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43rd COVID-19 related death in USVI announced

The COVID-19 related death of a 58-year-old woman was the second such announcement in one day by the US Virgin Islands Department of Health, which only an hour earlier, August 18, 2021, announced that a 62-year-old St John woman had died from the virus. Photo: VIC
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FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The COVID-19 related death of a 58-year-old woman was the second such announcement in one day by the US Virgin Islands Department of Health, which only an hour earlier, August 18, 2021, announced that a 62-year-old St John woman had died from the virus.

"After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to confirm the territory’s forty-third death related to COVID-19. The deceased is a 58-year-old female on St Thomas," DoH said Wednesday.

The territory reported 305 Covid-19 cases on Monday, August 16, 2021, down from 401 last week, providing an encouraging anecdotal sign that the Delta variant's spread may be leveling off, though it is too early to say for certain.

On Sunday, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr told the Consortium that vaccination against Covid-19 saw a sharp increase last week, a sign that the Delta variant-induced surge in active infections and rising Covid-related deaths in the territory were pushing US Virgin Islanders to get vaccinated against the virus.

According to the governor, over 1,200 Virgin Islanders got vaccinated against Covid-19 last week. "It looks like we're going to keep that trend for a while," he said.

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