COVID-19 STATISTICS:

11,267,309
Confirmed cases
530,754
Deaths
6,059,565
Recovered

Saint Lucia Reports 100 Percent Recovery Of COVID-19 Cases

Press Release:–  As of April 21, 2020 the WHO reported a total of 2, 397, 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 162, 956 deaths. There are now 893, 119 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas.

The affected region includes Dominican Republic (4,964), Haiti (47), Barbados (75), Jamaica (196), Cuba (1087), Dominica (16), Grenada (13), Trinidad and Tobago (114), Guyana (63), Antigua and Barbuda (23), Bahamas (60), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (12), Guadeloupe (148), Martinique (163), Puerto Rico (1,252), US Virgin Islands (53), and Cayman Islands (61).

As of April 22, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

To date, all of the positive cases of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia have recovered, with the remaining two cases who were in isolation receiving negative COVID-19 test results and since discharged from hospital.

This now places Saint Lucia at a 100 percent recovery of all COVID-19 cases. Among the 15 cases Saint Lucia recorded were individuals who fell within the category of high risk by virtue of some being elderly as well as living with chronic illness.

They too recovered well with no complications or needed critical care.

Laboratory testing for COVID-19 continues to be conducted both locally and with the support of the Caribbean Public Health Agency Laboratory.

Saint Lucia has modified its testing strategy by testing an increased number of samples from community respiratory clinics; this would assist us in the assessment of COVID-19 locally.

Saint Lucia continues on the partial shutdown and on a 10 hour curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. We remain at a very critical position in the implementation of the national response to the COVID-19 threat.

Large scale public health and social measures have been implemented in an effort to break transmission of COVID-19 when in country transmission was noted.

The public must note that many of these measures need to be sustained in an effort to achieve low COVID-19 levels in country.

Some of the measures that have been instituted include school closure, national zoning to manage population movement, the closure of non-essential businesses, travel restrictions, the partial national shutdown and instituting a 24-hour curfew.

The measures recommended to guide individual risks include the use of masks, the testing, isolation, treatment and care of sick persons and the adoption of hygiene and other infection prevention measures.

As seen in many of the more developed countries, even with an apparent decrease in the number of cases and the flattening of the curve, there have been periods of resurgence in their cases.

When measures are relaxed and persons become more socially engaged this provides an opportunity for smaller epidemic waves which are characterized by low level transmission.

It is with the benefit of this information we note the necessity of conducting a risk assessment to arrive at evidence based approach in relaxing measures while ensuring the capacity to detect and manage a possible resurgence in cases moving forward.

Everyone is asked to note that as essential services are made available to the public the guidelines for social distancing need to be adhered to at all times in the interest of the health and safety of the public.

In the context of this we all need to be reminded that the threat of COVID-19 still exists and will continue to be with us for a while. Some of the national protocols include: stay at home as much as possible, unless it is for food or medical purposes, avoid mass crowd events and social gatherings, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene.

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 refrain from touching items unless you intend to purchase them. We need to adopt behavior patterns moving forward in this new COVID-19 environment.

Although, hardware stores are opened in an effort to facilitate household emergencies and increase water storage capacity, the public is reminded that we are still on national scale down. Only leave your house for essential goods.

Another recommendation which the public is asked to adhere to is the use of face mask or scarf when going to public places such as the supermarkets.

The face mask or scarf may be used for source control by reducing potential exposure risk from infected persons during the “pre-symptomatic” period. This measure will support current efforts to protect the health and safety of our citizens.

However for the face masks to be effective in reducing infection, they must always be used as recommended.

We continue to advise the public to focus on the maintenance of standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection.

These include: – regular hand washing with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer where soap and water is 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.

19 COMMENTS

  1. When does St. Lucia plan to begin community testing of asymptomatic persons? Relying on just testing persons who walk into respiratory clinics and their contacts is not enough. Some persons are expressing the view that St. Lucia seems to be free of COVID-19 however having been reliant on CARPHA for testing and not having done community testing of asymptomatic persons, we can’t really know exactly what the situation is. I’m happy we have resumed in-country testing, now we need to do some ground work.

  2. Twiz St Lucia has a population of about 181,000. You are asking for testing of asymptomatic people. Have you realised how many asymptomatic people would need testing? St Lucia has done very well with under 15 diagnosed cases and zero deaths.

