Sixty-two Virgin Islanders have now tested positive for COVID-19, up three from Monday, according to the latest release from the V.I. Department of Health, issued the morning of Wednesday, April 29. About 872 people have been tested, or a little less than 1 percent of the territory’s population. Of those, 62 were positive; 732 negative and 78 are pending. Four people have died and 51 have recovered.
The number of people testing positive held at 51 from April 11-17, hinting at a reprieve. But the numbers have crept up slowly since then. Wednesday’s count is three more positive results than Monday.
Testing has increased too. On April 17, 458 Virgin Islanders had been tested. Now nearly twice as many people have been tested. Since Monday, 92 more tests have been administered and 19 more results have come back.
The Centers for Disease Control has expanded its list of COVID-19 symptoms to now include chiles, muscle pain and newly lost sense of taste and smell.
Other COVID-19 symptoms reported include fever, cough and shortness of breath. It spreads mostly between people who are in close contact via respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People who have contracted COVID-19 are most likely to spread it when they are most symptomatic. This means they are more likely to spread it to others when they are sick.
Anyone experiencing symptoms like a cough, fever, and shortness of breath, and have traveled anywhere in the last 14 days, OR has come in contact with a confirmed case is urged to self-quarantine and call (340) 712-6299 or (340) 776-1519 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The Department of Health recommended the following steps to limit exposure to the novel coronavirus and avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19:
– Limit socializing and close contact with others, as persons without symptoms can still transmit the virus.
– While sick, avoid contact with others.
– Avoid persons with cold or flu-like symptoms.
– Stay home if you are sick.
– Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and discard the tissue. Wash your hands immediately. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
– Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
– Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60 percent alcohol.
For more information, visit: doh.vi.gov/coronavirus or cdc.gov/covid19. For updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.