Territory’s COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs to 75

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The territory’s COVID-19 death toll climbed to 75 on Monday after a 59-year-old St. Thomas woman and a 37-year-old St. Croix man were confirmed to have died of the disease, the V.I. Health Department reported.

The deaths were the second and third reported since Friday when the department reported that a 78-year-old St. Croix woman had died of COVID-19.

According to Health Department data, community transmission and close contact account for the majority of COVID-19 cases in the territory. As of Friday, the latest statistics available, there were 136 active cases on St. Croix, 21 on St. Thomas and two on St. John, according to figures posted on the department’s Facebook page.

The community is urged to continue following precautionary measures to slow the spread of the virus, including social distancing, wearing a mask when in the company of others outside of your household, cleaning frequently used areas thoroughly, and washing your hands often with soap and warm water.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe illness and death, the department said. To schedule an appointment, call 340-777-8227 or visit covid19usvi.com/vaccines. Walk-ins are also accepted at the territory’s Community Vaccination Centers.

St. Croix’s Community Vaccination Center is at the Nissan Center in Estate La Grande Princesse, adjacent to the Honda Dealership and The Paint Shop, on the same side of the street as Food Town.

On St. Thomas, the Community Vaccination Center is at the Community Health Clinic on the second floor at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

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 COVID 19 updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.

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