Health Department Provides Additional Details on the Sixth Confirmed COVID-19 Death

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (May 14, 2020) The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health, after ensuring notification of next of kin, confirms the territory’s sixth COVID-19 death.

The death yesterday, represents the 6th death related to COVID-19 in the territory. The deceased is a 45-year old male with a history of hypertension. He is the son of the 5th and 6th individuals who died from the disease earlier this month.

His death underscores how severe the virus can be –especially for those that are most susceptible. It also shows us that we are all vulnerable to the severe complications, including death, that result from this unpredictable disease.

“We are so saddened to share this news. The circumstances are very tragic. It is a difficult time and losing a loved one is never easy,” stated Commissioner of Health Justa E. Encarnacion, “On behalf of my staff at the Health Department, we are all disheartened and are keeping the loved ones of the affected family in our thoughts and prayers.”

The Department of Health continues to work with other agencies in taking unprecedented actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Virgin Islanders and visitors should continue to follow these precautionary measures: stay safer at home, practice social distancing, wear mask when in company of others outside of immediate family members, clean areas frequently and of course wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitize.

To report a suspected case of COVID-19, please call (340) 712-6299 or (340) 776-1519. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

For more information, visit:doh.vi.gov/coronavirus or cdc.gov/covid19. For COVID-19 updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.