Saint Lucia records 36 new cases of COVID-19

The Number of Active Cases is 374

Today Tuesday, August 10, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 36 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory. This is from a total of 235 samples taken on August 8, 2021 and August 9, 2021.

These samples were processed on August 9, 2021. These individuals were seen at various community respiratory clinics where they were assessed and tested for COVID-19. In-keeping with the national COVID-19 testing protocol, they 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 underway.

The Ministry of Health also reports two new COVID-19 deaths. To date, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in country is 67 and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths is 27. COVID-19 death #66 is an 84 year old male from the Castries district. COVID-19 death #67 is a 75 year old female from the Castries district. The Ministry of Health extends condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of these individuals.

Confirmation was also received of the recovery of 8 individuals bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 374. 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 5949.

As of August 9, 2021 a total of 32, 898 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 25, 671 individuals have received the second dose. Tomorrow Wednesday, August 11, 2021 the health team will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Dennery Mothers’ Pre-School and the Vigie Sports Complex. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals 18 years and older. Let us all adults get vaccinated to protect ourselves, family, friends, colleagues and others.

Everyone should be mindful of the reality that we are preparing for the possible introduction of the Delta variant. As we continue managing the COVID-19 pandemic, let us remain vigilant and make it a priority to adhere to all protocols. By adhering to the protocols, you can reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our lives, family, friends, colleagues and others. The Ministry of Health reiterates the importance of everyone continuing to practice the infection prevention and control guidelines which includes hand hygiene, use of a face mask in public covering the mouth, nose and chin, maintaining a distance from others and using a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and handled objects. If you are experiencing flulike symptoms, keep away from others and seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic.

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, 2021.

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