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UPDATE: Three Dead from COVID-19 in a Day, Raising Territory’s Death Toll to 44

An 80-year-old St. Croix woman, a 62-year-old St. John woman and a 58-year-old St. Thomas woman died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the territory’s confirmed death toll from the virus to 44, the V.I. Health Department reported.

The three deaths are spread throughout the territory, with one per major island, and rival or exceed the most deadly days of the pandemic thus far.

In related news, the territory’s nurses are suing to avoid having to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The deaths come as the U.S. Virgin Islands is battling a surge in cases attributed to the more highly contagious Delta variant of the virus that has sent more people to the territory’s hospitals than at any time since the pandemic began, Health officials have said.

The hospitals have reported that none of their COVID-19 admissions have been fully vaccinated, and the Health Department on Wednesday urged residents to get their shots and continue to practice social distancing, masking when in the company of others outside of your household, cleaning frequently and washing your hands often with soap and warm water.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe illness and death,” the Health Department said in a news release announcing the deaths. To schedule an appointment, call 340-777-8227 or visit covid19usvi.com/vaccines. Walk-ins also are accepted at the territory’s Community Vaccination Centers.

St. Croix’s Community Vaccination Center is located at the Nissan Center 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 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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