    • Exactly Tessa…bigger countries still not getting their heads round it..Twiz play your part..encourage social distancing..sanitizing..the govt is already doing theirs..asymtomatic will b a no no…cause you are asking for the entire st lucia to be tested..and its not only those on the electoral list..you have children as well as visitors stuck on the island and undocumented people here..people need to think, analise, then speak..Asymtomatic testing would not be as straight forward as you think…cause you are looking for something that may have or have not been there…PLAY YOUR PART..STAY SAFE…REST AT HOME IS BETTER THAN REST IN PEACE AND 6FT DISTANCING IS BETTER THAN 6FT UNDER..

    • Tessa, I totally agree with all Twiz posted here. I don’t think he is suggesting that it will be a very easy task but it is necessary to at least try. We can look at the communities where those who tested positive came from for a start. Whatever we do there is need for a level of assurance that we don’t have people who may spread the virus and make the situation worse. We must avoid people thinking that with 100% of the 15 recovered all is well. It is not so.

  3. Tessa St Lucia has done very well. Especially given the fact that we started testing in country later than many of our Caribbean counterparts and also the fact that we have still been heavily reliant on CARPHA. No one is denying our successes. To do so would be foolish. In fact sheer joy was expressed at the news that 100% of infected patients recovered. I do realize that community testing is a mammoth task, especially in light of our current resources. But there are different ways to approach it and different methods by which this can be accomplished. There has also been little to no mention of community testing of asymptomatic persons, thus one may wonder if its even being considered at all. The fight against COVID-19 is multi-faceted. The tone of the article is the same as mine- that we remain vigilant since we are still not completely out of the woods as yet.

    • Twiz you must also take into consideration our limited resource in such difficult time, in recommending the testing of 181,000 St Lucians to look for something we are not sure exist in St Lucia. Our last positive case is over 3 weeks ago. If any of our cases did contact and affected any asymptomatic person it would have had to be over the 14 days incubation period. Is it possible that all those the infected asymptomatic individual contacted were asymptomatic also? This should give us a good idea that there may not be any asymptomatic case in St Lucia. By now we would have known,

  4. For those of us who are educated, we know Twiz is absolutely right with that assessment. If this is not done, the second outbreak will likely be bigger than the first. Singapore blew its trumpet quite early in the game, now its facing a second wave even bigger than the first. What did it do wrong? Well it did lock borders fairly early, no travel in and out. But kept school, restaurants and work going on as normal. I guess it forgot the part about community spread the peculiar problem presented by asymptomatic people. Hopefully it did not pull a trick like us who gave health certificates to people whom we never tested. We will learn the hard way in this place.

  5. Twiz, that is unrealistic, if they were or are asymptomatic people the health facilities would be getting many reports or indications by now of people with respiratory symptoms, since all of our cases were imports from March and now exceeded the incubation period of the virus (approx. 5-6 weeks) a large degree of households would have already been infected showing symptoms by now.
    I am not saying that we are Covid-19 free as I believe this to be impossible just like the common Flu virus until a vaccine is developed for immunity.
    but it think the health ministry has done a good job so far in containing any outbreak of the virus thus far.
    We should at least be thankful we have had no deaths as compared to the rest of the world,……………….

    • Lily,we need to take into account all factors before saying this, that or the other does not add up 1. We have 100% recovery of confirmed cases only. 2. We still have people in isolation and quarantine who still need to be declared COVID free. 3. There is a possibility that there are asymptomatic people out in the community. Only when there is a 100% recovery of all confirmed cases with no one in quarantine and isolation and no asymptomatic people in the community, can we breathe freely. Until then, borders need to remain closed (because other countries are not doing so well) and everyone should continue practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing/ sanitizing. Rigorous testing also needs to be done rule out asymptomatic cases in the community.

  6. Please don’t be quick to open the country and borders. At the same time if people don’t have a sign of the flu how the athourites will test them?The government is begging those that have the symptoms to come in. Some lucians are pretending they can hear but can’t understand.

  7. For once I was beginning to think that St Lucians were the intelligent people I know we are. The debate was fruitful and no one called the other any derogatory name or displayed their hack behavior but that was until I saw Lily and Joe. Couldn’t St Lucians for once appreciate what we have. I have friends calling from other Caribbean countries who saw this report from WHO, and are totally impressed with our efforts.
    At this point yes we need more testing like some alluded to maybe not to the extent that some may desire. Also we need to continue practicing all the protocols that brought us here. There should be no rush to do anything that would jeapodize what we worked so hard to achieve. Follow the examples and don’t become another Germany or Singapore.

  8. The hard working Hospital Staff all need a bonus after that. They go along doing their work without complaining.
    Keep the Borders closed for a while until the all clear, when ever, if ever; but be wise, keep on Praying.

  9. We need to expand testing as best we can but good news. Keep up the good work especially the cuban doctors!

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