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Residents who have completed all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine can resume some activities at home but should stay vigilant when going out in public, according to local Health officials.
In the week since it became available in the Virgin Islands, more than 500 residents have received the Pfizer vaccine to fight against the novel coronavirus and stave off COVID-19, according to V.I. Health officials – all without apparent problems.
A national drill to test the delivery, receipt and redistribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine started on Monday, officials announced.
With the weekly COVID positivity rate up to 3 or 4 percent, the V.I. Department of Health on Monday stressed continued adherence to local public health guidelines, particularly as cases reach record numbers on the mainland.
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.
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