Saint Lucia records five new cases of COVID-19

On Sunday, March 29, 2020 the Ezra Long Laboratory at the Owen King EU Hospital reported a total of five new cases of COVID-19. This now brings the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded nationally to nine (9) to date.

CaseOneisa24yearoldfemalewithtravelhistory to New York. She was quarantined at home and presented at our health facility on March 27.

Case two is a 45 year old female with a travel history to New York who presented at our health facility on March 24.

Case three is a 47 female with recent travel history to Barbados and Dominica. She presented at the health facility on March 27.

Case four is a 36 male who had travel history to Barbados and presented to our health facility on March 27.

Case five is a 74 year old female with no travel history or known contact with an individual with travel history. She presented at our facility on March 27.

Given case five has no travel history or known contact with anyone with travel history, this confirmed case points to the existence of local transmission of COVID-19. Aggressive tracing of the contacts of these cases is currently underway by health teams dispatched to the communities of interest.