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Cruise ships lie side by side at Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas. (Photo provided by VIPA)

USVI Figures Prominently in NYT Article on Virus Hot Spots

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.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. encourages residents Monday to remain vigilant by practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

Government Staying Vigilant as COVID Cases Increase by Two

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.

Data Shows Territory ‘Ahead of the Curve’ on COVID-19

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.
Patient on a ventilator. (Shutterstock)

Unless People ‘Shelter in Place,’ V.I. Hospitals May Be Overwhelmed

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.

V.I. Health Officials Expect Increase in COVID-19 Test Capacity

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.”

V.I. Takes Precautions Against Coronavirus COVID-19

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.
Catherine Sequin and Troy Holloway cross the finish line together. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Ellis is First Virgin Islander Across the Line in Beauty and the Beast

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.

Mysterious Vape-Related Lung Disease Found in V.I.

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.

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