An 80-year-old woman on St. Thomas was confirmed Tuesday as the 33rd person in the U.S. Virgin Islands to die of COVID-19, the Department of Health reported.
The woman was not identified by the Department of Health news release, in accordance with department policy.
It was the 21st COVID-19 death on St. Thomas/Water Island. There have been 11 COVID deaths on St Croix and one on St. John.
Officials warned Monday that the number of active cases in the territory has increased each week for the last three weeks, reaching the highest number this year, suggesting the pandemic isn’t over yet.
The Department of Health urged residents and visitors to continue following basic precautionary measures: Practice social distancing, wear a mask when in the company of others outside of those in your household, clean frequently used areas thoroughly, and wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
The news release also said getting the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe illness and death. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled by calling 340-777-8227 or online at covid19usvi.com/vaccines.
Walk-ins are accepted at Community Vaccination Centers.
– St. Croix’s Community Vaccination Center is at the Nissan Center, which is in 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 located at the Community Health Clinic on the 2nd floor at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.
To report a suspected case of COVID-19, call 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519. More information is online at the Department of Health website. Those interested can register for COVID- 19 updates by texting COVID19USVI to 888777.