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Active COVID-19 cases drop to 1596, 13 total deaths reported

Current active COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands (VI) have dropped to 1,596 as of 7:00 pm on July 16, 2021, from 1,602 earlier the same day. Photo: VINO/File
These stats were broken down by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges during a COVID-19 update last evening, July 16, 2021, broadcasted live on the Facebook page of the Government of the VI. Photo: GIS/Facebook
These stats were broken down by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges during a COVID-19 update last evening, July 16, 2021, broadcasted live on the Facebook page of the Government of the VI. Photo: GIS/Facebook
To date, the territory has detected 2024 total COVID-19 cases with 420 recoveries and 12 deaths. In addition, some 24,647 persons have received the COVID-19 vaccines with 14,208 receiving the first dose and 10,439 receiving both doses. Photo: GIS
To date, the territory has detected 2024 total COVID-19 cases with 420 recoveries and 12 deaths. In addition, some 24,647 persons have received the COVID-19 vaccines with 14,208 receiving the first dose and 10,439 receiving both doses. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Current active COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands (VI) as of July 16, 2021, have dropped to 1,596 from the previous 1,602 however, there are now 13 total reported deaths, up from the 8 reported on July 15, 2021, according to the latest information.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) made the announcement during a COVID-19 update last evening, July 16, 2021, that the pandemic has claimed 13 lives in the VI thus far, with 12 in 2021 and 1 in 2020. 

These stats were further broken down by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges during the COVID-19 update broadcasted live on the Facebook page of the Government of the VI.

According to Dr Georges, the drop in total cases came as a result of the number of new positive cases dropping off, as well as the active caseload leveling off in the territory.

First dip in active cases since outbreak 

“Today was the first day where we saw a dip in active cases and those of you would have been following the number would have seen that we went from 1,602 active cases to 1,596 active cases,” he said during the update.

The new lower active caseload came as a result of 35 recoveries and 34 new cases with a few 'unfortunate deaths' he said.

Dr Georges also indicated that the large majority of the cases remain asymptomatic where the persons infected are under quarantine or in isolation, with more projected fall in new cases predicted for the next coming weeks.

1 out of 27 hospitalised is vaccinated

Meanwhile, of the 27 persons currently hospitalised with the virus in the territory, only one out of the group is vaccinated. 

To date, the territory has detected 2024 total COVID-19 cases with 420 recoveries and 13 deaths. In addition, some 24,647 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered with 14,208 receiving the first dose with 10,439 receiving both doses. 

55 Responses to “Active COVID-19 cases drop to 1596, 13 total deaths reported ”

  • God of Creation, love, mercy, truth, and grace, thank You for the decreased in covid-19 (17/07/2021, 07:12) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Little is much, when You approves it.
    • Is that so? (17/07/2021, 08:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Why is the Health Ministry so confusing with these released stats? on the Government's Facebook page, they still posted 12 deaths even after the premier said 13.
    • It will get better. (17/07/2021, 08:40) Like (8) Dislike (29) Reply
      The unvaccinated will die, and then we can move on!
  • bvi (17/07/2021, 07:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Das a good look
  • unvaccinated (17/07/2021, 07:35) Like (21) Dislike (49) Reply
    Only unvaccinated died. God killing off the stupid one by one.
    • @unvaccinated (17/07/2021, 08:51) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      Darwin's Law of Natural Selection... not god... body count is too low for him to be involved. He will turn up next week when it's 5 a day.
  • Doctor Know (17/07/2021, 07:44) Like (33) Dislike (13) Reply
    All the deaths were unvaccinated. All the people in the hospital are unvaccinated.

