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USVI’s 1st COVID-19 death was 85-yr-old STT man

- US territory closes all beaches to prevent community spread
As of Monday morning, April 7, 2020, the USVI’s confirmed cases stood at 42, 12 on St Croix, 28 on St Thomas, and two on St John. Photo: VINO/File
US Virgin Islands’ Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr said while most have done ‘good’ as a community in following the Department of Health and CDC guidance to help contain the spread of the virus, there are still some who are not taking it seriously enough. Photo: vi.gov
US Virgin Islands’ Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr said while most have done ‘good’ as a community in following the Department of Health and CDC guidance to help contain the spread of the virus, there are still some who are not taking it seriously enough. Photo: vi.gov
In an attempt at curbing the COVID-19 virus and discouraging some residents from ignoring the stay-at-home order, all beaches in the US Virgin Islands are closed effective immediately, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr announced Monday, April 6, 2020. Photo: VIC
In an attempt at curbing the COVID-19 virus and discouraging some residents from ignoring the stay-at-home order, all beaches in the US Virgin Islands are closed effective immediately, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr announced Monday, April 6, 2020. Photo: VIC
CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has released more information regarding the first person in the USVI to succumb to COVID-19 disease.

He’s identified as an 85-year-old St Thomas resident, with underlying medical conditions.

According to the DOH in a press release on Monday, April 6, 2020, the elderly man unknowingly came into contact with a person who had a confirmed case of COVID-19, after traveling to the island from Anguilla.

He was not hospitalised at the time of his death and died at home, the press release stated.

“The US Virgin Islands Department of Health says it’s deeply saddened to announce confirmation of the Territory’s first confirmed COVID-19 death,” the press release continued.

As of Monday morning, April 7, 2020, the USVI’s confirmed cases stood at 42, 12 on St Croix, 28 on St Thomas, and two on St John.

All USVI beaches closed

On the heels of the COVID-19 death, the USVI Government closed all beaches until April 20, 2020.

In an attempt at curbing the COVID-19 virus and discouraging some residents from ignoring the stay-at-home order, the beach closings are effective immediately, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr announced Monday, April 6, 2020.

The Virgin Islands National Guard, police and the Department of Public Works and Natural Resources are enforcing the beach shutdown, the VI Consortium has reported.

“We have a considerable way to go before we reach our peak (cases), which is projected not to be here for another two to three weeks,” Mr Bryan said during Monday’s press briefing at Government House in Christiansted.

Overall, 283 people have been tested for the Coronavirus in the USVI, with 222 testing negative. Twenty test results are still pending.

Despite the escalating number of infections, crowds of people have been hanging out at the Territory’s beaches, as has been evident on social media.

“For the most part, we have done good as a community in following the Department of Health and CDC guidance to help contain the spread of the virus, but we still have some in our community who are not taking this seriously enough,” Governor Bryan said.

10 Responses to “USVI’s 1st COVID-19 death was 85-yr-old STT man”

  • Phone man (07/04/2020, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have to keep on going
  • tretretrete (07/04/2020, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord they blaming this virus for every death now... I heard on the News that men are easy target for this virus and women have something in their make up that fight the virus off..
    • Humf (07/04/2020, 09:28) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      I heard lipstick blocks the radiation from 5G entering into the lungs through your mouth.
    • @hmmm (07/04/2020, 13:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      LMAO, maybe men are easy target fo catch the virus because they can’t seem to stay loyal to their partners that is loyal to them.
  • Don’t die (07/04/2020, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Man gets eaten by lion

    Mainstream news: Man dies of Coronavirus
  • Just saying (07/04/2020, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    In times like these we miss ken mapp
  • JamD (07/04/2020, 09:40) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The man done live his 70 plus 15 additionally. Unu stop blame deh Corona for everything nuh deh man
  • glenn (07/04/2020, 16:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Really? People are all at the beaches. What lock down?
  • hut (08/04/2020, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rub some spunk into your eyes...you'll see the virus coming...or stay ur a%& home y'all to nuff.
  • oh boy (08/04/2020, 21:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Governor put strict preventative measures in place in the USVI to prevent the spread of this these. You all are definitely not doing enough. Stop playing games with people's lives. Pleaser. It is better to be safe that SORRY. Come Governor Bryan


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