Dominica records 1st death from COVID-19

Dr. Irving McIntyre

Dominica has recorded its first Covid-19 death.

The announcement was made by Health Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre during a brief statement on Tuesday.

“We regret to announce that Dominica has recorded its first Covid-19 related death,” he said.

According to Dr. McIntyre, the 46-year-old female, with pre-existing medical conditions, was admitted to the COVID Isolation Unit on August 14th and passed away today, August 17th, 2021.

The Government of Dominica has extended its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” he said.

As of Monday, August 16th, 2021, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Dominica was 575.

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  1. Deborah A Bethel
    August 30, 2021

    Please keep it real. I agree that people with pre existing and underlying health conditions are more at risk of dying. But, don’t forget Covid can also attack and kill any and everybody including healthy adults, young people and even children and babies please. For those eligible, the vaccine is a game changer, it makes a big difference if you get Covid. Get vaccinated people and stop the negative narrative and misinformation about the vaccine. Vaccines are not new. They have made a great difference in many deadly diseases like polio, tetanus, flu, Hep B, Hep A, Rubella, mumps, measles, whooping cough and so many more. We should strive to educate ourselves and others, please and thank you. Let us all think you all: PREVENTION is better than CURE.

  2. ben10
    August 19, 2021

    why wasn’t her vaccination status mentioned??? this is important news to us re the vaccination drive you all are pushing

    • Channel 1
      August 19, 2021

      @ben10 – Very important question.

      The authorities like to CLEARLY STATE how many persons who are not vaccinated are infected and have symptoms etc while they cleverly present information re: the vaccinated in a ‘vague’ manner or present the information in such a way that one has to use mathematical calculations to deduce the Covid situation re: those who are vaccinated and infected.

      To the authorities – Was the lady who unfortunately died vaccinated or not?

  3. Wog ping
    August 18, 2021

    I think that doctor wants to leave this administration. But he must have been given a hefty salary increase, or he is afraid of the backlash. How many people have left this hardministration? I don’t think anyone has left. It’s like once you sell your soul you are locked in and keys thrown out.

    • August 19, 2021

      Look some sorry a..hole UWP Dominicans making a big deal of someone who died of covid. This is Dominica’s first reporting of a death related to covid. Dominica is doing very well and much better than the other islands and countries that have been reporting covid-related deaths from last year to now. Trinidad for example has recorded over 100 covid-related deaths, Jamaica as well. ST. Lucia and Antigua have reported more than 10 deaths so far. American patients are dying of covid by the hundreds on a daily basis. These UWP a.. holes are sickening and disgusting. What a shame. How can Dominicans in their right mind put up with these idiots? If Lennox Linton was the PM, no Dominicans would die of covid. What a joke. From a high school drop out to a medical doctor. Look roro. I salute all of our frontline workers who are doing a superb job keeping Dominicans safe. These UWP gangsters want to make Lennox feel great and indispensable. We don’t need you, we don’t need Lennox.

  4. Wakanda Forever
    August 18, 2021

    Deepest condolences to the deceased’s family and friends. Words cannot express.

    To Dr Mac:

    Please, please have your teams overusing the word “protocols”. Instead, enunciate clearly what people are to do in a variety of situations:
    *wear mask over mouth AND nose, continuously, in ANY situation where there are non-household members
    *if eating away from home, try to eat outdoors and away from others
    *avoid interacting with people outside your household if at all possible
    *the virus is in the air, so don’t rely on distance too much to protect yourself, etc.
    People need clarity, and yes, even the most motivated ones need reminders.

  5. Quest and Ans
    August 18, 2021

    Now the confusion really starts to kick in….God forbid, there is another Covid and “pre existing” death in Dominica; look out! DNO will be jammed with comments and chaos. Look out for it.

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 18, 2021

    To you Mr. Quack; with the thousands of patients they say; have you ever heard of this antibody treatment, and try to implement it at home rather than talking crap about rapid antigen test?

    COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatments | NMDOH …
    Monoclonal antibody treatment is recommended for some people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

    There are currently two available treatments. ncluding REGEN-COV (casirivimab and imdevimab, administered together), and bamlanivimab and etesevimab, administered together.
    These treatments are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)

    Question is the China Man Hospital in Dominica equip to perform such procedure?

    Do you or all the other Quacks in Dominica subscribe to any modern day medical jeornal so as to become informed with new and modern treatments.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 18, 2021

      By the way the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment is what was given to Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Rudy Giuliani, and others which brought them back from death!

  7. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 18, 2021

    Rest in peace Kathlyn, my sympathy goes out to your immediate family, very sad, however; your passing might help to bring awareness of this awful sickness plaguing the country!

  8. Garçon
    August 17, 2021

    Dr. Mac you are really beginning to disappoint me now. You know better. You are a medical expert; PM Skerrit is an English teacher. If he doesn’t listen to you, resign and come back to us, your thousands of completely satisfied patients. The steps you all are taking is nonsensical. Covid can’t only be transmitted on week nights and weekends. You all will get to a point when you will be overwhelmed. Ian there blajaying about activity in Portsmouth. That is what you refer to as activity; illness. Alas

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 18, 2021

      Stop joking boy, if that man had thousands of patients, that would mean every sick soul on the island would have gone to him.

      Look I live in California with a population of several millions of people, I know many doctors in private practice; one of of them my women; a lover who is a specialist in a certain field of medicine, who does not have a thousand patients.
      Now she is on staff in more than one hospital, where she must have seen more than a thousand patients over the years, but in private practice, not that much!

      I don’t believe that Dominica quack had a dozen patient.

      Now his father was an so called eye specialists, I know he say more than a thousand people perhaps, only one in Dominica at the time, I think he also traveled to Montserrat say he treating people, giving over the counter reading glasses.

      Everybody he gave (dem glasses) walking looking up in the sky; cannot see far ahead of them oui!


      • Garçon
        August 18, 2021

        Francisco, I know what I am talking about this is why I am alarmed that he is allowing these low ability guys to bring him down. After Dr. Charissa Ettienne left he was recommended and I have absolutely no complains. I stuck with him until I left Dominica. This guy is always booked and and there is a steady stream of patients throughout any given day.
        He is thorough, makes his patients comfortable, and most importantly he gets results. I still call him to discuss health issues with him. It’s sad to see what is happening to him.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          August 19, 2021

          Well, if he was that competent and successful doctor, how come he is in politics; with so many patients you said he had, his income practicing medicine should exceed that of a politician.

          My friend we know that in Dominica, doctors lawyers stave, and the is due to a very small population; there alternative must be politics where they subject themselves, and become puppets to the little boy Roosevelt Skerrit to whom they kneel.

          I suspect if his office revolved with patients he would not be in politics; Roosevelt Skerrit at that; the reason he is now a puppet to Roosevelt is due to not making any reasonable amount of money in his private practice.

          You may like him; nothing wrong with that; there are only two Dominica doctors I like and care about “Johnathan Provost, not in Dominica at this time; and Griffin Benjamin.”

          Don’t say I a bias, which I am; the are my relatives.

          You know that family thing!

          All the rest are quacks eh!

      • Wesley Boy
        August 19, 2021

        YOUR woman? What woman in their right mind would possibly put up with something like you. Have you been on that bad tobacco again?

        • Gary
          August 19, 2021

          Let us not make an excuse for Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque suggesting that he is on that bad tobacco again. It is his ego, at fault, it is his weakness he is dominated by it, the false self playing out, it is sad.

    • Yessfada
      August 18, 2021

      I thought it was very easy to understand why he chose those days and those times but clearly people like you are too …… to get the bigger picture. Dominica should be on total lockdown but he chose to leave the country open during the day so the people can get their basic needs, at night people are more likely to be galavanting. The weekends are when most people meet and crowds gather. It is probably your first time hearing anything about COVID but COVID is transmitted from one person to another making it more likely to contract covid from a crowd of group of people.

