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12th Coronavirus death in USVI

The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health (DoH) has announced the 12th Covid-19-related death in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), coming just 4 days after the department reported the 11th fatality. Photo: Internet Source
Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr does not believe shutting down the Territory is a feasible move. Photo: File
Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr does not believe shutting down the Territory is a feasible move. Photo: File
VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health (DoH) has announced the 12th Covid-19-related death in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), coming just 4 days after the department reported the 11th fatality.

The latest victim, according to DoH, was a 72-year-old man from St Thomas; no further details were provided. And it was not clear whether this victim was a resident at the Queen Louise Home for the Aged, many of whom were hospitalized at the Schneider Regional Medical Center following an outbreak at the assisted living facility.

The 10th victim, a centenarian, was a resident of Queen Louise. The Consortium also learned that the 11th victim was a member of the assisted living facility as well. Whether the 12th victim was a resident of the Queen Louise Home for the Aged has yet to be announced, and the Department of Human Services has not issued a statement.

Community spread

Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr during his Covid-19 response update Monday appeared frustrated when responding to questions posed by the Consortium. Asked how the virus was able to infiltrate the seniors home in St Thomas. His response: "Covid."

There was a pause, then he added, "In St Thomas we have coronavirus at a community-spread level where we felt we needed to shutdown. The reason it is called community spread is because you don't know where it's coming from, and the reason why we shut down is that we don't know where it's coming from. We still don't, and we're just trying to get people to stop moving. 

"It's not like there weren't protocols in place or anything, it's just... If you have prison guards, nurses, personnel, medical personnel moving from place to place, people coming in, eventually it's going to happen. It's a matter of when, not a matter of if, so all we can do is try our best to keep it to a minimum and then deal with the situation as quickly as possible."

When asked whether there would have been a different outcome to the current surge in cases if stricter action had been taken earlier, the governor responded with sarcasm. "You mean if I had a crystal ball that could have seen what was going to happen...?"

He added, "The only action I think that we have done that's any different is shutting the bars." Reminded that he had halted the lodging reservation system in the territory, which discouraged visitors from traveling here, the governor asserted, "So what you're saying we should have never opened the territory at all; I don't think that's really feasible. We shut down the territory because we want people to stop moving." Mr Bryan said the only thing that could have been done differently to keep people safe was if the administration had never allowed bars to reopen.

14 new COVID-19 cases

DoH reported 14 new cases of the virus on Monday: 7 on St Croix and 7 on St Thomas. No new cases were reported in St John.

To date, 998 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the USVI, while 13,613 have tested negative. Including both public (DoH) and private, a total of 14,667 tests have been performed.

DoH said it was tracking 232 active cases as of Monday, while 754 people have recovered, up from 712 the day before, for a total of 42 recoveries between Sunday and Monday.

5 Responses to “12th Coronavirus death in USVI”

  • stupid (25/08/2020, 22:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bill Gates really buy y'all out.
  • ... (25/08/2020, 23:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    well they are way ahead of us
  • The TRUTH (26/08/2020, 01:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damn, the bloggers quiet on this one.
  • The Corner (26/08/2020, 07:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    232 cases active is way down from the peak last week. This is good news, the usvi may have turned a corner and their strategies are working. Good job Gov Bryan, you have done well to keep people working and safe. I wonder how many of these elderly deaths are really and truly covid? Any death is now attributed to covid if a person has tested positive even if its not truly the CAUSE of death.


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