By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Eastern Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia has seen their total COVID-19 cases double since Nov. 1, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a travel notice.

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Saint Lucia saw their 80th COVID-19 case on Nov. 1, a day that saw 6 total. The Ministry of Health Friday November 13 received confirmation of four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases diagnosed in country to date to 160.

Two total deaths have been reported, with the most recent fatality reported Tuesday in a 78-year-old male from the Gros-Islet district.

On Monday, the CDC said the COVID-19 risk in Saint Lucia is moderate and recommends that people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 postpone nonessential travel to Saint Lucia.

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If you travel, take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not travel if you are sick.

CDC reminds travelers if you get sick in Saint Lucia and need medical care, resources such as hospital beds may be limited.

If you get sick with COVID-19 (or test positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms) while abroad, you may be isolated or not be permitted to return to the United States until you have recovered fully from your illness. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure.