18 July 2021
A patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 has died at Jersey General Hospital. The patient was an adult under 50 years of age and not classed as clinically vulnerable. Their next of kin are being supported at this time.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: “I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. It is incredibly sad to lose a loved one and I am sure that we all will feel sympathy for their loss.
“Health and Community Services will not be releasing any further information at this time in order to protect the privacy of the deceased and their family.”
There are currently 12 patients in the General Hospital who have COVID, with half having been fully-vaccinated. Eight were admitted due to COVID, with the remainder admitted for other reasons and found to be positive for COVID when tested as part of admission screening. Two people are currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dr Ivan Muscat, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, said: “I must emphasise the importance of being vaccinated to be protected against COVID. A person who has not been vaccinated is 25 times more likely to be hospitalised than a vaccinated individual.
“We urge any unvaccinated Islanders to come forward for a first dose as soon as possible by booking online at gov.je/vaccine. Any Islander who is waiting for their second dose will be automatically sent an appointment.”