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Eleven of the 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saint Lucia have Recovered!

This press release was obtained from Saint Lucia News Online (April 14, 2020)

As of April 13, 2020, the WHO reported a total of 1,773,084 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 111,652 deaths.

There are now 610,742 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (2,967), Haiti (31), Barbados (68), Jamaica (69), Cuba (669), Dominica (16), Grenada (14), Trinidad and Tobago (112), Guyana (37), Saint Lucia (15), Antigua and Barbuda (21), Bahamas (42), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (12), Guadeloupe (143), Martinique (156), Puerto Rico (897), Saint Barthelemy (6), Aruba (92), Saint Martin (33), US Virgin Islands (51), Cayman Islands (53).

As of April 14, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Follow-up tests were also conducted on the confirmed cases in care, and to date, a total of 11 of the confirmed 15 COVID-19 patients have recovered. Presently there are 25 persons in quarantine and 20 in isolation.

Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of persons who are well and may have been exposed to a communicable disease like COVID-19. This quarantine period allows for monitoring contacts who develop signs and symptoms over the incubation period of the particular disease. We use the designated quarantine facilities for persons who travel into Saint Lucia from areas of high risk and persons who were in contact with any positive cases who do not have signs and symptoms. There are certain cases when assessed by the Ministry of Health require that the individual be placed on home quarantine among these being if the individual is confined to the bed and unable to function independently.

Isolation is used to separate known ill persons who have a communicable disease like COVID-19 from others who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of infection. In Saint Lucia, positive COVID-19 cases are kept in isolation. Isolation is also done for persons who have flu-like symptoms who were in contact with positive cases and patients but have not yet been confirmed as COVID-19 positive cases. These individuals are also kept in isolation until their results are received.

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