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The launch of a new screening program at the U.S. Virgin Island’s airports discovered one COVID-positive person traveling to St. Croix, according to officials. Since Sunday, a total of 34 tests have been conducted, officials said.
The U.S. Virgin Islands returned to the “safer at home” protocols on Tuesday, easing restrictions on non-essential businesses, restaurants, beaches, churches, private and parochial schools, but keeping in place restrictions on bars and hotel check-ins for leisure travelers.
The Department of Health received 11 additional COVID-19 testing machines on Monday as part of a continuing equipment distribution program led by the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, a VITEMA press release announced Wednesday.
Virgin Islanders, like people all over the world, are feeling their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with this new illness.
Sen. Kenneth Gittens became the first V.I. senator to test positive for COVD-19. In a statement issued Monday, Gittens said he began experiencing some symptoms associated with the deadly virus early last week and decided to get tested.
With the novel coronavirus spread around the world, people want to know how to determine if they are infected, whether they've had the virus or if they might be immune and how reliable the testing is.
Asked Monday what it would take for the territory to go back to the “safer at home” restrictions, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the most important thing now is to contain the outbreak spreading from the Limetree Bay refinery.
With the number of positive COVID-19 cases up, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. shut down bars in the territory, extended travel restrictions for 10 states and ordered beaches closed by 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Gaming centers and casinos are also closed, effective immediately.
The V.I. Health Department reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest single-day increase in the territory since the pandemic began.
With COVID-19 infection rates continuing to climb locally, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday that tighter restrictions on Limetree Bay contractors and travelers coming in from Arizona, Florida and Texas will help limit exposure of the coronavirus.
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