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8 COVID-19 related deaths in VI; 2 died today, July 15, 2021

- Deceased are both females; Active cases now @ 1602
The Virgin Islands has now recorded eight (8) COVID-19 related deaths, following the passing away of two females at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital today, July 15, 2021. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has urged the Virgin Islands to continue to pray, adhere to established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, follow curfew orders and get vaccinated. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has urged the Virgin Islands to continue to pray, adhere to established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, follow curfew orders and get vaccinated. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. George has said as of July 14, 2021, there were 1602 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. George has said as of July 14, 2021, there were 1602 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has now recorded eight (8) COVID-19 related deaths, following the passing away of two females at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital today, July 15, 2021.

"The deceased are an 83-year-old female, and a 36-year-old female who were both patients at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital at the time of their passing," the Ministry of Health and Social Development announced via a press release this evening.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) expressed condolences to the families and loved ones on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.

“Expressing condolences to the many bereaved families is getting harder and harder,” he said.

“The road to the other side of this surge will not be without challenges but I remain steadfast in knowing that if we all do our part, we will get through this! Let us continue to pray, adhere to established COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, follow curfew orders and get vaccinated,” Honourable Malone pleaded.

The COVID Hospital Admissions Summary statistics as of July 15 are as follows:

  • 11--persons admitted to ER (3 deaths)
  • 22--persons admitted to the COVID-19 ward (3 deaths)
  • 1--person admitted to Behavioural Health Unit
  • 5--persons admitted to ICU (2 deaths)
  • 1--person admitted to the Obstetric Unit
  • 41--hospital admitted patients all of whom are unvaccinated

1602 active COVID-19 cases

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. George said as of July 14, 2021, there were 1602 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Territory. 

Dr Georges said. “My heart goes out to the families who are affected by the death of a loved one. COVID is real and if we are to get through this, some of us will have to change our approach to this virus. We must continue to strictly adhere to the health and safety protocols and take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated.”

“Given that the BVI is experiencing high community transmission all symptomatic persons should immediately assume that they are COVID positive. Therefore, we need persons to adhere to isolation and quarantine orders,” Dr Georges stated.

Vaccination drive @ Festival Grounds

The unvaccinated members of the community are encouraged to take advantage of the vaccination drive this Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, 2021, on the Festival Grounds in Road Town from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

“The more people we can get vaccinated the less the mortality rates. Persons who are being severely impacted from COVID-19 have preexisting medical conditions. We are making a special appeal to our vulnerable population to get vaccinated today to save your life tomorrow,” Dr Georges said.

The Public Health team is asking the community to have patience as members work assiduously.

Also, if persons have taken a COVID test and did not get their results back, they are asked to fill out the form via the link

64 Responses to “8 COVID-19 related deaths in VI; 2 died today, July 15, 2021”

  • Praying (15/07/2021, 21:07) Like (49) Dislike (10) Reply
    I pray for the family and friends that have lost loved ones.

    Ministers, I ask, how is fasting and praying helping? How many more people have to die?
    • So true (15/07/2021, 22:35) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
      The Bible said "Prayer without works is dead". Prayers, with a pro-active approach, is what will help. We hardly hear from the Premier or Mnister of Health with updates. Remember how often we used to get updates before the crisis we are in now? Also, a total lockdown on the weekend should be considered - from 7 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. We are losing too many lives
      • Jones (16/07/2021, 09:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I think they have put their hands in the air and said too many of the electorate are proving to be Duncey Duncey.
    • @Praying (15/07/2021, 23:44) Like (51) Dislike (147) Reply
      The ministers have done all they can. They kept the place covid-free until we had a solution: the vaccine.

