The Ministry of Health in a recent release noted reductions in the public health indicators and the downward trend in the epidemiological curve that possibly points toward a normal country threshold.
According to the health officials, “we forecast to be within the normal country threshold by the third week towards the end of February 2022.”
Citizens were reminded that the cases of COVID-19 noted daily still can increase hospitalizations, deaths and affect productivity in the workplace. “We appeal to all organizations, public and private sector to ensure the strengthening of all public health protocols. As we strive to live safely with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health is reviewing and updating all protocols in collaboration with the various stakeholders.”
Saint Lucia recently recorded the first pediatric COVID-19 death, a three-year-old female child with serious underlying medical conditions from Babonneau was admitted at the Respiratory hospital on January 27, 2022 and passed away on February 8, 2022.
To date, cases below 18 years of age make up 10-13% of COVID-19 cases. These cases have been mild and have recovered well. The main risk factors for severe COVID-19 in children include chronic lung disease, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, prematurity and airway abnormality.