The department of public health will not release any more information on the island's second H1N1 death. Public health director Peter Roberto says the family of the 13 year old girl who died late last month has requested the department not release any specifics. Roberto says the death should serve as a reminder that residents must remain vigilant as swine flu is in our community.
The girl was admitted to the hospital on august 20th and was in the intensive care unit for 9 days until she died from swine flu complicated by pneumonia. GMH Spokesperson Connor Murphy said "since we're a hospital we're kind of at the epicenter of this pandemic so we have a lot of measures actually in place as far as infection control and preventing the spread of this disease one of them is that if the patient is hospitalized then he or she is kept in an isolated room either by himself or herself or with another patient who has the same symptoms".