      These deaths are not on the ministers or our government - the deaths are on our local population who failed to get vaccinated despite having every opportunity to do so for the last four months.
      • hmmm (16/07/2021, 08:18) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
        Yes!! They ready to blame the Government. Why not get vaccinated and minimize the current number of deaths. They feel COVID is a joke. The US have 45 States with the new variant killing people daily. The Vaccine don't stop you from getting it from it prevents you from death. People with other serious illnesses might not be able to take the Vaccine but it will extend you life like kemo does to cancer patients.
      • ... (16/07/2021, 10:19) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
        No don’t blame it on unvaccinated. They don’t spontaneously carry the virus, no one does. Fact is we were on the path of giving increased freedom to the vaccinated while acting as if they could never be carriers.
    • Multitask (16/07/2021, 06:24) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      You do know that humans have the ability to multitask right? If the Ministers and people of the VI want to fast and pray, they can do that as well as deal with this current outbreak. When did the government of the VI say that the ONLY plan of action was to simply fast and pray? Fasting and praying isn’t an all day affair. Get it together.
    • ALSO (16/07/2021, 06:29) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      They also gave you the vaccine. Do you have a more effective way to combat the delta variant? Interested in YOUR plan.
    • Pure cross (16/07/2021, 07:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When they're busy taking people's hard earn money for themselves make them dont go fast and pray but every time we fall in a crisis we must go fast and pray. How is that really helping us?????
  • Not suprised (15/07/2021, 21:13) Like (81) Dislike (8) Reply
    As long as we continue to believe this is a hoax, the death toll will rise. For those of you who think it’s a hoax, just pretend that it’s true to save your own life. PLEASE
    • fool (15/07/2021, 21:59) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
      Hoax? you got to he mega dumb
      • @fool (15/07/2021, 22:39) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
        You have given yourself the perfect name since it’s evedent you didn’t comprehend the message. Stay or go back to school please.
        • hmmm (16/07/2021, 08:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          hahahahah, just goes to show how dumb they really are. labelling themselves correctly publicly.
  • observa (15/07/2021, 21:21) Like (36) Dislike (39) Reply
    When are the government going to lock down!! I guess it not too late ! Ppl dropping like flies it’s heartbreaking now!! Lock for at least two weeks better ppl suffer than lose loved ones
    • Simple Things (16/07/2021, 06:09) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      People are going to lose loved ones regardless whether it happens tomorrow, or next year. Covid is going to be around for years to come and those who refuse to get vaccinated will either become immune by being infected or will die. It’s as simple as that.
    • So.. (16/07/2021, 06:33) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      So we lock down for two weeks and the antivaxers go back to business as usual and get infected again? Where does that cycle end? Isn't there a more effective way to fight the disease? Like a vaccine that would prevent hospitalization and death? If we had a vaccine it would really help protect the people and end economic hardship. But wait! We do have a vaccine!
      • Local (16/07/2021, 07:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        @so search and see what is going on in the UK thst have one of the highest vaccination rate , increase in cases among fully vaccinated person increase in death the highest daily death since april , you no why covid not going anywhere because people like you prefer money and want things to go back to normal ,God speaking to us but we want it be like Noah time Sodom time the vaccine is not a savior it might help but it we that have to change
    • Why (16/07/2021, 08:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lockdown makes no sense at this point. The virus is basically all around and so far spread, that locking down will still have people showing up to hospital.
  • wise up (15/07/2021, 21:25) Like (28) Dislike (54) Reply
    Why is government not issuing a total LOCKDOWN?is this a game Goverment playing ?
    • Lucifer (15/07/2021, 21:49) Like (75) Dislike (18) Reply
      A more pertinent question is why are people not getting vaccinated. If enough are vaccinated, herd immunity can take effect and no need for any lockdowns. Cant just keep locking down everytime there is a jump in cases. People are dying because of lack of vaccinations, a lockdown is saving no one at this point
    • So be it (15/07/2021, 21:51) Like (47) Dislike (11) Reply
      Lock down and then what? Keep on locking down because not enough people want to get vaccinated so that we can return to normal? so we continue in a cycle of opening up and locking down again? If this is the way we build the herd immunity that we need so be it.
    • Why (15/07/2021, 22:00) Like (44) Dislike (17) Reply
    • Can't please ayo (15/07/2021, 23:39) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      One time ayo crying open up the place

      All then the govt begging ayo to take the shot. .
      Now it open ayo crying close it.

