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VI now seeing 49 COVID cases

- VI community urged to take precautions
The Virgin Islands is now seeing 49 positive cases of COVID-19. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands community has been urged to take precautions due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Photo: Facebook
The Virgin Islands community has been urged to take precautions due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands community is being urged to take precautions following a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the Territory.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges confirmed that there are currently 49 confirmed cases with more cases expected as contact tracing continues.

“The team lead by National Epidemiologist Ms Harmonie Massiah- Brewley is actively engaged in contact tracing and active case finding in the community.  We are encouraging all persons to cooperate with the public health team including being transparent with their contacts, places visited and adhering to the stipulated quarantine protocols,” Dr Georges said in  press releaee from Government Information Services (GIS) on June 30, 2021.

The community is urged to continue to follow established protocols and guidelines for their own protection. These protocols include hand washing and sanitising, wearing masks properly, physically distancing and covering sneezes and coughs regardless of your vaccination status.

“When we do not adhere to these guidelines and protocols we drastically increase our vulnerability to contracting COVID-19, and it is this behavior that has contributed to the current surge,” Dr Georges said.

Vaccination deadline looms

The acting Chief Medical Officer also noted that while there are still a few more days left to get the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, getting vaccinated at this point will not help to reduce this current surge.  

According to Dr Georges, currently, only one third of the population has taken their first dose of the vaccine. “While this is a good start we would need at least 75-85% of the population to be fully vaccinated to give the community a layer of protection from future waves in positive cases.

Being fully vaccinated reduces your chance of becoming sick and lowers the probability of you spreading the virus to others if you contract it. Therefore, we are still encouraging persons to get vaccinated before the deadline of July 3,” Dr Georges said.

Experiencing symptoms?

Persons who develop any symptoms of COVID-19 which include headache, runny nose, nasal congestion, fever, dry cough, muscle aches, vomiting, loss of taste, smell or appetite should immediately contact the Public Health Unit at 468-4936, 468-2274, 468-2285 or the Medical Hotline 852-7650 for any necessary advice.

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is committed to improving the health of the people of the Virgin Islands.

