Another two persons in the British Virgin Islands have now died from COVID-19.
This brings the total number COVID-related deaths in the territory to eight — the last four of which were reported within the past two days.
The most recent deceased persons are an 83-year-old female and a 36-year-old female who were both patients at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital at the time of their passing.
In the meantime, the total number of active cases in the territory now stands at 1,602 persons. The government’s COVID hospital admissions summary as of 6 pm on Thursday, July 15 show that 11 persons have been admitted to the emergency room. Three died.
Twenty-two persons were admitted to the COVID-19 ward which also has recorded three deaths. Another five COVID patients were admitted to hospitals Intensive Care Unit which has seen two deaths to round off the the total eight persons who died from the coronavirus locally.
Meanwhile, one COVID patient was admitted to Behavioural Health Unit while and another was admitted to the hospital’s Obstetric Unit.
A total of 41 unvaccinated persons have been admitted to the hospital to date.
“Given that the BVI is experiencing high community transmission all symptomatic persons should immediately assume that they are COVID positive. Therefore, we need persons to adhere to isolation and quarantine orders,” Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald Georges said have said.
The unvaccinated members of the community are encouraged to take advantage of the vaccination drive this Saturday and Sunday, July 17th and 18th on the festival grounds from 9 am to 5 pm to get vaccinated.
“The more people we can get vaccinated the less the mortality rates. Persons who are being severely impacted from COVID-19 have preexisting medical conditions. We are making a special appeal to our vulnerable population to get vaccinated today to save your life tomorrow,” Dr Georges said.
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