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An article published in the New York Times on Tuesday headlined “New Virus Hot Spots: U.S. Islands from Hawaii to Puerto Rico” comes down hard on the territory, in particular, relative to recent new cases in the last week.
With the addition of two positive COVID-19 cases to the territory’s overall count on Monday, officials said they will continue to monitor the public’s general health as travelers begin to come in.
An analysis of local COVID-19 cases shows that the U.S. Virgin Islands is ahead of the curve, especially when compared to data from other states and territories who may be heading into a peak in their numbers without effective social distancing measures in place.
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.
Virgin Islands health officials still have to send tests for COVID-19 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for analysis, but territorial epidemiologist Esther Ellis said Wednesday, “we anticipate having local capacity soon.”
So far there is no sign that the quickly spreading Coronavirus, COVID-19, has reached the Virgin Islands, but Department of Health and other government officials are keeping an eye out for it, and preparing for the worst.
Sunday’s 31st running of the Beauty and the Beast Triathlon saw cooler weather, calmer seas and better road conditions than some previous years, especially when the event – America’s Paradise and Ironman 70.3 – was held in May, competitors said.
An extremely dangerous and mysterious respiratory disease that appears connected with vaping and e-cigarettes has shown up in the Virgin Islands. U.S. health officials have been tracking the illness throughout the nation for several weeks. It has now turned up in the territory.