St Lucia: Health Ministry shares update on COVID-19

The country has now 38 active cases of viral infection of the novel coronavirus. With the emergence of the active cases, the daily infection rate for the last seven days is 4.7 per 100,000 population per day, which represents 41 reductions from the previous seven days. 

St Lucia: Health Ministry shares update on COVID-19
St Lucia: Health Ministry shares update on COVID-19

Castries, St Lucia: The Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs of St Lucia have given the latest update on the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, March 14, 2022. The Medical Officer of Health, Dr Glensford Joseph, has informed that as of March 13, 2022, St Lucia diagnosed a total of 22, 857 COVID-19 cases in the country. 

The country has now 38 active cases of viral infection of the novel coronavirus. With the emergence of the active cases, the daily infection rate for the last seven days is 4.7 per 100,000 population per day, which represents 41 reductions from the previous seven days. 

Further, Minister Joseph stated that the average testing positivity over the last seven days is five percent compared to the national average of 16.6 percent and the transmission rate is 0.5 percent. 

The country has three positive COVID-19 cases admitted at the respiratory hospital. Out of the total, one case is severely ill. 

This past week, the country continued to register dwindling numbers of COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 public health indicators are within the normal range. 

However, the ministry continues to monitor the development of the rising cases of highly transmissible Omicron Subvariant BA-2 in some countries. 

The Ministry of Health reminds everyone of the following important measures as COVID-19 continues to be a threat. 

  • Avoid Large crowds and crowded areas, including large meetings and social gatherings. 
  • Ensure safe physical distancing for face-to-face meetings and other activities.
  • Ensure the protocols are maintained at all workplaces and sectors on many buses, gyms, hardware stores, supermarkets and recreational facilities. 
  • Use face masks when in public. 
  • Ensure regular cleaning of services and sanitation of all business establishments and environments. 

Medical Officer Joseph noted, “If you develop respiratory symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others, ensure you remain in isolation. If you are positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine, if you were a direct contact of a case, the Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are available at the various wellness centres, as per the published schedule”. 

These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in protecting persons from developing COVID-19 and its severe forms, complications, hospitalization and death, he added. 

The boost of vaccine is also available for persons who have been fully vaccinated for over six months. Everyone who has not gotten vaccinated is urged to get vaccinated urgently. We appeal to all organisations, public and private sector to ensure the strengthening of all public health protocols, underscored Minister Joseph