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The first person to die in the U.S. Virgin Islands of COVID-19, was an 85-year-old male St. Thomas resident with underlying medical conditions.
In a tragic milestone, the U.S. Virgin Islands saw its first confirmed COVID-19 death over the weekend, the Health Department reported Sunday. The report does not say who or where.
The V.I. Department of Agriculture, with advice from the Police Department and Health Department, will be allowing farmers to vend produce at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex, no.1 Estate Lower Love on St. Croix and at the Bordeaux Farmers’ Market on St. Thomas from 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, starting April 4. According to a release from Agriculture, this temporary relocation of market facilities is meant to ensure health and safety of our community while minimizing complications related to sanitation, hand washing, crowding, and enforcement, in light of the ongoing epidemic. Vendors are required to: – Practice social distancing of six feet, as appropriate. – Use provided stations for hand washing and sanitation purposes. – Creating distance between stands, to limit crowds and reduce the number of customers within your area. – Pre-package bags of fruits, vegetables and other items to limit shoppers' handling of food and to keep customers moving quickly along. – Have, if possible, a different person handling products and handling money OR washing hands or sanitizing in between these tasks. –Removing tablecloths and sanitizing tables regularly. – Eliminate samples and eating areas while directing customers to take all foods home with them for consumption.
President Donald Trump granted a major disaster declaration for the territory on Tuesday, triggering the release of federal funds to mitigate the health and economic devastation brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, Government House reported Thursday.
Seven more Virgin Islanders' test results came back positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. bringing the territory's total to 37.
If V.I. residents “shelter in place” as Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. directed and we are lucky, a peak of 117 or so COVID-19 patients may need hospitalization at one time, V.I. Health Department officials project.
Jason Brewer, director of the Center for Student Success at the University of the Virgin Islands, died from COVID-19 in Kentucky, the university announced. Brewer left the territory on March 23 and was in Kentucky from March 24 until his death.
The territory and its health care systems are likely to be strained in the first weeks of May, making it all the more important for Virgin Islanders to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing.
The confirmed presence in the territory of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has led to a wave of closures, cancellations and postponements the territory has not seen outside of a natural disaster.
As Congress has wrangled, debated and delayed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus economic aid package, many in the U.S. Virgin Islands have been calling Delegate Stacey Plaskett's (D-VI) office to find out if all that aid going to states and to stateside U.S. taxpayers will also be available for the U.S. Virgin Islands.