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Saint Lucia Records 76 New Cases of COVID-19

On Monday August 9, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 76 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. These results are from a batch of 179 samples taken on August 7, 2021 and August 8, 2021. The samples were processed on August 8, 2021.

All of these new cases 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 receipt of their COVID-19 test results. Arrangements have since been made to place them in isolation. The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.

The Ministry of Health also reports two new COVID-19 deaths. To date, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in-country is 65 and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 27. COVID-19 death #64 is a 66-year-old male from the Dennery district and COVID-19 death #65 is a 61 year old female from the Castries district.

Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 16 individuals diagnosed with COVID- 19. This brings the total number of active cases currently recorded in country to date to 350. Presently, three of the active cases are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital. The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 5913.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, the Office of the Prime Minister will soon be announcing
the changes to the present protocols which will come into effect from August 13, 2021 to August 31,

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