Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is reporting three additional COVID-19 related deaths, which brings the number of deaths in the Territory to 61.
The deceased are a 91-year-old female and an 82-year-old male who died on February 6 and an 87-year old female who died on February 8.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald Georges said that the elderly, persons with chronic diseases and immunocompromised persons are particularly vulnerable to the complications of COVID-19.
“Vulnerable persons should make a special effort to adhere to the public health protocols and avail themselves of opportunities to get vaccinated and boosted to lower their vulnerability to the severe impacts of COVID-19,” Dr. Georges said.
Persons are also reminded to seek care early if they are affected by COVID-19 and are feeling ill. “If you are experiencing prolonged fever, breathing difficulties or have any other severe adverse reaction after testing positive for COVID-19 do seek medical attention early,” Dr. Georges advocated.
The ministry is advocating for persons to reduce their individual risks by getting vaccinated or boosted, washing and/or sanitising hands for 20 seconds, wearing masks properly (ensure mask covers nose and mouth), physically distancing (>3ft) and covering coughs and sneezes regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to improving the health and well-being of the people of the Virgin Islands.