The 2 victims are said to be a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s. Both had underlying health conditions.
Island Echo understands 1 of the victims is a much-loved husband, father and grandfather from East Cowes. He was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital at the start of the week and was placed into isolation. Tragically, his breathing deteriorated early on Wednesday morning and he quickly succumbed to the deadly virus without his family by his side.
Alistair Flowerdew, Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, has said:
“Two patients have sadly died at St Mary’s Hospital having had laboratory confirmed positive test results for COVID-19.
“The two men were in their 70s and 80s and both had underlying health conditions.
“Their families have been informed and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”
Island Echo first asked the Trust about one of the deaths 2 days ago but a statement has only just been issued this afternoon (Saturday) due to the formal processes that needed to be completed.
In a sobering message, one family member has said:
“We are all devastated at how quickly he died… Please stay at home, don’t take any chances. Nobody is invulnerable”.
Bob Seely MP said:
“Our thoughts will be with the friends and family of the two men who have passed away. This sad incident is a reminder to us all of the potentially fatal effects of this virus. I urge all Islanders to continue to follow the health guidelines to reduce the likelihood of more deaths on the Island. By doing so we will reduce infections on the Island and keep Islanders safe and there will be fewer fatalities.
“I would like to reiterate our deep thanks to the NHS staff on the Island.”
Councillor Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“I am so sorry to hear that two Island residents have died at St Mary’s Hospital having tested positive for coronavirus. My sincere sympathies to their friends and families.
“I would implore everyone on the Isle of Wight to follow government instructions to stay at home, protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.
“We’ve lost two members of our community already; staying at home and only travelling if totally essential – for food, medication or to work if you absolutely cannot work from home – will help to control the spread of this virus, it will protect you, your family, those you care about and our wider community.”
Official figures from Public Health England show that there are a total of 8 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Wight as of 27th March. 2 people have died locally. Nationally, 17,089 people have tested positive for COVID-19 with 1,019 deaths recorded as of 14:00 this afternoon.