14 April 2020
Today, the Government of Jersey is confirming that the number of deaths from COVID-19, or suspected COVID-19, has risen from three to six.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: “I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and offer my reassurance that Government is doing everything in its power to manage the outbreak to save as many lives as possible.”
The Government reports the deaths of people infected with Coronavirus to include all deaths where COVID-19, or suspected COVID-19, is mentioned on the death certificate. This includes all cases where the virus is recorded, whether as the direct cause or in combination with other health conditions. The Government continues to report deaths that have occurred both in the care of Health and Community Services and in the community.
Information on the deaths is taken from the official register held by the Office of the Superintendent Registrar. This methodology has been agreed with Statistics Jersey, the Office of the Superintendent Registrar and the Deputy Viscount. It is also in line with the UK Office of National Statistics methodology.
Changes to the number of registered deaths involving COVID-19 are published on the gov.je/coronavirus when a death is officially registered. If an inquest is required to establish the cause of death, there may, in some instances, be a delay of several weeks or months before a cause of death is established and registered.
In order to protect an individual’s confidentiality, we will not currently differentiate between deaths where COVID-19 was the direct cause, a contributory factor along with other health conditions, or suspected.