"After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to confirm the territory’s sixteenth death related to COVID-19. The deceased is a 59-year old male on St. John," D.O.H. said in a statement.
The latest death came three days after the 15th fatality — a 49-year-old St. Thomas man.
The deaths come as D.O.H. has been reporting a decline in positive cases over the past few days. The department reported only one Covid-19 infection on Wednesday, and four cases Tuesday. Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion told the Consortium Thursday night that the data being released tonight will show a low number of infections as well.
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Governor Albert Bryan has extended to Sept. 8 a Stay-at-Home that was scheduled to expire Monday. The order calls for the closure of non-essential businesses, beaches on weekends from 12 noon, and the halting of most lodging reservations to the USVI, among other directives.