by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The COVID-19 death toll has risen to four in St. Kitts and Nevis following the disclosure of the federation’s fourth COVID-19 fatality on September 01, 2021 by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws.
“It is with regret that I say that we have one additional COVID-19 related death. On August 19, a 59-year-old individual with underlying comorbidities died at home. The case was under police investigation and an autopsy was requested,” the Chief Medical Officer said.
She further revealed that “the individual was COVID-19 positive at the time of death. The final autopsy report received today and released to the police high command confirmed that the findings were consistent with COVID-19. This death is therefore classified as a COVID-19 death.”
Twenty-seven additional COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday, September 01. Active COVID-19 cases in St. Kitts stands at 360 and Nevis’ count is at 141 pushing the federation’s total active case count to 499. Since March 2020, 1,148 people have contracted the virus with 979 identified on St. Kitts and 169 on the island of Nevis.
Health officials say eleven people are hospitalised due to COVID-19, seven at the JNF General Hospital in St. Kitts and four at the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis. The Ministry of Health says 643 people have since recovered.
Amidst high COVID-19 cases, the latest vaccination report suggests that 21,906 (66.3% of the 70% target population) people have taken two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Since the vaccination programme began in February of this year, the Ministry of Health has administered 46,207 doses of the vaccine with 35,397 on St. Kitts and 10,810 on Nevis.