Government of the Virgin Islands of the United States
US Virgin Islands — The VI Department of Health (DOH) asks the public to follow COVID-19 safety practices as positive cases steadily rise. The highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 variant is the predominant variant in both the United States and the USVI.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Omicron BA.2 variant spreads more quickly than earlier variants, including the Delta variant. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection, regardless of vaccination status or whether or not they have symptoms, can spread the virus to others.
Virgin Islands data shows we are presently experiencing higher than expected cases and that is the reason DOH is emphasizing adherence to the safety practices. We currently have 244 active COVID-19 cases. Our positivity rate is 5.62% and we have three (3) COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized at the Schneider Regional Medical Center.
DOH urges individuals to take responsibility for their personal health as well as the well-being of their loved ones. If you are high risk or you are close to someone who is considered “high risk” for COVID-19, do not attend crowded events. “High risk” includes people at an increased risk for severe illness.
The “high risk” group consists of the unvaccinated, elderly people, and people of any age with the following: • Cancer • Chronic kidney disease • Chronic liver disease • Chronic lung diseases • Cystic fibrosis • Dementia or other neurological conditions • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) • Disabilities • Heart conditions • HIV infection • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) • Mental health conditions • Overweight and obesity • Physical inactivity • Pregnancy • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia • Smoking, current or former • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease • Substance use disorders • Tuberculosis.
If you suspect you have COVID-19 please call the COVID19 Hotline at (340) 712-6299 or (340) 776-1519 for information on scheduling a test. The Hotline is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Testing is also available on St. John every Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the VI Port Authority (VIPA) Gravel Lot. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. For more information, visit covid19usvi.com. For COVID19 updates, text COVID19USVI to 888777.
Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know | CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html
COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
COVID-19 Information for Specific Groups of People | CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html