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Thursday, May 06, 2021

First Coronavirus death recorded in USVI

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday morning, April 5, 2020 announced the first coronavirus death in the USVI.

The Department of Health has not provided information on which district the death occurred. Government House Communications Director, Richard Motta, told this publication that the Department of Health was waiting to notify next of kin before revealing location.

On Friday, April 3, 2020 Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr said three people were hospitalised territory-wide, with two on St Thomas and one on St Croix. "All of these patients are in stable condition and none of them are using ventilators at this time," Mr Bryan said at the time.

So far, DOH said it has tested 266 people, with 42 results returning positive (28 on St Thomas, 12 on St Croix and two on St John)

Interestingly, while there were 18 results pending as of Sunday, the Department of Health, according to the VITEMA alert, currently has no tests pending for St Croix. There are 15 tests pending for St Thomas and 3 on St John.

The department said 34 persons have recovered from the disease, which means DOH is also tracking eight individuals.

The breakdown:

Total Tested: 266
Positive: 42 (28 STT; 12 STX; 2 STJ)


STT: 7 travel; 9 community; 9 contact with confirmed case; 3 under investigation
STX: 9 travel; 1 community; 1 contact with confirmed case; 1 under investigation
STJ: 2 travel; 0 community; 0 contact with confirmed case; 0 under investigation
Negative: 206 (121 STT; 77 STX; 8 STJ)
Pending: 18 (15 STT; 0 STX; 3 STJ)
Recovered: 34
Death: 1


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