(SNO) – UPDATE ON NATIONALS IN QUARANTINE AT THE RODNEY BAY PUBLIC HEALTH FACILITY – DAY 2
As of March 22, 2020, Saint Lucia has a total of 2 confirmed cases.
On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility opened to facilitate increasing numbers of passengers requiring quarantine and isolation. Today, Sunday, March 22, 2020, we have over one hundred (100) people in quarantine and three (3) people in isolation.
Quarantine centers have been set up using various hotels to facilitate the large numbers of returning nationals and any non-nationals that may arrive of concern.
Over the past 2 days, the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility has been challenged by persons in quarantine attempting to abscond. Persons who went back into communities were successfully returned through the help of the police and the community.
The Department of Health expresses thanks to the communities for their commitment to protecting the health of their neighbors and collaborating with communities for the prompt return of these individuals. By communities working with us in our response to COVID-19, we are better strengthened in reducing the possible spread of the virus. If you have information on anyone coming in from an area of restriction in the last 14 days, please notify the public health officials or the police.
– – regular handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water is not available.
– – cover mouth and nose with disposable tissues or clothing when coughing and sneezing.
– – avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
We continue to advise on social distancing as an effective strategy to reduce the spread of COVID19.
For more information please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Officer or the Epidemiology Unit, at 468-5309/468-5317 respectively.