      • Garcon
        August 18, 2021

        Did you read over your comment, government slave? Complete lock downs is what works as has been proven time and time again. I do not have to suck up to your government because I am a trained professional unlike you who has to prostrate at their feet and sing their praises, probable even do other things. What is the bigger picture? when all my family in Dominica die? Go read a book and watch some tv if the government gave one with the apartment.

  9. Bwa-Banday
    August 17, 2021

    Man all you just start killing people with all that carelessness. I wonder where the lady died. Did she die in quarantine outside the hospital or at the hospital? I am assuming unlike what I am hearing she died at PMH because if its true she died in a quarantine facility as alleged them we definitely have a problem. I will reserve further comments for now :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  10. JAH KAL
    August 17, 2021

    DOMINICANS covid is real don’t joke with it sorry to learn about the young lady where i live we loose 700,000,00 people already and people still dying ,people that’s your population many many times.

    • Fact Check
      August 18, 2021

      Where do you live that 70 million people have died from COVID??

      • Garçon
        August 18, 2021

        Chupes. You know he means 700,000. Stop being petty. Discuss the issues but then again probably that’s your capacity. Can’t fit 5 gallons in a half gallon container.

  11. Real
    August 17, 2021

    The title reads first death “FROM” covid-19 while the report says “covid related death”.

    the title states that covid is the cause of the death while the report states that the person who passed away had “pre-existing medical conditions”

    DNO please note that the title of this article is incorrect and may cause further fear and confusion when it comes to information about covid-19.

    ADMIN: Attributing death to COVID-19 due to pre-existing medical conditions seems to be consistent with the WHO guidelines which can be found here:

    • Truth Truth Truth
      August 22, 2021

      HMMM nice observation,. Continue to observe. She had pre-existing conditions. So why was she sent to Porstmouth where she had no access to her doctor /another doctor because of her pre-existing conditions?

      Yes sah! we are not observant ! 4 days after being sent to Covid Center. Shouldn’t she be kept in Roseau or home quarantine? I am just asking? Are persons evaluated for other ailments or has covid taken all other ailments place?

  12. Sybilnowell
    August 17, 2021

    Condolences to the family .RIEP

  13. Channel 1
    August 17, 2021

    My condolences to the family and friends of this individual. Wish you all God’s comfort during this difficult time.

    The report stated that the lady had COVID-19 AND had pre-existing medical conditions.

    1. How was this individual’s cause of death determined so quickly to be COVID-related? Has an autopsy already been performed to determine the cause of death?

    Isn’t it possible the lady could have unfortunately died from the pre-existing medical conditions she had?

    2. Was this individual vaccinated or unvaccinated?

    DNO, do you all have any idea as to the criterion used to accurately classify deaths as being due to or related to COVID-19?

    ADMIN: WHO international guidelines can be found here:

    Essentially, death is attributed to COVID-19 if believed to have been triggered by preexisting conditions.

    • Channel 1
      August 18, 2021

      @ADMIN – Thanks for your effort to locate some information. The definition of a death due to COVID-19 on Page 3 in the WHO link however is troubling, shaky and raises further questions. In essence, if one has COVID and dies, then by all means the cause is COVID unless a clear alternative cause of death can be determined.

      How then without an autopsy or detailed assessment was it determined SO QUICKLY that COVID was definitely the cause of death in this lady’s case and not alternatively the pre-existing medical conditions she had?

      Using the same context of the WHO definition of a COVID-19 death, how comes a death is not classified as a vaccine-related death in persons who died soon after taking the COVID vaccines, who were healthy prior to taking the vaccine and had no known pre-existing medical conditions?

      Something ain’t right.

    • Gary
      August 18, 2021

      To Admin: Why are you reminding us about the WHO guidelines in the issuance of death certificates, are you suggesting such guidelines are infallible. Why should we trust The World Health Organization with their guidelines when they have deceived us and lied before. There has always been a protocol in place within the Medical Institution in the issuance of death certificates, why now should the protocol be changed to accommodate the COVID-19.

