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5th person dies from COVID-19 in VI

According to reports reaching our newsroom this morning, July 14, 2021, a COVID-19 positive individual passed away last night at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital. Photo: Internet Source/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has registered its 5th COVID-19 related death.

According to reports reaching our newsroom this morning, July 14, 2021, the individual passed away last night at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

The deceased is said to be from Virgin Gorda and worked in the telecommunications sector.

Our newsroom has chosen to withhold the name of the person until we are satisfied family members have been notified.

Virgin Islands News Online extends sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

Only yesterday, July 13, 2021, a female succumbed to COVID-19 at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

64 Responses to “5th person dies from COVID-19 in VI”

  • VG (14/07/2021, 08:22) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Condolences to the Family may you R.I.P....
  • So sad (14/07/2021, 08:52) Like (41) Dislike (129) Reply
    Condolences to the family and friends. Sadly there will be many more while we only have 30% fully vaccinated.
    • Power of the Tongue (14/07/2021, 10:32) Like (26) Dislike (33) Reply
      Take that back. Instead encourage persons to sanitize. Social distance and protect themselves. Our words are powerful. Positivity reaps positivity.
      • Agree (14/07/2021, 13:44) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
        This is not even the place for it. Seriously we are grieving. Can you just allow us to? Covid is bad enough but everywhere you turn is vaccine no vaccine oh gosh give us some time to cry without feeling like our loved ones were suicidal or something. We don't even know how or when our loved ones got it and we don't know why they did not take the vaccine or why they did. all we know they are gone, gone!!! We do all we can to prevent and sometimes it just unfortunate. Our community and health providers need to start publishing things/medication to treat symptoms if or when we get covid so we can have some help in that area as well. let us grieve in peace.
    • wise up (14/07/2021, 12:12) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Instead of Killing the positive with your negative ending. You should have left it at your condolences to the family. That was very sad and ugly. May you have a good day. shame on you. WOW
    • Rubber Duck (14/07/2021, 18:31) Like (9) Dislike (100) Reply
      1559 cases. 31 hospital admissions. 30 unvaccinated. 1 vaccinated ( admitted for something else but tested positive)

      All the dead, unvaccinated.

      How much more proof do you need.? Get vaccinated.
  • trevor (14/07/2021, 08:53) Like (65) Dislike (26) Reply
    For the love of live, protect yourself!
    Vaccinate, the life you save may be your own!
  • scamdemic (14/07/2021, 08:59) Like (25) Dislike (100) Reply
    You guys are really racking up the deaths with your ventilators. how evil
  • omg (14/07/2021, 09:02) Like (48) Dislike (16) Reply
    do we have the skilled medical persons
    to deal with the cases: have the necessary equipment is one thing but it is another thing understanding how that equipment actually functions
    • Lucifer (14/07/2021, 10:19) Like (62) Dislike (2) Reply
      There is no reasoning with certain people. First it was COVID is a hoax and not real, then people start falling ill so blame that on the vaccines, now unvaccinated people are dying and its blame the equipment or the treatment. Maybe just maybe COVID is real and poses a genuine threat to certain people.

      There is no shame in people that initially doubted it admitting that they may have been wrong and accepting that COVID represents a very real and dangerous threat. The basis of science is to take the evidence in front of you and draw a conclusion, as time passes, more evidence might emerge and conclusions may change. Too many people here have drawn their initial conclusion and it seems no evidence to the contrary can change that.
      • GTFOH (14/07/2021, 12:56) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
        Lol I predicted the excuses will keep evolving months ago. They went from there is no virus it’s something with the 5g towers to Bill Gates possibly involved to depopulate the earth, say the virus is the flu now the deaths gone up and they can’t belittle the virus they will blame the poor doctors. I hope the doctors don’t die because they will so on blame somebody else.
  • Oh No (14/07/2021, 09:02) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Jesus lord. So two deaths in one day
    • Oh no no no (14/07/2021, 10:43) Like (25) Dislike (9) Reply
      Jesus lord. So two unvaccinated persons die in one day, and the vaccinated person recovers and is discharged from hospital.
  • ccc (14/07/2021, 09:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh no
  • vi (14/07/2021, 09:10) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    R .I.P
  • From or with (14/07/2021, 09:12) Like (29) Dislike (15) Reply
    From or with COVID? Someone can die due to fish poisoning but had Covid? Likewise die from Covid but was currently sick with fish poisoning.
    • from (14/07/2021, 10:29) Like (50) Dislike (1) Reply
      These people are dying FROM complications due to covid. Yes they may have other underlying conditions, asthma, diabetes ect.. but the reason they are dying is because they caught COVID.
  • Rubber Duck (14/07/2021, 09:15) Like (54) Dislike (30) Reply
    Sad but inevitable.

