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Health Minister confirms first covid-19 death

Health Minister confirms first covid-19 death

Thursday 26 March 2020

Health Minister confirms first covid-19 death

An islander in their 80s with "long-term underlying health conditions," who was receiving end-of-life care, has passed away after being diagnosed with covid-19.

The Health Minster, Deputy Richard Renouf, announced the first death in Jersey linked with the virus in a statement late last night.

He said: "Sadly, this evening, I need to announce that a patient of ours who has been in our care for some time, has died after a long illness.

"This patient was in their 80s, with underlying long-term health conditions, on an end-of-life pathway, and was receiving palliative care.

"While they were being treated for their illness, and at the latter stages of their life, the patient contracted Covid-19 and has, sadly, died today, Wednesday the 25th March, in the care of Health and Community Services.

"All efforts are being made to contact their next of kin and I would like to offer my condolences at this sad time."

Video: The Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf, announcing that the first patient with covid-19 in Jersey has died.

He said that no further details would be released about the patient to protect their confidentiality.

Deputy Renouf went on to ask that islanders refrain from speculation on social media in future, noting that there has been a "significant amount of misinformation circulating about our response to corona virus."

He added: "It is important that we disseminate only accurate information, as tragically – in future – we will have to report on more deaths." 

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Posted by Jon Jon on
Certainly sincere condolences to this persons family....but questions should be asked ,if this person was receiving care from hospital, how on earth did this person contract covid 19? It doesn't take much to work out .
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