      I would of leave it open ayo too harden n stubborn
    • Isn't it obvious (16/07/2021, 06:34) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      THEY CANNOT AFFORD IT. But you could vaccinate and save lives. We all have the right to make choices, but we don't get to choose the consequences of those choices. Enjoy!
  • Children vaccine (15/07/2021, 21:34) Like (28) Dislike (13) Reply
    When would the children vaccine come on stream? Vaccinated parents worried about unvaccinated children.
    • Factt (15/07/2021, 21:56) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
      Facttt kids need to be vaccinated tooooo
    • @children vaccine (16/07/2021, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I feel worried about my child too. I wish they would lower the age or bring other vaccines very soon from the US that children are approved to take. In the US children 12 and above are getting vaccinated. Some of us have children that are high risk and need them to have the extra layer of protection that the vaccine provides.
  • Recoveries (15/07/2021, 21:35) Like (41) Dislike (9) Reply

    I’m wondering how many people have recovered since the recent outbreak.
    Should this be included in the breakdown given by the Ministry of Health?

  • omg (15/07/2021, 21:35) Like (30) Dislike (3) Reply
    Condolences to all.

    Much respect to those who make it out to the Festival Grounds in the coming days.

    Thank you to everyone involved. Stay V.I. strong.
  • Local (15/07/2021, 21:38) Like (17) Dislike (40) Reply
    Please help me to understand what you the government and also the governor is waiting for to shut down the country at least for two weeks. We only have eight ventilators in our hospital which there no excuse for why so few after we had a chance to see what's going on around the world. Are we waiting for the point where we choose who live on them and who die???? Can't we see that bigger places all around the world who had fewer cases of this highly contagious delta variant close down in order to save lives and get it under control????. Yes we should admit we screwed up with the stimulas money and left the place broke but are we willing to sacrifice lives over the impact of shutting down for a few weeks and in the end when too many deaths are counted we still have to Shut down??????
    • dude (15/07/2021, 22:12) Like (46) Dislike (5) Reply
      Was the last lock down supported? Were vaccines provided to the public? Did we cry about wanting to be open to make $$$? ok then, we got what we wanted now we got to deal with it. The safety protocols remain the same. This is on we the people not anyone else and we can fix it if we do what we know works.
    • long term (16/07/2021, 06:16) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      A lockdown will do absolutely nothing in the long term! The same people who are going to die in the days to come will simply die later on when we open back up as long as they refuse to get vaccinated.
    • Another solution (16/07/2021, 06:38) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      Very simple solution still available. Vaccinate. The people who have decided not to vaccinate, are potentially removing themselves from the living world. While I do not agree with their choice, I respect their right to make it. Stop working yourself up about their decision to risk death. Life goes on, even without them.
    • @ Local. Ur Civil servant. Go to work (16/07/2021, 06:39) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
      3 Things cause this. 1/ Locking down the Country, forcing people to smuggld in illegally....2/ Refusing Britain War Ship border control with the best radar system in the world, for a useless Barge....3/ The useless task force, When businesses are saying they havent seen task force members for over 6 months so just start showing up now this surge.....Get real..
  • Lockdown!! (15/07/2021, 21:43) Like (53) Dislike (13) Reply
    What is a lockdown going to solve at this time.
    The damage is already done. Government must always do something and there are persons who are not listening to the protocols in place.
    People will still do what they want Lock down or not.
    • People R locking themselves down (16/07/2021, 06:45) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is so scarey. The streets are empty, the businesses are empty, people are now doing the right thing, staying at home and following protocols..
  • Night Owl (15/07/2021, 21:52) Like (33) Dislike (12) Reply
    I have seen grim days ahead for the BVI. Unfortunately many more is going to die of Covid virus. Especially some locals who works for the government and think they're smarter than Science.
  • …. (15/07/2021, 21:57) Like (66) Dislike (7) Reply
    To the people asking for lockdowns, you can take the initiative on your own to stay home. No one is forcing you to leave your house. Lock down yourselves.
  • @LockDown (15/07/2021, 22:01) Like (40) Dislike (6) Reply
    It’s all for naught if people don’t get themselves and their families and their friends vaccinated against Covid 19.
  • tarzan (15/07/2021, 22:01) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    We are officially out of the WOODS and have now entered the JUNGLE.
    • @tarzan (16/07/2021, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh boy condolences and respect but now is that time to crack a smile. We’re given life to enjoy give thanks until the last breath.

