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Hospitalisations increase as COVID-19 surge tops 1,246 cases in USVI

- 953 active cases recorded on St Thomas; Persons urged to wear mask in public
The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, reported 1,246 active COVID-19 cases, numbers not seen since late December 2021 and early January when the Omicron wave first impacted the US Virgin Islands. Photo: VIC
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FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, reported 1,246 active COVID-19 cases, numbers not seen since late December 2021 and early January when the Omicron wave first impacted the US Virgin Islands.

Health officials have confirmed the presence of the BA.2 Omicron subvariant in the territory, which is known to be more contagious than the already highly transmissible original Omicron strain. 

On Monday, Deputy Health Commissioner Reuben Molloy said the latest surge is a result of [US] VI Carnival activities in St Thomas, which occurred late April and included thousands of locals and visitors alike participating in several festivities, among them jouvert morning, the Carnival Parade and Carnival Village activities.

953 active infections on STT

Of the 1,246 active COVID-19 infections, 953 were reported in St Thomas followed by 277 on St Croix, and 16 on St John, according to DoH data. The territory's positivity rate climbed to 13.06 percent. The Schneider Regional Medical Center reported ten Covid-19 infections, including four hemodialysis patients and six in-house patients. The Juan F. Luis Hospital hasn't updated its Covid data on social media for sometime now, but according to Mr Molloy, there were 11 total patients hospitalised territory-wide as of Monday.

"The Dept. of Health expected the numbers to rise as a result of the close knit carnival festivities. So while we're not happy with the rise in the number of infections we're seeing, we're not surprised," Mr. Molloy said Monday during the administration's weekly press briefing. "For this reason I'm asking everyone who has symptoms to isolate immediately and get tested as soon as possible."

The deputy health commissioner reminded the public that regardless of one's vaccination status, or whether Covid symptoms are being experienced, "if you are infected with COVID-19 you can spread the virus to others. Please think of all the vulnerable people in our community: the elderly, the immunocompromised, the immunosuppressed and those too young to get vaccinated. That's why I'm asking everyone to double down and take all the precautions as we navigate this period," he said.

Mr Molloy added, "If we all do our part we can bring the numbers down. Wear your mask in public."

4 Responses to “Hospitalisations increase as COVID-19 surge tops 1,246 cases in USVI”

  • rock city (13/05/2022, 18:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh gosh
  • Lily Ann (13/05/2022, 18:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    More sacrifices I see !!!! I told yall those Covid deaths was sacrifices !!!
  • Rubber Duck (13/05/2022, 22:45) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its now a cold.

    Move on, stop the testing non sense, open the country.

  • VG WEAT& VG FAX (14/05/2022, 06:31) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    WHEN YOU ALL WAS SAYING ( LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED ) ???? ???? ???? THIS IS THE AFTER EFFECTS OF ALL THAT FESTIVITIES / LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WAS EXPOSED ,WHAT WERE YOU ALL SMOKING ????AND DRINKING ???? ❓ ????


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