Health Department Announces Fifth Confirmed COVID-19 Death

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (May 9, 2020) The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to announce confirmation of the territory’s fifth confirmed COVID-19 death.

The fifth and most recent death from COVID19 is a 72-year-old male from the island of St. Croix who died at the Juan F. Luis Hospital. He was the husband of the woman who was reported last week as the fourth death from this disease.

This, fifth victim to die of COIVDE 19, had two underlying health conditions; hypertension and diabetes. Suspicion about his health condition arose when it was confirmed that his wife died of the disease.

“The entire Department of Health family joins me in conveying our heartfelt condolences to this family and friends of both this gentleman and his wife,” said Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

While most Virgin Islanders should now be familiar with the preventative measures prescribed by the Department of Health, it is important to again reminded residents that each of us has the real possibility of coming in contact with someone who, unknowingly is infected. For this reason, the Department continues to advise residents to avoid close contact with others, and avoid non-essential travel. The Department also advises everyone over the age of two years to ALWAYS wear a face mask while in public, to consistently practice good hand hygiene, and to refrain from touching their mouth, nose or eyes. Further to this, the Department urges residents to continue following all other precautionary measures such as practicing social distancing and continuing to shelter in place when practical. “Not only do we need to remain vigilant as we reopen our Territory, but it is imperative that we all continue to limit our risk of either spreading or acquiring this disease,” stated Commissioner Justa E. Encarnacion.

If you are experiencing symptoms like a cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and have traveled anywhere in the last 14 days, OR have had contact with a confirmed case please self-quarantine and call (340) 712-6299 or (340) 776-1519 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. These phone numbers are only to be used if you meet the criteria above and suspect you may have the virus. You will be given instructions on what to do next and that may include isolating yourself from others.  

If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

For more information, visit: doh.vi.gov/coronavirus or cdc.gov/covid19. For updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.