    Get vaccinated. Don’t be a statistic.
  • Hmm (14/07/2021, 09:32) Like (39) Dislike (15) Reply
    Please lock this place down at least a two weeks, im not one for locking down but this is getting dangerous, reason is as the public health officers have said, people know they have this and are readily going around like its nothing, some people believe covid isn't real, and these same people will come smile and talk to you like nothing, you get sick and people are dying! Becasue of their beliefs and the careless way they are moving around this small island, others are in danger!
    • resident (14/07/2021, 10:51) Like (14) Dislike (22) Reply
      I suspect its too late for a lock down to do much. The unvaccinated will already be infected given the number of known cases and also the population concentrations of unvaccinated people.
    • sooner or later (14/07/2021, 12:01) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Putting a lockdown in place will simply delay the inevitable. Just like the flu, everyone is going to get this virus at some point. People with underlying conditions who refuse to vaccinate will die or be seriously ill sooner or later.
  • VG (14/07/2021, 09:34) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    Condolences to the family. This one touched home. So sad to hear this. Spoke to my friend a little over a month ago, never knew that would be our last conversation.
    • @VG (14/07/2021, 12:11) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      So sad and sorry to hear this. RIP to your friend, and condolences to their family.
      I fear your experience is a harbinger of days and weeks to come.
      I wish that people would understand that vaccination breaks the chain and spread of infection. It will help to reduce hospitalizations and save lives.
  • Condolences (14/07/2021, 09:49) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the family. I pray for your strength in the midst of this storm. May you find comfort knowing that God cares and that his heart is touched with your grief.
  • mercy (14/07/2021, 09:52) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lord we ask for your mercy over the British Virgin Islands may your blood be applied to this territory in the name of Jesus.
  • Hmm (14/07/2021, 09:55) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
    First it was the vaccine now it’s the ventilator smh be smart people this ting real protect yo self
  • Love (14/07/2021, 09:56) Like (29) Dislike (39) Reply
    I dont think it's right for any medical practitioner to state a person died from covid as soon as they die and they have not did and throughout autopsy to determine other medical issues he could of have prior to covid. Now if you had a heart issue before then u get covid which trigger your heart to malfunction t, then is your heart fail that kills u with addition to the recent covid. They need to stop this and give a full report on any matter if that's the case
    • Lucifer (14/07/2021, 10:13) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
      Many of the deaths that have occurred, and which which continue to occur, will be people with underlying conditions, some of which may be undiagnosed. If COVID is the trigger factor for that condition killing you, then the sensible option has to be vaccinate to protect against COVID. If you don't catch COVID or you have primed your immune system to fight it (by vaccination) you minimise the chance of the underlying condition causing a problem.

    • @Love (14/07/2021, 12:09) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      So if a person comes into the ER with diabetic symptoms, you confirmed that the said symptoms are as stated and that person dies, what would you say they died from? An autopsy is normally conducted on a person who died without any obvious reason, where the cause of death is suspicious or where the law requires on to be done to determine the cause of death ie: an accident, or murder.
  • Magnifies (14/07/2021, 10:07) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Everything magnifies in the BVi
  • The TRUTH (14/07/2021, 10:12) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    We are not equipped to handle this, due to no fault of ours. The govt tried to warn yall from the beginning. But because we escaped the earlier onslaught other countries suffered, some of us got complacent, arrogant and disrespectful. Batten down the hatches, folks it's gon be a wild ride.
  • Eagle Eye (14/07/2021, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Sad to report. Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don't ask my why. Things are not the same they used to be. Please don't ask me why.
  • Condolences (14/07/2021, 10:26) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    You were so friendly and jovial. Always willing to help. You will be missed. Condolences to all your family, friends and colleagues. May sleep in eternal peace and may God comfort those that were close to you.
  • For our own good let use all the help available to fight the covid-19 virus, not each others as many are doing. (14/07/2021, 10:27) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    My condolence the the family of the deceased. May He comfort their minds, and give to them the syrength
    they need.
    The covid-19 virus that is now causing lost of lives among us is not a myth. What is mythical is the mythical mindset of many of citizens, that living among us.
    This is one of many true old saying: "The ship that is not steered by its rudder ends up on the rocks." And worst on the ocean floor. Only ignorant people leave life to chance. Our decisions should be base on proven evidence, not unproven speculation, and random belief.
    Let us chose life, rather death, love rather than hate, proven knowledge, error-free wisdom, unity with honest true purpose rather than selfishness, faihfulness rather than faithlessness, truth rather than lies.
  • Thoughtful Sailor (14/07/2021, 10:29) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    A person can die of Covid, or they can die because Covid makes them much more susceptible to a previous condition. Either way, Covid is the nail in the coffin. Understand that. A person might be old and diabetic, for example, but live for many years, if it were not that Covid intervened and took them early. Covid is the reason for death, not their prior illness.
    • Tongue Fu (14/07/2021, 14:18) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Thoughtful sailot