    Does that tell you something?
  • Unvaxx (17/07/2021, 07:51) Like (18) Dislike (18) Reply
    So how come the 1 vaccinated person still hospitalized so long?
    • duh (17/07/2021, 08:21) Like (29) Dislike (12) Reply
      Because they were not hospitalized FOR covid, they were hospitalized for another medical condition, just like the one in obstetrics or psych, and happened to test positive on the screening. When their other medical condition is resolved, they will be discharged.
      • Interestingly enough (17/07/2021, 09:09) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
        That should be confidential information but somehow you have it...and releasing it
    • 007 (17/07/2021, 08:33) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      According to Ms Smith Malone on last nights web cast ,all the people currently in the hospital al unvaccinated.
    • @unvaxx (17/07/2021, 08:38) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      The person in question was taken to hospital for other reason and found to be positive for covid when they arrived. they didn't go because of covid and won't die because of covid. Hope that helps.
    • @unvaxx (17/07/2021, 10:05) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      I want to put your mind at rest because by just reading your post, it was obvious to me that the Vaccinated person is worrying you so much it is keeping you up at night.
      Don't worry... only the unvaccinated are in trouble... sleep well!
  • In the name of Eilhom (17/07/2021, 07:58) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply
    In the name of Eilom, God of the Diabolotities, God of the Judasas, God of the Sodomities, blessed our BVI and its people, that this evil which has buried this country in death and despair shall be exemplified and and exalted in your wonderful name. Shelah bobolotcha
  • Vaccinated (17/07/2021, 08:03) Like (24) Dislike (15) Reply
    How many deaths do stupid people need to show that Covid 19 kills? They should get the vaccine for those people who cant have it- be the bigger and better person. Treat your neighbour with respect.
    • Shhh! (17/07/2021, 08:35) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
      Quiet m'boy, I want one of the many job openings soon coming on a nice gov office job
    • IGNORANT (17/07/2021, 09:25) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
      Stop looking at those that decided not to vaccinate as "stupid". Sadly your stupid comment says alot about your character. If people decide with their god given body that they do not want to take the vaccine then that is their god given right. Its their body and therefore their choice to make
      • ok (17/07/2021, 11:03) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
        Stupid or suicidal.

        And that is kinda the same thing.
      • ok.. (17/07/2021, 12:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Get your point and respect it.
        Question: If I was infected and were around your parents would you feel the same?
        Seriously... very interested in the answer from that vocal part of you.
  • Lies (17/07/2021, 08:08) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is some b******t, taken my test since Friday 9th July still haven't got my results and ths is common among many. How do you tally the numbers when you don't know the results. Kmt

    • Relax (17/07/2021, 10:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I have had it, it will knock your socks off if you are in that category. You don't need a test result to know you have it to the point of danger and the country is already infected to the max.
      Stay indoors and call an ambulance when you start coughing uncontrollably. If that doesn't happen... your good.
  • Congratulations! (17/07/2021, 08:23) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    We're winning!
    Comparing the statistics of deaths per million population, we just moved ahead of the Dominican Republic, and are at nearly twice the rate of Indonesia, what everyone is calling the current world's worst hotspot.
    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
    • @cogratulations (17/07/2021, 13:59) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I told you we were always going to get the gold! lol
      Thought it was going to be on the other end of this game... but gold is gold! and we ain't going to end it on penalties! LOL
  • Island Peep (17/07/2021, 08:34) Like (19) Dislike (45) Reply
    Active COVID cases recorded are going down because they are not testing so many people. If you are a contact of a positive case, but are vaccinated and show no symptoms, the rule is now that you don't need to be tested. Staying home is also helping, but this little drop in numbers is no victory. GET VACCINATED for the sake of the whole community.
  • Rubber Duck (17/07/2021, 08:39) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    If you stop testing you don’t find the cases. It is vey likely that there are actually more unrecorded cases in the territory than ever.

    The correct figures for vaccinations are that 14,208 have had at least one vaccination of whom 10,439 have had both jabs.

    Let’s hope those figures increase today.

    Get safe . Get vaccinated.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (17/07/2021, 08:47) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    It is indeed sad to hear so many people dying from this COVID-19 disease. This amount of deaths could have been avoided if the people had taken the advice of the Acting Chief Medical officer. I applaud the effort of Dr. Georges. He did an excellent job. All that is needed is for positive response from the people. As in the days of Noah in the bible when he was telling the people to prepare for the flood and they were defiant, so too we find people with all sorts of excuses not to take the vaccine. Now we are seeing people dying like never seen before. What other evidence do we need to take the vaccine. I have taken the vaccines and thanks be to God I am feeling good without any side effects.

    I want to appeal to every unvaccinated persons to consult with their doctors before making a decision to take the vaccine or not. Please don't make a decision without consultation of the side effects. However, before you take the vaccine, you should ensure that you don't neglect your nutrition. The virus strives well in persons who have underlying conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions result from your nutrition or hereditary traits.
  • lodger (17/07/2021, 09:00) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    We need to hear from the relatives nof the unvaccinated dead.
    • Doctor Know (17/07/2021, 09:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Two of yesterday’s victims were 31 and 36. That is shocking. According to the hospital all the victims were obese or morbidly obese. If you are overweight it is as dangerous as being very old as far as Covid is concerned.