44 Responses to “VI now seeing 49 COVID cases”

  • Ghut Man (30/06/2021, 18:11) Like (28) Dislike (38) Reply
    Ayo singing that anti-vaccine noise will start to change your tune when everybody grandparents start dropping dead
  • Their agenda moving forward (30/06/2021, 18:19) Like (36) Dislike (4) Reply
    As I like to say "What do humans and computers have in common? Both are easily programmed!" Humanity needs to wake up! Unfortunately many are not going to make it.
  • Vaxxine killsss (30/06/2021, 18:19) Like (29) Dislike (8) Reply
    My people perish from lack of knowledge
  • No thanks (30/06/2021, 18:20) Like (26) Dislike (8) Reply
    More fear mongering. . .
  • AskingForMyself (30/06/2021, 18:22) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Any with the Delta Variant?
  • The Observer (30/06/2021, 18:24) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
    I am not at all surprised. More to come. Those people that are in quarantine and having their partners or family visiting them...please're endangering everyone else as these relatives and partners go out in public and interact with orher people.
    • Also Observing (01/07/2021, 04:59) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
      And you see all those so called ‘safe’ people that the government is now allowing into the country with no quarantine time, that’s now proving to bring in and carelessly spread this nasty corona crap to the other vaccinated and unvaccinated people? Ok, let’s break it down. So, you don’t take the vaccine, and you getting Covid. YET, you take the vaccine and you still getting Covid, because you allowing it to walk right through our front door. Now that’s ignorance at its finest.
      • Yes (01/07/2021, 06:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      • @ Also Observing (01/07/2021, 08:14) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Soooo are we supposed to stay closed down forever?? Ayo was the same people complaining that the tourists dont want to come because of how long the quarantine is, now that there is no quarantine and the tourists are coming ayo vex. Cant please ayo mehson
  • Rubber Duck (30/06/2021, 18:28) Like (21) Dislike (30) Reply
    We knew this was coming. Sadly I predict some more deaths. Get vaccinated.
  • An RN (30/06/2021, 18:33) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
    I hope people listen and respond seriously to the experts advice!
    • Albert (01/07/2021, 06:20) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      I wish so too. Unfortunately , many uneducated people around the world will not vaccinate and are doing nothing to help the problem. The rest of us have made a sacrifice which makes them safer and helps kill Covid.
      • Educated Too (01/07/2021, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        Are not choosing to get vaccinated, doctors, lawyers, etc. name it. You can't tell me that they are not educated, meh son.
  • .... (30/06/2021, 18:39) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    check back by Friday 101 and counting
  • NICK (30/06/2021, 18:57) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    may be a good idea to cancel the cruise ship tomorrow.
  • My Law (30/06/2021, 19:21) Like (16) Dislike (56) Reply
    All of them unvaccinated. Deport those who ain't from here, let them go and contaminate where they from, with their negative vaccine vybz,,, and Fire Those who from here let them go and work for themselves...So they can do what they want then They don't have to worry about taking vaccine.....I'm fed up.. Time for us to move forward and these negative people only setting us back...
    • omg (01/07/2021, 01:36) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Oh how stupid u sound I wonder if u did any research 4 ur self 2 get a better understanding of this so call virus? Y'all r mostly control by fear .
      Question of the day does the vaccine prevent u from get n it? Answer, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
      • @wow (01/07/2021, 08:52) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
        Not only does it lower your chances of catching the virus by up to 200percent which SLOWS THE SPREAD, BUT it also prevents you from getting very sick with the virus. The unvaccinated risk getting very sick. So if we were all vaccinated there would be no cause for concern. Unfortunately, the unvaccinated must now shelter themselves until the disease is no longer circulating....
  • Stats (30/06/2021, 19:21) Like (49) Dislike (25) Reply
    How many of the 49 are vaccinated? The public NEEDS to know.
    • @Stats None (30/06/2021, 20:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      U are so negative...Because U R a civil servant and your paysure u all keep throwing oil on Fire....U all pay will soon stop if this virus dont come under control...We dont print money..
  • try again (30/06/2021, 19:22) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    We not foolish anymore.We all gonna die someday anyway :)
  • Full Of (30/06/2021, 19:33) Like (47) Dislike (6) Reply
    Coincidentally with the expiration in a few days of the VI vaccine stock, COVID cases have miraculously climbed to 49.
    • BVI Isolation Ends.. (30/06/2021, 20:08) Like (28) Dislike (12) Reply
      We’ve been so lucky here in the BVI - this whole Pandemic Year and only a handful of cases and seemingly no bad illness, except that one unfortunate woman early on. And this while the rest of the world burned - first one country and then another.
      It’s made us feel safe and untouchable; and even a little cocky. But now that we’re opening up and more and more people are coming it’s inevitable that COVID is coming and we’re not ready. Very low vaccination rates and minimal immunity from previous cases. Doesn’t matter if the spread is from vaccinated or non-vaccinated people - it’s coming.

      So it’s urgent and essential that people wear effective masks (and wear them properly) and maintain social distancing and avoid crowds and crowded spaces. Protect yourself and your community. This thing is real and even if it’s not likely to kill the young and fit, you don’t want to be stuck with “long Covid” and its nasty long term effects.

      Get vaccinated when you can; it’s not a “magic shield” and it doesn’t make you a morally superior person, but it’s better than Covid. I got my jabs because I wanted some measure of protection from the virus, not because I like to introduce foreign substances into my body. It was the lesser of two “evils” as far as I was concerned. I evaluated the facts and made an adult decision to get vaccinated - and I’m glad I did.

      The pandemic isn’t over - protect yourself!!
      • Ghost (30/06/2021, 22:58) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
        To those or you that disliked “BVi Isolation End’s post.. I am lost for whomever this person is he/she is speaking common sense and the right what in this post is there to s dislike??.. some of us are really just ignorant.. then again as the adage goes, common sense doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.. local cases means potential community spread..there’s a saying, “when it comes to advice , wise men don’t need it and Jack donkeys don’t need it”.. some of need to stop listening to the foolish, being foolish as they’re are, and do the right thing! Wake up people - COVID is real and it kills.. Do we have to see our people dropping like flies to wake up and do right? Is this what it has to take?.. funerals upon funerals?????
  • NICK (30/06/2021, 19:35) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    are they checking which variant it is?
  • What!! (30/06/2021, 19:50) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    From zero to 49 some fool brought it here trace to the source and prosecute.
    One ignoramus going to have us all in lock down again.
  • Listen out (30/06/2021, 20:03) Like (21) Dislike (7) Reply
    When the ship come tomorrow all of a sudden you going hear we have more cases and the Delta Variant is now here…wait on it…them and their poison(vaccine)
  • The TRUTH (30/06/2021, 20:14) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Probably brought to us by a member of the Lit Committee.
  • Yutube channel (30/06/2021, 20:29) Like (43) Dislike (13) Reply
    These people with their yitube channels are becoming millionairres with the negative anti vaccine content, aying on the fears of fools, Every time they put their negative anti vaccine content out and every time you hit like is money in their bank...$1000.00 from Yutube for every 1000 likes...Plus subscription...Black people always been foolish and easy to fool.....Not a damn thing wrong with the vaccine...
    • hmmm (01/07/2021, 06:57) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      That's actually not how YT works at all.

