An employee of the University of the Virgin Islands passed away from COVID-19 recently in Kentucky. According to a notice to students and staff, Jason Brewer, director of the Center for Student Success, left the territory on March 23 and was in Kentucky from March 24 onward, until his passing.
UVI President David Hall said he has been in contact with the Department of Health about this case. He asked anyone who was in contact with Jason after March 18 through his departure on March 23 , and has symptoms (cough and or fever) to call the Department of Health at 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519 so you can be tested. If you had contact with him within this period and are not experiencing any symptoms then there is no need at this point to be tested,. Hall said.
“Jason’s passing is an extremely sad moment for this community,” Hall said.
“This additional information makes it even more challenging for all of us. May his passing serve as a sobering reminder of the enormous impact of this pandemic which we now confront, and may it also compel us to be even more vigilant in caring for ourselves and those around us,” he said.
There have been no other public reports of any Virgin Islands residents dying from COVID-19 to date. The Department of Health reported 30 patients confirmed positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and on Tuesday sent a notice saying the number remained at 30. While a majority of cases are very mild, around 20 percent of people who contract COVID-19 require hospitalization, while between 1 percent and 2 percent of cases are fatal.