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68-year-old woman from St Croix latest COVID-19 death in USVI

A 68-year-old woman from St Croix is the latest COVID-19 death in the US Virgin Islands. Photo: VIC

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday morning, September 8, 2020, confirmed the 18th COVID-19 related death in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

The victim was a 68-year-old woman from St Croix, DoH confirmed.

Information relative to when the victim passed; whether she was at the hospital when she died; and whether she was on a ventilator, was not provided by the department. However, DoH said further details would be provided at 1:00 pm during Governor Albert A. Bryan's COVID-19 update.

COVID-19 six times more lethal than regular cold

COVID-19 is about six times more lethal than the regular cold, according to data collected by researchers. The virus is much less lethal than two similar contagions. For example, SARS-CoV, the first SARS outbreak which occurred in 2003, has a fatality rate of 9.6 percent, and the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, or MERS — first reported in 2012 — has a fatality rate of 34 percent. According to data collected over the years, the difference with the aforementioned two viruses is that they are harder to spread.

COVID-19 on the other hand, while less lethal than SARS-CoV and MERS, is transmitted much easier. To date, the contagion has infected over 27 million people worldwide and killed nearly 900,000.

Another dangerous trait of COVID-19 is the severe side effects it causes in roughly 20 percent of the individuals who contract it, according to David Hui, a respiratory disease expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (via Wall Street Journal). 

Mr Hui told WSJ that COVID-19 is “mild, until it decides to become nasty.”

When the virus was first encountered by doctors, it was diagnosed by looking for symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever and a cough. But as more data became available, the broad scope of side effects started to unfold: COVID-19's complications range far and wide, mystifying researchers.

Easing of restrictions

Mr Bryan has announced that he will ease restrictions and allow non-essential businesses to reopen today, as part of the administration's second attempt at the Safer-at-Home phase of reopening. Mr Bryan said restaurants will also be allowed to accept dine-in guests, and the territory's lodging facilities will be allowed to start accepting reservations on September 12, 2020, for leisure guest arrivals beginning September 18, 2020.

The governor's latest action comes against the backdrop of 40 COVID-19 cases between Friday and Sunday. Earlier last week, the territory had realised a notable decrease in cases, and DoH on Monday reported only one COVID-19 infection — another encouraging indicator that measures taken under the Stay-at-Home order were producing positive results — though only 24 individuals were tested.

The USVI Department of Health said it was monitoring as of Monday 103 active cases: 17 on St Croix, 7 on St John and 79 on St Thomas. The department said of the total 1,191 individuals who tested positive for the virus, 1,070 had recovered as of Monday.

6 Responses to “68-year-old woman from St Croix latest COVID-19 death in USVI”

  • ... (08/09/2020, 17:43) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    so sad
  • Living With A Virus (08/09/2020, 18:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Gov Bryan I salute you and your team for producing a management plan for living with this virus. Yes there will be cases and maybe a few deaths but your team has done a great job at striking a balance and keeping your economy functioning. I only hope we here in the BVI can figure it out before its too late.
  • @Living With A Virus (08/09/2020, 19:26) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    The USVI’s population is many times larger than the BVI’s and you need to let the people from the USVI speak for themselves as they are suffering financially just like the BVI and most places in the world. The BVI Government is doing a fantastic job and I am sure it is very frustrating for them knowing they are trying their best to keep the people safe and some are being idiots and contributing to the spread of the virus. Praying for everyone. May we all see brighter and safer days.
  • Poor Covid (09/09/2020, 03:21) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Every death now is Covid, Covid is now the only illness people have and die from....CDC put out a report a few weeks ago stating that is only 6% of all the reported covid death ore actually covid death ....Not hearing the news mentioning that, they all involved in the cover up, the lies and the fear, thats how they make their money....We all kno, its all about the money. Not the truth or the people.. the money comes first...
  • Ghost (09/09/2020, 07:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    @ poor covid for you keep spreading this propaganda about the CDC.
    CDC Did Not ‘Admit Only 6%’ of Recorded Deaths from COVID-19
    By Saranac Hale Spencer

    Posted on September 1, 2020 | Updated on September 2, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t drastically reduced the number of deaths attributable to COVID-19, but posts making that bogus claim have been circulating widely — with the help of President Donald Trump, who retweeted one such claim on Aug. 30.

    Twitter has since removed the original tweet, which came from an account dedicated to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon. But the claim is still readily available on all the major social media platforms. In fact, the same QAnon account that posted the now-deleted tweet includes a screenshot version featuring the president’s retweet.
  • Lilly (09/09/2020, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Regardless of Covid 19 or not, something is causing the deaths of so many people in such a short space of time. If it is not Covid then tell us what it is so that we can stop blaming Covid otherwise we have no other recourse to think that it is Covid.

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