U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (January 19, 2021) - The U.S.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center (“JFL”) will be illuminated in honor of the 24 Virgin Islanders lost to COVID-19 and their families. The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center joins President-elect Biden in a “national moment of unity and remembrance” for the lives of those whom we have lost due to this virus by illuminating both JFL and the entrance for JFL North. Similar to lighting a candle, the illumination of the building represents hope and a brighter tomorrow.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands—The Virgin Islands Department of Health is actively monitoring new COVID-19 variants that are being detected around the globe. Like many viruses, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved over time. Viruses go through mutations as time goes on and these mutations are called strains or variants. In the past year there have been thousands of documented mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The latest variant is thought to be 50% more contagious than the strain that originated in Wuhan, China, a year ago.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands—The Virgin Islands Department of Health has advanced its phasebased COVID-19 vaccination plan from 1A to 1B. Per recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Phase 1A included clinical healthcare staff, residents and staff in long-term care facilities, persons in need of special care and staff in congregate living facilities (outside of nursing homes) and the elderly throughout the territory.
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands - Today Frontline healthcare workers at the Schneider Regional Medical Center continued their efforts to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Virgin Islands Department of Health along with SRMC received the first of the territory’s allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine last week. 
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. on Monday said he is calling the 33rd Legislature back into Special Session on December 29 to re-address his proposal to refinance the Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) debt to get a better interest rate and generate funds from the savings that can be used to shore up the Government Employees’ Retirement System or any other use for the funds that the Senate chooses. 
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., who also serves as the Virgin Islands Commissioner of Insurance, announces that health insurance companies authorized to conduct business in the Territory are required to waive any cost sharing for COVID-19 vaccinations- including deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payments.  
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands— An interventional nephrologist on St. Croix and an infectious disease physician on St. Thomas were among the clinical healthcare staff in the Virgin Islands to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recently authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands— The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health has joined the rest of the nation in embarking on the historic event of the receipt and distribution of the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. This is a major breakthrough and comes amid the current surge of the virus in the territory.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. on Monday said he is closing nightclubs – beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 17 – in an effort to mitigate the continued spike of COVID-19 cases in the Territory and across the mainland U.S.  Governor Bryan also said that all bars are to close from Christmas Day until at least January 8 – at which time the Department of Health will reassess the threat of the virus spreading – and that he is stepping up enforcement on property owners who allow their properties to be used for parties in violation of COVID-19 protocols.