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USVI records 1st breakthrough COVID-19 death

- as resident fully vaccinated against virus dies of COVID-19-related complications
The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health on Monday, September 13, 2021, announced that a USVI resident who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 died of complications related to the virus last week, the first such breakthrough case in the territory. Photo: VIC
The Covid death of a fully vaccinated, hospitalised resident was announced by Territorial Epidemiologist Dr Esther Ellis. Photo: St Croix Source
The Covid death of a fully vaccinated, hospitalised resident was announced by Territorial Epidemiologist Dr Esther Ellis. Photo: St Croix Source
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FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health on Monday, September 13, 2021, announced that a USVI resident who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 died of complications related to the virus last week, the first such breakthrough case in the territory.

The Covid death of a fully vaccinated, hospitalised resident was announced by Territorial Epidemiologist Dr Esther Ellis. The death occurred last week, according to Dr Ellis. She did not say which island or whether the victim had underlying conditions, citing HIPAA law. 

"This is a reminder that the vaccine was developed to lower the risk of transmission and to lower the risk of hospitalisation and death, which is what it does," Dr Ellis stated. She encouraged residents who have taken only one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to get the second shot, stating that persons who are not fully vaccinated are “significantly less protected with partial vaccination.”

On Friday, September 10, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published research that found that people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 were 4.6 times likelier to get infected, 10 times more likely to be hospitalised, and 11 times more likely to die from the virus.

The results are from three CDC studies conducted as the Delta variant became the dominant strain of the virus in the country. In the studies, the CDC examined outcomes among patients who visited medical facilities' urgent care departments, emergency rooms as well as veterans' hospitals.

Patients in five Veterans Affairs Medical Centers were tracked between February 1 through August 6, 2021, in one study. Another study followed 600,000 positive cases in 13 states and large cities during the spring and summer times. The third study followed 33,000 COVID-19 patients in nine states who visited hospitals, emergency departments and urgent care centers.

90% hospitalisations are unvaccinated

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a press briefing, “We are seeing more people in the hospital who have been vaccinated, but I want to reiterate that it’s still well over 90 percent of the people who are in the hospital who are unvaccinated."

The study that tracked the five VA Medical Centers found that mRNA vaccines were 87 percent effective at preventing Covid-19 linked to hospitalization (this includes during the Delta surge). Effectiveness for patients over 65 years old dropped to 80 percent, the study also found. For younger patients, the vaccines were 95 percent effective.

The study tracking the 600,000 cases during spring and summer found that there was a slight decline in vaccine effectiveness beginning mid-June, around the time the Delta variant became the dominant Covid strain in the US.

The study that tracked the 33,000 Covid patients found that the vaccines’ protection against hospitalisation held at 86 percent in the Delta period, which was close in comparison to periods preceding Delta's dominance. Even so, vaccine effectiveness in persons above 75 years old waned, according to the study.

The Biden administration points to the growing body of data suggesting that vaccination remains the best way to not only protect against the virus, but to usher the US back to normalcy. Mr Biden on Thursday announced sweeping requirements that include mandatory vaccination for federal employees, and mandatory vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing at private firms with more than 100 employees. Those who flout the order could face up to $14,000 in fines per violation.

12 Responses to “USVI records 1st breakthrough COVID-19 death”

  • Fam (13/09/2021, 20:07) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like the honesty
  • Peaches (13/09/2021, 21:06) Like (24) Dislike (29) Reply
    Hmmm.. Still pushing the narrative that the majority of the hospitalizations are unvaccinated. Set ah liars!! God will judge!!!
    • @PEACHES (14/09/2021, 07:58) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
      Please substantiate your statement, otherwise your comment is just an uninformed opinion.
  • Scary (13/09/2021, 21:59) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    yo cant stop death
  • Well Well (13/09/2021, 22:03) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
    As was said by a doctor the vaccine was the ‘savior’. It is sad to learn the death of the fully vaccinated deceased. May they Rest In Peace. The unvaccinated have been scorned and call all sorts of horrible name but God don’t like wickedness. The truth coming out daily.
  • Oldnews (13/09/2021, 22:44) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    This going on so long and only now y'all learning vaccinated people dieing, wellsah. Is who vip have as contacts on their WhatsApp buddy.
  • Norris Turnbull (13/09/2021, 23:17) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    The death occurred last week, according to Dr Ellis. She did not say which island or whether the victim had underlying conditions, citing HIPAA law. Hiding behind the LAW Huh. Seize the time.
  • Rubber Duck (14/09/2021, 09:15) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    According to the latest UK figures that agree with the US figures you are 200 times more likely to die if unvaccinated …

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9911119/Just-one-200-Covid-deaths-half-2021-occurred-fully-vaccinated.html


  • faith (14/09/2021, 09:42) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    Covid19 is not the only cause of death in this era. People have been and still are dying of other medical causes, including natural deaths of the elderly. Stop playing this stupid game of vax vs. non-vac. We all will die one day. We don't know when nor how.
  • I'm TRANSVACCINATED (14/09/2021, 11:06) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    More to come! You all got the government convincing you all that the jab saves lives LOL fools! Life style changes like diet and physical fitness save lives.
  • Windy (14/09/2021, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get over it. Go out and wreck a scooter
  • home boy (14/09/2021, 12:12) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come on people you are going to die, you think because you are vaccinated you are going to live forever, all of us will die one day,vaccinated or not,that is the circle of life.


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