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USVI Hospitals Report Hospitalizations Due to COVID-19

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The VI Department of Health, today, received reports of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 from both of the Territory’s hospitals. VI Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion is reminding the public that COVID-19 is still circulating in the Territory, especially now with an influx of summer visitors.

The Juan F. Luis Hospital on St. Croix reported three (3) hospitalizations, with one patient on a ventilator. The Roy Lester Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas is reporting six (6) hospitalizations, with none on ventilation.

“COVID-19 is still with us, and it remains a deadly virus,” said VI Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion. “The COVID vaccine is the most effective method to prevent severe symptoms and to curb the spread of the virus. However, we must also continue to do all the things necessary to stay safe – washing and sanitizing hands often, using the inside of the elbow to cover a cough or sneeze, staying home when feeling unwell, and feel free to wear a mask for protection in public places.”

The commissioner also emphasized that older adults and individuals with a weakened immune system are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“If you suspect you have COVID-19 and live with an elderly person or someone who is immunocompromised, please be extremely cautious,” Commissioner Encarnacion said. “Limit any close contact and wear a mask.”

Dr. Tai Hunte-Ceasar, Chief Medical Officer for the VI Department of Health, added that, “if you feel you have COVID-19, get tested immediately. Getting tested will help determine whether you need treatment and what you need to do to prevent the spread.”

COVID-19 is easily transmitted and spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

The VI Department of Health offers the COVID vaccine at no cost to the uninsured population and to individuals who are underinsured, meaning their insurance does not cover the cost of the COVID vaccine.

The COVID vaccine is available on St. Croix from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, at the Department of Health’s clinic located on the second floor of #35 Castle Coakley Unit 5, known as the Old Caribe Home Center building.

On St. Thomas, for adults, vaccinations are available from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursday, at the Community Health Clinic located at the Schneider Regional Medical Center. For the flu vaccine, call (340) 774-7477 to make an appointment. For children, vaccinations are available at the Maternal Child Health clinic.

For the COVID vaccine availability at the Morris De Castro Clinic at Cruz Bay, St. John, please call (340) 776-6400.

The department is also working to provide the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals covered by insurance during the month of July. Until then, insured individuals are advised to visit their private provider or an urgent care facility for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about COVID-19, visit