St Lucia shares update on protocols for notification of confirmed COVID cases

As the pandemic evolves, changes have been made to the various protocols, including testing, quarantine, contact tracing and isolation.

St Lucia shares update on protocols for notification of confirmed COVID cases
St Lucia shares update on protocols for notification of confirmed COVID cases

St Lucia: The first case of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia was diagnosed on March 13, 2020. Since then, Saint Lucia has recorded a total of 26, 564 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 12, 2022, and the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and Elderly Affairs is currently managing the 6th wave in the country. 

As the pandemic evolves, changes have been made to the various protocols, including testing, quarantine, contact tracing, and isolation. This is in keeping with global standards as the country aims to strike a balance between the management of the pandemic and its impact on the health, economy, education, and other sectors of society.

The Ministry of Health has most recently updated the protocols for notification of confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Here is the full update on the revised COVID-19 protocols: 

  • Persons who visit a respiratory clinic or private facility for COVID-19 testing will now be required to provide some additional information. 
  • The information required are vaccination data including status and date of vaccination; place of work, school and grade for school-age individuals and very importantly a valid email address. 
  • Persons who test positive for COVID-19 will now be notified of their results by a Public Health Officer attached to the testing site via phone or email.
  •  Along with the results, patients will receive instructions pertaining to isolation protocols, home monitoring and warning symptoms that should prompt medical care.
  • On receipt of the positive COVID-19 results, patients are expected to inform their employees, schools and close contacts so that contact tracing, quarantine and testing can be initiated. Followup of confirmed cases will continue to be done by the home isolation monitoring team.
  • Patients are advised to contact the respiratory centre where they got tested if they have not received results within 24-72 hours after testing.
  • Contact information for the respiratory clinics is as follows:
  • Gros Islet Polyclinic. Contact 723-0663 or gros_islet.respiratory@govt.lc
  • Vieux-Fort Wellness Centre: Contact 518-5881, 384-7344 or vieux_fort.respiratory@govt.lc
  • Dennery Hospital. Contact: 468-7661, 468-7662 or dennery.respiratory@govt.lc
  • Soufriere Hospital. Contact: 518-1905 or 468-7617 soufriere.respiratory@govt.lc
  • Patients who tested negative for COVID-19 will continue to be notified by the clinic where they were tested via telephone
  • Let us all continue to follow the protocols, take personal responsibility for our health and safety and by extension that of our family, friends and communities as we work to return to a state of normalcy.