      Based on that premise why is it did they took the vaccinated elderly person who died off the list of covid related illnesses. The Minister announced that it was covid related and then the CMO said no it is under investigation as she had a intercurrent illness.
  • Doctors warned us (14/07/2021, 10:34) Like (9) Dislike (30) Reply
    Ventilator kills
  • BVI love (14/07/2021, 10:57) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Doctors when using the ventilators try to place the patient on the stomach, so that it will not impact their lungs and they will be able to breathe.
  • Sad friend (14/07/2021, 10:57) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Spoke to him a little more than a week ago when he called to check up on me as he would do most weeks. I knew something was wrong when he did not answer calls or messsges. Never imagined this.
    Prayers going up for his wife, daughter, grandbaby and family that they may find comfort in knowing he is in a better place
  • Skeptics (14/07/2021, 11:24) Like (34) Dislike (6) Reply
    No matter what news come out regarding COVID, these anti vaxxers and conspiracy theories come online a spew nonsense. People. Are. Dying. I don’t know what else needs to happen for the rest of you to wake up. There is no glass dome over the BVI protecting it from the world’s afflictions. If you can, vaccinate. It may not prevent you from getting the virus, but it significantly reduces it effects. Stats don’t lie. Consult your medical practitioner (not Facebook) and make your decision from there.
  • Outsider (14/07/2021, 11:33) Like (7) Dislike (21) Reply
    The reason why people are getting the virus is because they don't have the money to pay for the test. Government needs to give people the test for free.
    • Really? (14/07/2021, 12:06) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      If persons don't get the virus in the first place, there would be no need to pay for a test to find out if they have the virus.

      So that's not the reason.
    • or (14/07/2021, 12:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Better to just assume you do have it and stay at home as much as you can at this point.
    • Reader (14/07/2021, 19:58) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      @ Outsider

      The vaccine is FREE, even at Eureka (available to 31st Jul. '21), its FREE. So there is no excuse. Better to take it with Faith, not Fear.
  • JUDGEMENT ISSA MUST!!! (14/07/2021, 11:38) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    THAT DAY WILL COME WHEN WE SHALL STAND AND SEE THE WICKED TRY TO ESCAPE AND THEY WILL BE NO WAY TO RUN!!!
  • omg (14/07/2021, 11:40) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    THE COUNTRY SHOULD MAKE PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR BOTHH VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED, ITS OUR DECISION AND OUR BODIES!!! YOU CAN NOT SAY WE SHOULD DIE BECAUSE WE HAVE MADE DECISIONS THAT WE THINK SUIT OUR BODY! THIS IS SELFISH. WE STILL DONT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE VACCINATED PERSONS IN THE FUTURE. SOME PEOPLE HAVE THEIR TRUST IN GOD.
    • facts (14/07/2021, 12:22) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      True- just make sure your healthy if you do decide to not get vaccinated- cause if u not- high chance you will die if u get covid. Take the vaccine- 1 in million chance of dying from complications- dont take the vaccine- 5 in 1230 of dying. Take ur chances.
    • @wow (14/07/2021, 12:32) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Nobody is saying the unvaccinated should die. AT ALL. The unfortunate reality coming from the numbers here is that the unvaccinated ARE dying. A lockdown at this point would not work because of how far the virus has already spread in the community. All that we can do is follow the measures put in place to try and protect us. Everyone has a choice - if you are unvaccinated or vaccinated and concerned LOCKDOWN yourself. At this point EVERYONE needs to do what they can to protect themselves and those around them. IMO, with over 1000 people infected (and probably many more untested), a lockdown now and rush to the stores to stock up would cause superspreading and make the situation much worse.
  • Interested (14/07/2021, 12:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another lady died this morning. Please let us pray for our territory
  • Be Observant (14/07/2021, 12:09) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    POLITICIANS WANT THE PEOPLE TO LIVE IN FEAR
  • A FEW WISDOM FROM THE WISE (14/07/2021, 12:47) Like (4) Dislike (40) Reply