  • Really (15/07/2021, 22:18) Like (63) Dislike (18) Reply
    they had the chance to vaccinate since February, they chose not to and now they are dead and the hospital is overwhelmed , why should the NHI pay for soething that was preventable for free. Premier even said and warned that he had done everything he could and let the cards fall where they may and now we see its the unvaccinated that are bringing the country down with all thier hoaxes and false news headlines. Now they want to shut for 2 weeks? What happens after 2 weeks, do we keep closing and become a 3rd world country because people can't behave and take a vaccine that more than 2 bikllion people worldwide have taken. BVI will die if we lockdown everytime somebody poison the mind of the people with false information. If you can take the vaccine , take it to save lives
  • CHAK. (15/07/2021, 22:45) Like (4) Dislike (20) Reply
    Lockdown the place for at least 2 week, that will help to slow down the covid transmission.
    • Medical Guidance (16/07/2021, 07:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, it will help to slow down transmission. Then we open back up again and the cycle repeats. People need to heed the medical guidance and do what is required to get us back to some kind of normal.
      • @Medical Guidance (16/07/2021, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply’s the thing that Best protects the folks in the community who have pre-existing conditions, weakened immune systems (from things like cancer, autoimmune disorders) and it also protects ourselves by assisting our bodies to build antibodies fight the Covid virus. And it will relieve the stress on the hospital system and personnel who, as a small community hospital, are currently face a full-out expanding medical catastrophe.
        DO YOUR PART (Please!!) Get Vaccinated - twice!!
  • Lord have mercy (15/07/2021, 22:45) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    1/ This is Sad and heart broken...2/ I wonder if they kno how to use the ventalators....3/ These are not recently infected, These people had to be infected for a while.....4/ The cold and contaminated hospital with inexperience medical staff aint helping... 5/ Get Vaxinated safe your own life and the life of others, U dont want to end up at Peebles because your chances will become slim...6/ Lord have mercy on us, Keep their family and love ones comforted...... This hurts.
    • Volunteer (16/07/2021, 07:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Since you clearly are a medical expert and can do better, take yourself down there and implement your treatment plan. Oh that’s right you are a keyboard coward and really cannot contribute in a meaningful way. Carry on with your loud, useless, clanging. Empty vessel.
  • wise up (15/07/2021, 23:36) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
  • God of Creation, love, mercy, truth, and grace, we have sin, and refused by large to repent. (16/07/2021, 00:47) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I humble approach you on your holy thone, asking your forgiveness for my own sins committed against you and also for the sins of the people. After msny years of warnimg we have failed go amend our ways, but instead ignored. Lord, we deserved not your mercy, but their is no other than you who is able, merciful and compassionate. We were all born as sinners, and are pruned to sin. You have offered us your plan salvation, by large we regected your righteous plan, but have gaven preference to the wicked plans of our adverssry own.
    We are in urgent need of your deliverance the evil effects of covid-19. Please Father, give the knowledge, the wisdom, and the will to do tbe things thst is pleasing in your sight. For too long we have have strayed far from your strong arms of protection, favoring material things to satisfy the lust of the flesh.
    In these times of hardships, we lack the faith to act wisely. You have given us everything the we need, but by large we havd fail to trust and your wise leadership.
    You are our only source of life, and our only burden bearer. Please holy Father, relieve us of this hardship of suffering, that is devastatng our community, and causimg us almost unbearable pains. Lord God, the Devine One whose mind is perfect, whose ears stays open, whose eyes sees all the good and the evil, whose love for us connot be measure by the limitation of our finite mind, You know how frail are. Without You we cannot continue to living, and without You we cannot afford to die. It will be that because of willful negligence, and faithlessness in You more among will succumb to this deadly decease. Teach us to amend our selfish ways? and applied our hearts to wisdom, forsaking ignorance, arrogance, help the evil way.
    May our leaders and our community chose to follow Your lead, so that You will be please to heal us in our mind, our body, and soul. Amen.

