Ten straight days of no new COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia

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Ten straight days of no new COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia
Dr. Sharon Belmar-George
Dr. Sharon Belmar-George

(PRESS RELEASE) – As of April 19, 2020, the WHO reported a total of 2, 241, 778 confirmed cases of COVID-19
globally, with 152, 551 deaths.

There are now 821, 860 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected countries within the region include Dominican Republic (4, 335), Haiti (44), Barbados (75), Jamaica (163), Cuba (986), Dominica (16), Grenada (13), Trinidad and Tobago (114), Guyana (63), Antigua and Barbuda (23), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (12), Martinique (163), and Cayman Islands (61).

As of April 20, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these 15 cases, 13 of them have recovered to date and have been discharged from hospital care, two of whom were repatriated to the United Kingdom earlier in April. At present, we only have two positive cases in isolation at the respiratory hospital. Our last confirmed case was reported on Friday, April 10, 2020, and since then of the 58 tests run, all have been negative for COVID-19.

Though we at the Ministry of Health are heartened by these data trends, we note that this should not provide us with a false sense of security and allow us to believe that we are no longer at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak. It is our awareness of this that drives our public health team to continue to work intensively in implementing all the core components of our health sector response including testing, isolating, treatment and care, contact tracing and public education.

We appeal to every individual to keep strict adherence to the infection prevention and control guidelines which continue to be issued by the Ministry of Health as these, though simple, are inexpensive and effective methods to reduce the risk for spreading COVID-19.

Saint Lucia continues on the partial shutdown and 10-hour curfew which spans the period 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. We are still at a critical juncture in the implementation of the national COVID-19 response. As such, be mindful that everyone, with the exception of essential service workers, are required to remain at home unless leaving for food or medical purposes, that there should be no mass crowd events and social gatherings. These measures collectively help in achieving the physical distance required to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 within our population.

The public is also advised against going to public places with flu-like symptoms including fever, coughing, and sneezing. When visiting the supermarket or public places, wear your home-made mask. Practice shopping first with your eyes instead of your hands; refrain from touching items unless you intend to buy them.

We continue to request that every individual practice the standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection.

These include:

– regular handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available.
– cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing.
– avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
– seek medical attention and share your travel history with your health care provider if you have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel.

The Department of Health and Wellness will continue providing regular updates on COVID-19.

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  1. Ms CMO u have not said anything different. Wash your hands ,stay home,don't go out in public n wear a mask..I thought u there for health n wellness. Don't u know staying home without moving causes more harm than good? Doctors can't keep a mask on whole day but u have asked us to do so. U said shop with your eyes n not your hands but remember there are people who need gullten free products..Or allergic to nuts n other stuff who needs to read the labels before buying....n we can discuss social distancing..How do u think that is possible when u are talking to a people that is raised hugging n kissing each other.? A people that loves to socialize? It will work but for now long? America has over 200million people yet it can not b done so who are we ? We will get frustrated after a while. U can not take our rights from us..U just can't.

    So please Ms George say something to us that social media has not already said.

    Where is Mary Issac by the way...She needs to speak out n we need to hear her take on this issue.

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  2. Concerned citizen I just love u. Your comments are so breathtaking. Yes n this is why using real data is better than a model given by bill gates. Now more doctors are coming out n saying it is probably the flu n pneumonia n not a virus as they have said because this is the flu season. Also there countries are starting to question the effectiveness of these test because the test they are using as far as my research has gone was created by a Dr of the early 1900's who said this test should be used to test infectious diseases n this is not an infectious diseases. How do u test for Coronavirus? If u have flu like symptoms then u have corona..How can oxygen breathing people wear a mask whole day? Don't they know u exhale carbon dioxide n inhale oxygen?????I guess breathing in carbon dioxide is healthier than taking in oxygen. It is sad that we can not see what is going on.

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  3. I remembered The United States when they were not conducting enough testing were down playing the magnitude of the pandemic even now some states do very few testing.Only when more tests are done a clearer picture can be painted.

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    • Strange enough the more test they do the lower the death rates become..to the point that death rates in some areas are similar to the flu...or in other cases very high death rates are as a result of hospitals issuing covid19 death certificates to everyone so that they can receive more money form the federal government...Hmm I wonder who nobody is dying from heart attacks and strokes in New York anymore?

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