DOH Clarifies Misinformation About Contact Tracing Contract

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (July 22, 2020) The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health has adhered to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Property and Procurement as it relates to selecting Avera, Inc. as a potential vendor for a contact tracing application.

Currently, the department has no contract in place with Avera, Inc. The US Virgin Islands Department of Health requested proposals for a COVID-19 contact tracing application in an effort to better control and monitor the spread of COVID-19. After researching contact tracing companies and options in the U.S., on June 28, 2020, the department identified three companies who could provide the services.

Those companies were Aytu Bioscience, AMC Health, and Avera, Inc. The department requested a COVID-19 contact tracing application that could support its surveillance needs. Only Avera, Inc. responded to the request. The department moved forward with the vetting process once the proposal was received.