Monday 30 November, 2020

St Lucia records second case of coronavirus

Saint Lucia has recorded its second case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The patient is a 53-year-old male with an active travel history with France being his last port of departure.

He arrived in Saint Lucia on Wednesday in the company of colleagues. He was admitted to a medical institution on Friday. Based on his travel history and symptoms, health professionals suspected COVID-19.

The patient was placed in isolation at a medical facility and a sample was collected on the same day and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) where laboratory tests confirmed a positive result on Saturday.

This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Saint Lucia to two. The first case was diagnosed on Friday.

A team has been dispatched to conduct contact tracing and the quarantine of contacts of the patient to ensure that all persons who have been in contact with this individual are assessed and managed as per protocol.

The Department of Health reminded the public that there is currently no vaccine against the virus, and prevention is the most effective strategy against the spread of COVID-19.

The public is being asked to practice infection prevention and control measures to help stem the spread of the virus.

1. Frequently wash hands using soap and flowing water or when hand washing is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol.

2. Cover your cough and sneeze using a flexed elbow or with a tissue. Immediately throw the tissue into a bin and wash your hands.

3. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share any previous travel history with your health care provider.

St Lucian health officials have assured the public that it is continuing focused efforts in implementing its national coronavirus plan.

The Department of Health said: "We appeal to you to remain calm and to follow the advisories which we provide as we work together to maintain the health and safety of all."

For more information, contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at +1 (758) 468-5309/468-5317.

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