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Territory’s Lab Director Confident in CDC Guidance, But More Tests are Needed

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has required a nimble response from government health agencies, including in the Virgin Islands, where officials have relied on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how best to combat the virus.
Artist's conception of the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

Health Department Deploys Contact Tracers

As the Virgin Islands’ COVID-19 count rises, with 10 dead from the virus and 73 new cases since Tuesday, the Health Department has been deploying contact tracers in an effort to stop the spread.

USVI in the ‘Throes’ of a Surge, Gov. Bryan Says

There’s no question that the territory is in the “throes” of a COVID-19 surge, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., who said Monday that while the overall positivity rate is going down, residents still need to fully comply with public safety guidelines.

Fentanyl Surfaces – Along with Deadly Overdoses – in the V.I.

Police and health officials have a warning for the public involving a recent spate of reported deaths linked to opioid use in the Virgin Islands. Authorities on the U.S. mainland say abuse of opioids have led to 200,000 deaths over the past 20 years.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo)

Dengue’s V.I. Reappearance Makes Mosquito Control Paramount

The V.I. Health Department reported Wednesday a small number of Virgin Islanders have tested positive for the unpleasant, mosquito-borne illness dengue in recent weeks, marking its first lab-confirmed return since 2017.

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