Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Thursday, 29 July 2021 - 1:06pm

The Ministry of Health and Social Development has confirmed that eight more COVID related deaths were recorded over the last week bringing the total number of deaths in the Virgin Islands to 31. 

The deceased are a 67-year-old male who died on July 21, an 81-year-old female who died on July 22, a 94-year-old male who died on July 23, a 94-year-old female, a 66-year-old male, and a 60-year-old female all of whom died on July 26, a 74-year-female who died on July 27 and 59-year-old female who died on July 28.   All eight persons died at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone expressed condolences to the bereaved families on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands.  “Even though we are experiencing these challenging times as a Territory right now, I want the community to know that we can and we will get through this together.  I continue to encourage persons to be vaccinated because it is our best defense against COVID-19,” he said.

As of July 28, confirmed active cases has fallen to 555 in the Territory with 24 persons currently hospitalised. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald Georges said that persons who have tested positive and are having moderate symptoms of COVID-19 should know how to take care of themselves while at home.  “If you're feeling breathless, it can help to keep your room cool,” he said, adding, “Turning the air-conditioned unit on or opening windows/doors can be helpful.  Persons are discouraged from using fans as it may spread the virus.”

Persons can also try:

  • breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth, with your lips together like you are gently blowing out a candle
  • sitting upright in a chair
  • relaxing your shoulders, so you are not hunched
  • leaning forward slightly – support yourself by putting your hands on your knees or on something stable like a chair

“Try not to panic if you are feeling breathless. This can make it worse,” Dr. Georges advised.

Persons who test positive are reminded to disclose their positive status especially if they live in a household with other people.  

Reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 by washing and/or sanitising your hands (~20 seconds), wearing masks properly (ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth), physically distancing (>3ft) and covering coughs and sneezes regardless of your vaccination status.

 Please stay healthy and safe! Remember we will get through this together.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to improving the health and well-being of the people of the Virgin Islands.

Author

Natasha Lettsome

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286
Email: 
nlettsome@gov.vg