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For almost two months, the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital has been training, stocking, hiring and retrofitting to handle a possible surge in patients suffering from the novel coronavirus.
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.
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.