St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (July 21, 2021) - The Department of Health confirms that the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the territory as health officials continue to push to get more Virgin Islanders vaccinated.
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 thirty-third death related to COVID-19. The deceased is an 80-year-old female on St. Thomas.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — The Delta variant of COVID-19 has possibly been identified in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Department of Health has been working with Yale University to test samples from positive COVID-19 cases. Thus far, 84 samples have shown to be variants from sequencing. Of the 84 cases, 65 have been of the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) which is also known as “the UK Variant.” Six samples have been B.1.526.2 (Iota) OR B.1.351 (Beta), and one sample B.1.429 (Epsilon).
US Virgin Islands - On July 1st, the Department of Health launched PolarisKey - a digital health pass available to individuals vaccinated in the Virgin Islands. The digital vaccination record will make it easy for individuals to securely share their COVID-19 vaccination status, while maintaining their privacy, with a growing network of local organizations, as we look to safely return to normal activities.
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has declared June 19th a holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the announcement by President Joseph R. Biden establishing the date as a federal holiday. The Community Vaccination Centers on St. Croix and St. Thomas will be closed on June 18th due to Governor Bryan’s announcement that granted administrative leave for all non-essential government employees. The centers will be closed on Friday in honor of the newly-proclaimed federal holiday.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (June 16, 2021) -- As the COVID-19 infection rate surges on St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Department of Health reminds the public that the COVID-19 vaccines are readily available across the territory and monoclonal antibody treatments are available to individuals who meet the criteria. As of June 15, 2021, there are 92 active COVID-19 cases in the territory and the department reported the 30th death related to COVID-19 on Monday.
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 thirtieth death related to COVID-19. The deceased is a 72-year old female on St. Thomas.
June 14, 2021, US Virgin Islands -The VI Department of Health (VIDOH) reminds the public and businesses to continue utilizing COVID-19 safety measures - masks are still mandatory in all businesses and public spaces. This policy applies to staff and patrons. In addition, businesses are subject to fines and closure if they do not comply with the “No Mask, No Service” policy designed to keep COVID-19 from spreading.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (May 15, 2021) – The Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that children ages 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine since the agency expanded its Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The Virgin Islands Department of Health has adopted this new change and pleased to say that children ages 12 to 15 can be vaccinated for COVID-19 locally as well.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands — In a joint statement from CDC and FDA, it has been recommended that the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the United States be paused out of an abundance of caution, effective Tuesday, April 13. According to the statement, of the 6.8 million Janssen COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the United States to date, six cases of a type of blood clot called “cerebral venous sinus thrombosis” (CVST) were seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia).