagnosed with COVID19. This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 188. Presently, one of the active cases requires critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 5067.

The Ministry of Health also reports two COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths in country to date to 79. Death #78 is a 62 year old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illnesses. Death #79 is a 69 year old female from the Anse La Raye district with underlying medical illnesses. The Ministry of Health expresses sympathy to the families and loved ones of these individuals.

As of May 29, 2021 a total of 28, 118 individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine and 18, 653 individuals have received the second dose of the vaccine. Today Monday, May 31, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Soufriere Hospital Grounds and the Vigie Sports Complex. The COVID-19 vaccination drive will cater to the general population (18 years and older) for the first dose of the vaccine as well individuals receiving the second dose of the vaccine.

The Ministry of Health continues to emphasize on 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.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.

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