      The reality is we know someone died it is a fact, but as to the cause of death we do not know, only what is reported to us. It is reported that there were pre-existing conditions. We do not know these pre-existing conditions. We do not know if the person was vaccinated or not, was there an autopsy carried out, and I am sure that people were in proximity and contact with this person were they tested, and how many got sick and how many that were not sick at all, and how many were vaccinated or not vaccinated, ignorance thrives on hysteria.

  14. Pre Exist
    August 17, 2021

    Is there someone alive today without a “pre existing condition”? Once Covid claims a life it’s because the person was already sick? Pre existing condition is such a tricky term and hard to prove. Whether or not there was a “medical mistake,” once they label that “pre existing condition” on the victim, case close. What killed the person? The pre existing condition?

  15. Ibo France
    August 17, 2021

    Sincerest sympathy to the family, friends and close acquaintances of the dearly departed. May your spirits be buoyed by cherished memories of her love, kindness, jokes and laughter.. May her soul rest in perfect tranquility.

  16. Mandy
    August 17, 2021

    First Covid death, don’t make me laugh. You mean to say the first the government is actually revelling. This is a lying cheating government. We are used to it.

  17. Ron C
    August 17, 2021

    Unfortunate Indeed! My sympathies to the her family. As terrible as this development find us, hopefully, we will learn some very hard lessons. It should prick our collective conscience and jolt us into reality and to do what we must for Dominica. This beast has to be brought under control. Cathy’s death has to be that catalyst that will help to save Dominica.

    I To her dear husband, a personal friend, and the extended family who I know relatively well, I grieve with you. Your loss has to be Dominica’s loss. Accept my deepest sympathies.

  18. Mon- fa- RED
    August 17, 2021

    he only reason why they record this one is because Dr Mcinliar and Skerrit knows that the woman was at the covid center. I believe many Dominicans have died from COVID-19 but it’s a system where these liars control the information so we can only go by what they tell us.

    • Green
      August 20, 2021

      Very well spoken, I agree with you 100%.

  19. Amelia W.
    August 17, 2021

    My friend – My Best Friend. Thank you for your life’s friendship. I will see you when we meet again. Love you always. Your best friend

  20. ziferrs
    August 17, 2021

    Did they do an autopsy to VERIFY that Covid19 was the ”CAUSE” of death?

    • LifeandDeath
      August 17, 2021

      No need, that’s how it’s being done worldwide now. Unfortunately we’re being asked to put down our thinking caps and disregard all sensible normal protocols.
      May the Family and friends of the deceased be comforted., death is never easy. May she RIP.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 18, 2021

      Why would you write such a foolish comment: I know that there are many quacks in the country, but I am sure by now they know the symptoms of COVID-19, and a patient who died from it.

      • ??????????????????
        August 22, 2021

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque get facts before you talk.
        You always seem to know it all and are so arrogant.
        You know nothing about this young woman’s medical conditions but continue to do more research.

        I need the statistics of death from back say 2016 yearly death according to ailments up to 2020. Do your homework and you will be shocked. Go ahead do it for you know it all.
        I await your findings.

    • ????????????????
      August 22, 2021

      Yes ziferrs way to go and whether she was vaccinated too. I concur. I am of the opinion that with underlying factors, she should not be sent to Porstmouth but kept close to the PMH. When she wanted help who would in their right sense run to someone who is covid positive by virtue of being in the quarantine center. Nothing is given to quarantine people just continuous testing till you test negative.


  21. %
    August 17, 2021

    Quite unfortunate..I have always been asking the question how many covid related deaths have we had? Press briefings are being given, and no questions are asked of those people. Is it because she died at the facility in the north that this case is made public? Are you being tested for covid when you die at home??? There are so many questions that those responsible for leadership in this crises are not answering!!!!
    It only makes for more confusion!!!

  22. Gods child
    August 17, 2021

    I empathize with the family on the passing of their loved one. Its not easy to lose a love one without seeing them or even saying good bye. May her soul RIP.

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