St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 18, 2020)  – The Department of Health has reported 13 new cases in tonight’s epidemiology report. Eight of the positive cases on St. Thomas are associated with two separate vessels.  All persons aboard both vessels are a part of the crew. The vessels are a cargo ship and a private yacht. The department’s epidemiology division is currently monitoring and testing all other crewmembers on board both vessels. 
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — During Monday’s weekly press briefing, Government House Communications Director Richard Motta Jr. asked residents to gather safely and responsibly for the holidays and to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people if possible.  Director Motta reminded the public that one week into the Territory’s latest step forward on the path to a “new normal” to continue taking the necessary precautions and to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Health. 
The Division of Environmental Health will hold a virtual town hall meeting on Friday, November 20, from 3 PM to 4 PM for all Bars and Nightclubs as they reopen under COVID-19 guidelines. The intent is to hear from these establishments owners and go over to the 19th Executive Order and earlier regulations. Join on your computer or mobile app through this link: DEH Bar and Nightclub Townhall 11/20, 3 PM Learn More: <https://aka.ms/JoinTeamsMeeting>
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has issued a statement debunking a number of false rumors and misinformation that is circulating on social media platforms regarding the U.S. Virgin Islands and potential COVID-19 vaccines that are being developed.  The rumors apparently were started after a report by “60 Minutes” about the logistics of delivering a Coronavirus vaccine across the United States and the territories as part of the federal government’s “Operation Warp Speed.”  
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — During the weekly press briefing at Government House on St. Croix on Monday, Communications Director Richard Motta Jr. set out the guidelines and restrictions governing the reopening of bars and nightclubs in the Territory, as set forth in Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s 19th Supplemental Executive Order.  “We have introduced a phased structure that defines our pathway to a new normal and have taken steps forward and backward,” Director Motta said. “Today, November 9, we officially take one of those steps forward on the path to our new normal.” 
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (November 7, 2020) – The Department of Health (DOH) clarifies that no team sports activities are currently permitted. An announcement by the Virgin Islands Soccer Association that the season will begin results from a misunderstanding that led them to plan the season, thinking that permission had been granted.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (November 1, 2020) – On Friday, the Department of Health reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 in the territory—six on St. Croix and eight on St. Thomas. A vessel* in the St. Thomas Harbour** accounted for six of the cases on St. Thomas. With Saturday’s numbers, this brings the total active cases in the territory to 37. All positive cases from the vessel and their close contacts are safe and in quarantine. Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis encourages the public to be vigilant as cases continue to peak in the U.S.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (October 26, 2020) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the definition of “close contact.” * to include being within 6 feet of an infected person for several brief encounters throughout the day. “Close contact” is when these short periods (one minute or less) add up to 15 minutes over 24-hours.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands—After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to confirm the territory’s twenty first death related to COVID-19. The deceased is a 76-year old female on St.Thomas.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (October 2, 2020) In recent weeks, there have been increasing reports of false positives nationally and locally for SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests. Nationally, approximately 25% of nursing homes have reported at least one false positive during screening and other health departments have also reported identifying additional false positives. In one instance stateside, only 4 out of 64 patients who tested positive by the antigen tests could later be confirmed by more sensitive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing.