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COVID-19 In USVI: 3rd Person Dies Of Coronavirus … Gov’t Won’t Say Where

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) said that there has been a third death from the novel cororavirus in the territory.

A text alert from VITEMA at 9:02 a.m. today said that the death had occurred in the U.S. Virgin Islands but made no mention of the patient or where the fatality occurred.

A 72-year-old woman on St. Thomas with “underlying health issues” became the second person to die of COVID-19 in the territory, Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. said in a press conference at Government House in Christiansted yesterday.

On April 5, an 85-year-old man on St. Thomas with “underlying health problems” became the first person to die of COVID-19 in the territory.

PATIENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION update (458 CUMULATIVE TOTAL): As of April 17, 2020

Positive: 53 (15 STX; 36 STT; 2 STJ)

Negative: 390 (149 STX; 220 STT; 21 STJ)

Pending: 35 (6 STX; 28 STT; 1 STJ)

Recovered: 46/53 recovered

Deaths: 3

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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