      Firstly, monetization is pretty hard to get and keep. Secondly, with all the COVID guidelines it's pretty hard to keep a video up that goes against the guidelines much less monetize it.

      Just because you see ads on a video doesn't mean the creator is being paid. YT just made a policy that states they can put ads on any video of any length without the creator's permission and profit from it.

      The only people richer for COVID misinformation are the people who were rich to begin with. Google 2020 Fortune 500 profits and see who profited the most from the whole world being forced to stay home last year. I doubt the top 100 is some guy with a webcam.

      Imagine calling someone foolish when you don't even know how things work.
  • watch (30/06/2021, 20:50) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    It's all bs . Don't pretend to be concerned as long as the strip clubs are open . Simple
  • Disgusted (30/06/2021, 21:10) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
    The problem is: Too many of you got your peehd from Utube so you know more than all the scientists around the world.
    Do the Math eight ventilators , forty nine and counting cases so far.
    All you nay sayers go and take the vaccine and stop talking Bovine Excreta.
  • watch (30/06/2021, 21:16) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    It's all in the plan. A simple flu like symptom they say it is c.o.v.i.d. they are hoping by the ramps it will encourage more persons to get vax. This tactic is for the first timers. Then you will hear this variant and that variant. As Jesus told Judas, do what you to do quickly. Judgement feh ayo.
  • Ghost (30/06/2021, 21:42) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    We all wish that cases would not rise but if we are honest with ourselves there are persons here that are acting like COVID-19 isn’t real.. they carry on business as usual.. the masks are either below their nose or it’s under their shin and they trying to be up in your face trying to speak to you.. I find it soooo annoying to have to be asking persons where is your mask or can you please put it on or please cover your nose and mouth with the mask.. Even in some of the offices, no social distancing and they’d not wearing masks with each other.. it annoys me so much to see the blatant disregard for the protocols.. it’s like we need coins police to ensure that persons adhere to the guidelines.. God Have Been So Merciful tonis as a people but we need to stop acting the fool for COVID is real and some of us need to stop being so stupid.. I pray God’s Mercy continues but we have to also do the right thing and stop jumping in front of a moving truck.. some of us are just too foolish, sorry to say but true.. what is so hard in doing the right thing.. some of us listening to all of the foolish scientists of the BVi that it’s not real that it’s some conspiracy with fauci and bill gates etc piss.. our country is small and our main industry is tourism .. our borders are now open and our hosp is small with ONLY 8 ventilators..We all need to be praying for healing for our land and God’s Continued Mercy towards us all and those that are being stupid and not adhering to the guidelines need to stop.. also and those of us that know and is doing the right thing, don’t let those that are not get away with it and be trying to be up in our faces.. I’m sick and tired of asking people to do the right thing..
  • clowns (01/07/2021, 05:44) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Notice as the vaccinated are allowed to skip quarantine cases sky rocket, so they shut the country down for a year and change to open it with no real plan and fall right back in line with everybody else who been open from the start!
    • @clowns (01/07/2021, 06:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      I swear, every covid related headline makes me laugh now. This thing is so seriously crazy and obvious that it makes me laugh...for now...
  • .... (01/07/2021, 08:32) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    when we had 3 cases we was home for bout 4 5 months last year for no reason....I need back pay for money lost
  • vi (01/07/2021, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply

    If we know better than the doctors why we cannot cure those affected until then keep all you #$$s shut

  • Boss (01/07/2021, 10:26) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    You all need to get vaccinated cause we not going to keep our country shut down any more. No money in this place and people are seriously hurting out here.
    • Boss . 100% correct (01/07/2021, 15:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Civil servants is a major part of the problem. .. People with sure salaries those are the one refusing to take the vaccine holding the country back...
    • @boss (01/07/2021, 17:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      From you cant even tell me what's in the damn experimental shot you need to shut up!

      Just think about what you're saying...the workings of the world cannot continue until we all take an experimental injection? WTF is wrong with you people???????

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