Press Release:– Today Tuesday February 16, 2021, the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation from the Ezra Long Laboratory of 27 new cases of COVID-19.
This is from a batch of 81 tests conducted on samples taken on during the period February 1 to February 13, 2021.
These individuals were seen at various respiratory clinics where they were assessed and
tested for COVID-19.
As per existing COVID-19 testing protocols, they were each placed in home quarantine by health care practitioners while awaiting the return of their COVID-19 test results.
Arrangements have since been made to place all of these individuals into isolation.
The contact tracing team is undertaking investigations to identify the contacts of
these confirmed cases.
Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 426 individuals bringing the total
number of active cases currently in country to 277.
Presently, two of the active cases are in critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
The new cases now bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 2576.
The Ministry of Health also reports one new COVID-19 related death bringing the total
number of deaths in country to 24.
Death #24 is a 38 year old male from the Castries district.
The Ministry extends condolences to the family and loved ones of this individual.
As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health asks all to continue practicing the infection prevention and control measures and to keep our guard up.
Let us focus on some of the guidelines essential in keeping us all safe and to
reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
– Frequently wash hands your with flowing water and soap
– Wear a mask when in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, nose and chin
– Maintain a six foot distance from others wherever possible
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
– Avoid contact with other people who have flu-like symptoms
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it is important to keep away from others and to
urgently seek medical care at your closest community respiratory clinic for assessment.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new
information becomes available.