The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Saint Lucia on Saturday, February 20, 2021 reported 218 new Novel Coronavirus cases (COVID-19) received from the Ezra Long Laboratory in country.
The reported results are from a batch of 585 tests that were conducted on samples taken over the period February 1 to February 17, 2021 according to the Health Ministry’s press release.
“It is necessary to note that the large numbers of COVID-19 cases reported currently are as a result of the Ezra Long Laboratory continuing to manage the backlog of samples being tested,” the Ministry further disclosed.
A total of 97 recovered persons were also reported on Saturday while two persons remain in critical care at the Respitory Hospital.
From the number of deaths reported in the last seven days, the youngest is 36 years old. Saint Lucia COVID-19 related death toll stands at 31 and active cases in country at 513 as of February 20, 2021.
Saint Lucia is in Phase1A of their vaccination schedule which gives priority to high risk frontline workers. As of February 17, 2021 a total of 130 persons have been vaccinated.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Saint Lucia received 1,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of Barbados. On Thursday February 11, 2021, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica gifted Saint Lucia a further 2000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.