Unfortunately the Air Conditioning unit at the Department of Health’s (DOH) Charles Harwood Complex, located on St. Croix was not able to be repaired Friday/over the weekend. Due to attempting to repair the unit it had been turned off since Friday, August 12th. After the Executive Team walked through the Charles Harwood Complex and addressed employees concerns/health issues it was determined that the condition in the Complex was not suitable for staff to remain. As a result Commissioner of Health, Michelle S. Davis, Phd, suspended services and allowed the St. Croix DOH staff to leave the premises at 10am today; services will also be suspended tomorrow, Tuesday August 16th, as the DOH works to repair the AC unit.
The Community Health Clinic was committed to seeing all scheduled appointments. Those patients were seen on the air conditioned mobile Health Van.
The technician will be on the DOH premises this afternoon and will be staying for several days to get the chillers up and running. The facility staff will be using hazmat suites to reduce levels of mold in the building. Currently dehumidifiers and fans are being used to control the mold condition in the Complex.
The Executive Team is monitoring the situation closely and will update the employees and the public as to the status of when services will completely resume at the Charles Harwood Complex.