Home Isolation & Quarantine Urged In St Lucia Amid Covid Spike

(St Lucia Times) – The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) continues to advocate for home isolation and home quarantine, as the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases locally reached over 200 on Thursday.

SLMDA President, Dr. Merle Clarke, explained that the organisation believes the health system and the hospital bed capacity will be overwhelmed if patients who are able to, are not isolated at home.

“That includes our members. If they have the adequate capacity – the adequate facilities at home to isolate, because it’s not a decision of course which can be taken very calmly,” Clarke observed.

According to her, such decisions have to be taken very judiciously.

“You need to ensure of course that people are going to stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not sharing the same space with your family so you are not risking infecting members of your family,” Clarke said in a statement released to the media on Friday.

She acknowledged that several factors have to be taken into account.

Clarke also disclosed that the SLMDA has recommended the concept of telemedicine.

“Our Chief Medical Officer and the rest of the officials at the Ministry of Health certainly are on board with the concept of telemedicine – that we certainly have to do more of that, if only to limit contact,” she stated.

The SLMDA President observed that in part, the measure would ensure that vulnerable patients, including those with cancer, heart disease and diabetes, could be kept at home but still be attended to so that Saint Lucia does not experience a ‘third wave’ where patients with other pathologies are left behind because of the focus on COVID-19.