    BEFORE THE VACCINE WERE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC OUR CASES DID NOT INCREASE WE WERE ABLE TO MANAGE WITHOUT THE VACCINE GETTING INVOLVED TO PLAY WITH PEOPLE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND CAUSES PEOPLE TO GO THROUGH PAIN FIGHTING FOR THEIR LAST NOT KNOWING THE VACCINE IS THE CAUSE AND THE EFFECT LEADS TO A LIFE LOSS!!! YOU GUYS NEED TO READ THE LABEL ON THESE VACCINES AND TELL PEOPLE WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS!?!?!?...ME AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE SAME MEDICALS/CONDITION SO HOW CAN YOU TELL IF THIS PRODUCT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ME!?!?!?!?!? ARE YOU TELLING ME YOU CREATED ME AND KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON IN MY BODY!?!?!? ARE YOU GUYS INSANE!!!! O M G SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IS VERY STRANGE ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN NOT TELL ME WHAT IT IS MADE UP OF SHAME ON YOU LEADERS AND Y'ALL TAILS FOR SPREADING LIES AND RUMORS ABOUT THESE VACCINES...SCIENTISTS,PASTOR,MOTHER/FATHER CAN NOT SAVE YOU THAT'S THE CREATOR JOB HE ENTITLED TO DO THAT NO ONE ELSE SO IF YOU GUYS OUT HERE PLAYING AROUND AND MAKING JOKES ABOUT THE CREATOR THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS MATTER Y'ALL PLAYING WITH FIRE LIKE REALLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE WHERE IS THE LOVE FOR HIM!?!?!? HE CREATED YOU AND GIVE YOU LIFE AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS GIVE HIM IN RETURN!?!?!? YOU GUYS ARE ACTUALLY WORKING FOR THE devil AND YOU TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED!?!?!? EVERYTHING IN LIFE COMES WITH A CONSEQUENCE YOU NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF HOW SERIOUS THINGS COULD BE!!! SHOW LOVE TO HIS PEOPLE I PRAY Y'ALL WICKED MINDSETS ADJUST AND WE ALL COME TOGETHER ONE LOVE, UNITY AND PEACE IN THE LORDS NAME...AMEN #JAH GUIDE US ALL LEAD US TO THE RIGHT PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS!!!

    • Unbelievable (14/07/2021, 16:48) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      @ a few wisdom from the wise… individuals like you are the problem!!! Stupidity knows no bounds
    • Only One thing (14/07/2021, 19:28) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      you got right.
      EVERYTHING IN LIFE COMES WITH A CONSEQUENCE YOU NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF HOW SERIOUS THINGS COULD BE!!!

      Make decisions based on facts and science
  • Lillian (14/07/2021, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow a good guy and and a humanity thu my condolences to his famly was my friend wow god may have you rest in piece!
  • Valley (14/07/2021, 13:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to his family, friends and his co-works. RIP
  • M (14/07/2021, 13:51) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    All we have to do is to stop saying about who vaccination and who do not vaccination d beauty about the hole thing we as human being need to learn to procted our country family and most all our self all we have to do in this trying time is to humble pray seek d face of God them he will heal our land
  • Hmmmm (14/07/2021, 15:25) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    WHATEVER YOU COMMENT HERE,

    THE TRUTH IS

    ALL THE 5 DEATHS ARE UNVACCINATED.
  • Sailor (14/07/2021, 15:27) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    NOAH’s ARK JUST LEFT THE DOCK.

    And you are still laughing and not believing that God made humans to have brains to be used for Science advancement.

    Vaccinate, it truly saves lives.
  • pray (14/07/2021, 16:04) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I really hope no one else has to suffer and die while our leaders are fasting and praying.
    • @pray (14/07/2021, 20:12) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Our leaders are vaccinated. They can relax and pray as they are protected from Covid. What about you?
  • Tim (14/07/2021, 19:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    To all those ‘get vaccinated’ - is there vaccination to take?

    At this rate, herd immunity will be first …. 1300 cases are about 10% growth in immunity (once they fully recovered)…
  • Cndls (14/07/2021, 20:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to the family & friends.

    What I don’t understand is why there is no treatment up to this date while the preventative vaccine is all they whip up & sell besides a ventilator which doesn’t seem effective at all as a treatment. No information on breakthrough treatments, effective herbs or mitigation besides a vaccine.

    At the start of it there was information coming out left and right concerning mitigating factors and experimental treatments now silence except for information about the vaccines.

    It’s a failure of medical logic because even among the vaccinated persons have required hospitalization.


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