  • (16/07/2021, 02:26) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    I just love to read this kind of NEWS more people will drop like flies so let me enjoy
  • business is business (16/07/2021, 03:03) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    club life is hazardous to BVI Health it is one of the few companies in the territory were one disregard the wearing of mask: we going out to drink therefore what mask: after a night of socialising home we go to innocent family members
  • resident (16/07/2021, 05:52) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think it’s too late for a lockdown to be effective for the society as a whole. The virus is everywhere now. All we can do is protect ourselves at an individual level by following the protocols and getting vaccinated.
  • Sad (16/07/2021, 06:11) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is really sad. The division of the country. The lack of empathy towards persons who are fearful to take this vaccine, for those who were advised they should not take any vaccine and for the children who are not eligible to be given this vaccine. People have choices you say? Persons can choose to vaccinate or what?? Lose their job? Be exposed daily to persons in the community who know they have it but because Government took the stance of ' testing is less important and no more contact tracing' the spiteful ones who are nothing less than 'attempted murderers ( esp those who are deliberately not doing the protocols) are out and about in stores, using public transportation and other things. God is watching.

    Hon. Premier, and Hon. Malone, act now please. Before all of the critocal front liners who are not vaccinated ( and probably even the vaccinated ones)become compromised and by extension the country. This gamble will not result in victory sad to say.

    More options should have been brought here. At least moderna. England has that. And those in the 30 s and 40s who took astrazeneca were given moderna as the 2nd shot.

  • Locking down the country is what cause this.. (16/07/2021, 06:34) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ive been saying since Early 2920 that locking down the country shutting people out shutting the economy down wasnt a good stategy..What that does is encourage people with interest here finding away to get here, smuggling in was that way,, The country and borders were suppose to stay open, As it is now, Allow people to come in legally, bring their negative test, get tested upon arrival, do their quarantine get tested after,. Adhere to protocol, get a proper task force to enforce protocols this one aint working, will not work, the selection was bad, bias and political That was a better approach,,..We damn the USVI. Now they have the last laugh,,. We Suffer Job lost, We suffer, hardship, now we are suffering from covid increases and covid deaths. ..This is so painful.... The System failed us. ..The know it at all officials they refused to sit down and listen and take advise from other stake holders...They Did it their way, now they have to take the blame...They enjoy the short time success and the praises,,,.Imagine St Thomas have strict restriction on us...Lol. . They can say, they had it right, they did it right by keeping there country and economy open and we were wrong. The evidence now in favor of their case...
  • CJ (16/07/2021, 06:49) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    The other day y'all lock down for 30 something people and now we got all most 2000 active cases.. give people 3 or 4 day to get food supplies and do a lock down for 2 weeks
    • @CJ (16/07/2021, 10:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      We have over 1600 active cases.... really, with those not tested, more like 5000.... and you think it would be correct to have everyone crowd together to try and get supplies for a 2 week lockdown at this time? It would lead to so many more infections and so much more death. A lockdown now would do more harm than good. People need to vaccinate.
  • MY VOICE (16/07/2021, 07:26) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    People Repent, the Plague has began. The warning was sent out, This is the Judgement Day.
  • 3 STOOGES (16/07/2021, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • O-my (16/07/2021, 09:47) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    So last year, with out a vaccine, 20-30 cases, the Government did the right thing and Locked down. It got to 0-zip- nada-zilch-none, right?? ThT was the right thing. Open up. No testing for visitors, or lapse on that. All of a sudden Delta arrived. How it got it? No Quarantine or little if any. BAPS!!!!! All hell broke louse, but you refuse to shutdown to again control the more contagious deadly killer? Again look at the stupidity, shutdown at 20 cases and 1 death, open at 1600 cases and 8 death and counting, while people SHARING VENTILATORS at the hospital, while millions of Dollars was been given a way to none Farmers and none Fishermen. Insane management.
  • bless (16/07/2021, 20:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your medical should be confidential and private if someone dies from aids, cancer, or any other disease, their information should not be broadcast on these news sites, so what makes covid 19 been an addition to other underlying issues be broadcast on this online news site, but why are they so quick to say its covid 19 kill them without a full autopsy indicating all that these individuals had prior to the additional virus. No confidentiality at all in the BVI

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