Press Release:– Today Tuesday March 2, 2021 the Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of 234 new cases of COVID-19 from the Ezra Long Laboratory.
This is from a batch of 821 samples taken during the period February 12 to March 1, 2021.
These samples were processed on February 28, 2021 and March 1, 2021.
This increased number represents the last batch of the backlog of cases.
From Wednesday March 3, 2021 the Ezra Long Laboratory will be processing samples with a 24 hour turnaround time.
These individuals were assessed and tested for COVID-19 at various community respiratory clinics.
In keeping with the COVID-19 testing protocol, these individuals were placed in home quarantine by health practitioners while awaiting receipt of their test results.
Arrangements have been made to place these newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases into isolation.
The contact tracing for these new cases is currently underway.
The new cases bring the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date
Confirmation was also received today of the recovery of 27 individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the total number of active cases in country to date to 670.
Presently, three of the individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are requiring critical care at the Respiratory Hospital.
Today, the Ministry of Health also reports one COVID-19 related death.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in country to date to 37.
Death #37 is a 65 year old male from the Castries district with underlying medical illnesses.
The individual was in care at the time of his passing.
The Ministry of Health expresses sympathy to the family and loved ones of this gentleman
during this difficult time.
The Ministry of Health asks every citizen to continue keeping their guard up and to practice the behaviors that reduce the spread of the virus.
– Wash your hands frequently using soap and flowing water
– Wear a mask especially in public places and ensure it covers the mouth, chin and nose
– Maintain a six foot physical distance from others
– Use a bleach solution to sanitize frequently touched surfaces and frequently handled objects
– Avoid contact with other people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms
– If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, avoid being in close contact with others and seek medical care
The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue providing updates to the public as new information becomes available.