      If you are overweight get vaccinated now.
    • @lodger (17/07/2021, 10:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Great idea... those dead won't shut up! and their grieving families won't stop crying!
  • WOW (17/07/2021, 09:08) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The good news is the number of hospitalized is going down
    The bad news is that 25% of those are getting out of hospital with a sheet over their face
    • @wow (17/07/2021, 10:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The numbers they are showing at the current rate, 36 people will die in the next 4 weeks if we don't catch another case.
      Bet your life that we are about to catch another body though.

      u/o 36 1/2 but my advice is to take the over. bet24/7 is running a book.
  • Lets face it... (17/07/2021, 09:22) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one is listening... Thursday I knew a bunch of people wanting to get vaxxed. Now none will because they believe the vaccinations are out of date.
    I am done... people are about to lose their jobs and then their lives. I don't have the right nor will I impose a mandatory vaccination protocol... but the people I work for have every right to not want possibly toxic people working on their property in the most toxic country on the planet right now. That is their right, it works both ways.
    Everyone has rights... but not everyone has a job come Monday. It's a personal choice... Just ask Bishop Cline SMFH.
  • shut up already (17/07/2021, 09:28) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Can yall please quit forcing people to do things they obviously do not want to do. You think they dont know that covid 19 kills? thats the risk they are willing to take by not vaccinating....
    • @Stutup already (17/07/2021, 11:44) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree... no one should be forced! I am sorry you feel that way, but I respect your opinion so much I won't even visit... Oh that's right.. I can't visit... you die alone gasping for breath in a closed enviroment and just become a number on this papers next article. I won't even know your name apart from +1.
  • WTF! (17/07/2021, 09:43) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    "...dropped to 1,596 from the previous 1,602 however, there are now 13 total reported deaths..."
    So doing the math that means 36 more unvaccinated people are going to die if we don't get another case??? Average family = 6 or 60 x 36 = a lot of sad family members.
    Time to extend the fasting and praying!
    ps. Can you short a country? Asking for a friend.
  • Informed (17/07/2021, 10:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    From the Stats the release from the Government shows that the case count has dropped only as the number of deaths not recoverys. This is miss leading. is showing closed cases 2% fatality. But from the outset critical cases were at 5% but this is now .7% critical. This is the result to the vaccination. It important to understand the stastics when releasing information good or bad.
  • Vincy in East End (17/07/2021, 10:03) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Like Skinny Fabulous said in his jingle " let's Vaccinate, don't procrastinate ".
    Come on my people the life you save might be your very own.
    Sad to say but we didn't have to get to this state.
    I dread the death toll for tge next coming weeks, there's still lots more who refused to take the jab and also take the test.
  • if (17/07/2021, 10:10) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    If we were all vaccinated when the vaccines were given to us, the only things we’d be counting is visitors and economic recovery.
    • Exactly (17/07/2021, 11:56) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      A missed opportunity due to stubborn ignorance. Look at Gibraltar, fully vaxed and open and happy. Sadly, stupid ideas and conspiracies spread faster than covid in BVI. SMH
  • Good News!!! (17/07/2021, 11:03) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    One of my men just got vaxxed. He just walked in here with the biggest smile on his face. Not because he was happy, it was because he faced his fear and realized all that stuff was for nothing.
    We come from many different countries with many different cultural views. I am so happy for him.

    There is nothing better in life than watching a man defeat his fear.
    • Now 3 men! (17/07/2021, 11:48) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      and they are all drinking greenies laughing at themselves for listening to the wrong people.
      • listening tells you more than talking (17/07/2021, 13:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Life gets even sweeter sound than listening to the laughter. Especially when that laughter comes from relief!
  • delta (17/07/2021, 13:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Imagine ppl wishing for unvaxxers to dead hmm wow
  • wow (17/07/2021, 13:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of course it dropped. You all stop testing to keep the numbers down. Some of the active cases dying rapidly. Some ain’t going to get tested even though they know they have it, home sick and suffering. Instead of continuing to push testing to control the spread and contact tracing. You pushing vaccine, which is still a personal choice. Vaccinated CAN still get and spread this virus. We need to continue more testing in conjunction with your vaccine push. One goes with the other.

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