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SANDBAGGING BAD NEWS? Health Department Releases News of 23rd COVID-19 Death 1 Day After 22nd Victim

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Health Department announced Tuesday night that a 58-year-old woman from St. Thomas became the 23rd COVID-related death in the territory.

The announcement comes one day after Health officials issued a release that a 65-year-old man from St. Croix became the 22nd COVID-related death.

Tuesday’s press release, issued after 8 p.m. said Health was confirming the death after further investigating the cause of the woman’s death and notifying the victim’s next of kin that the fatality had taken place.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is currently in the midst of a slight escalation of confirmed novel coronavirus cases. Some 14 COVID-19 cases were reported by Health on Friday.

This week, the department added seven cases and is currently tracking 36 active ones: 19 on St. Thomas, 16 on St. Croix and one on St. John.

According to the statement, Health continues to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 and asked residents to take precautionary measures including staying at home, practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when in the company of others. Frequent handwashing with soap and warm water and cleaning frequently used areas also are encouraged.

To report a suspected case of COVID-19, call (340) 712-6299 or (340) 776-1519. Individuals with a medical emergency should call 911.

For more information, visit covid19usvi.com. For COVID-19 updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.

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