Cruise Passenger to U.S. Virgin Islands Dies in Hospital in St. Thomas Resulting from COVID-19


Final Friday, December 2nd, various newspapers within the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) reported on the COVID-19-related dying of a cruise passenger in St. Thomas.

The Virgin Islands Consortium reported that “a critically ailing cruise ship passenger wanted emergency care shortly earlier than arriving in St. Thomas. Upon arrival the person was taken to the Schneider Regional Medical Middle however later succumbed to the sickness.

The newspaper additional reported that the cruise visitor was transported to the hospital from the WICO (West Indies dock) dock on November, 29.

Cruise Ship Passenger Dies of COVID-19 After Hospitalization on STT

Not one of the newspapers disclosed which cruise ship the contaminated visitor arrived on, nor the variety of contaminated passengers or crew members on the cruise ship. No cruise line, in fact, admitted to the an infection resulting in the dying of their buyer through the cruise.

It seems that three cruise ships known as on St. Thomas (and ported on the WICO facility) on November twenty ninth: NCL’s Norwegian Escape (photograph proper), Princess Cruises’ Sky Princess (photograph under) and Silversea Cruises’ Silver Moon. 

NCL lifted its ban on unvaccinated passengers in early September with NCL CEO Del Rio touting that easing vaccine and testing protocols would “broaden the addressable cruise market.” All different cruise strains relaxed their vaccination and testing necessities as nicely. Not surprisingly, cruise ships crusing to the Caribbean with 3,000 to 4,000 passengers sometimes have a median of a number of hundred passengers contaminated with COVID-19. With over 8,000 individuals probably ashore on November twenty ninth, there have been undoubtedly many cruise contaminated company who visited the island.

The precise variety of contaminated cruise company / crew members  on the Norwegian Escape (4,248 company), Sky Princess (3,560 company), and Silver Moon (596 company) when these cruise ships arrived in St. Thomas on November twenty ninth will not be publicly recognized. 

The U.S. Virgin Islands, which has a comparatively low dying complete attributable to COVID-19 of simply 125, made a degree of stressing that the useless cruise visitor was not contaminated within the territory and subsequently wouldn’t be included within the official COVID statistics.

It was only a 12 months in the past that the Disney Fantasy known as on the West Indies Co. dock in St. Thomas however the port authority didn’t allow anybody to disembark as a result of there have been constructive COVID-19 circumstances aboard the cruise ship.  As of March of this 12 months, the Virgin Islands well being fee didn’t allow cruise ships, with energetic COVID circumstances exceeding a 3% threshold, to disembark within the islands (cruise strains have been requesting a 4 p.c an infection charge).

The St. Thomas Supply lined this newest story, writing “the newest dying is a reminder that the COVID-19 virus stays a menace regardless of the comfort of masking and distancing mandates, and the division continues to encourage the general public to turn out to be totally vaccinated and boosted.”

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Picture credit score: St. Thomas Supply “a hundred and twenty fifth COVID-Associated Loss of life Confirmed by Well being Division;” Norwegian Escapekees torn – SA 2.0 commons / wikimedia; Sky Princess antonio -, CC BY 2.0 commons / wikimedia.


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