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4 More People Die From COVID-19, Bringing USVI’s Death Toll To 49

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Department of Health is confirming that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of four more Virgin Islanders, bringing the territory’s death toll to 49.

The deceased are a 51-year-old woman, an 81-year-old woman, a 94-year-old man and a 73-year-old man, all on St. Thomas, according to a press release.

On Monday, Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas had 14 COVID-19 patients, one of whom was on a ventilator, said Interim Chief Executive Officer Luis Amaro.

“Due to the high percentage of vulnerable patients, we have had some losses. We had two yesterday and one today,” Amaro said.

Amaro could not confirm if those deaths were the ones reported by the Health Department.

The department encourages residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent severe illness and death.

Pop-up vaccination centers are open from:

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Charles Harwood Complex on St. Croix

• Noon to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Cost-U-Less parking lot on St. Thomas

• 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays, at the Enighed Pond gravel lot

Community Vaccination Centers are also open at the Nissan Center in La Grande Princesse on St. Croix and at the Community Health Clinic at Schneider Regional Medical Center.

Anyone 12 and older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

To report a suspected case of COVID-19, call 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. For more information, visit covid19usvi.com. For COVID19 updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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