USVI reports another case of COVID-19
Cruz Bay, St John, Virgin Islands. Photo: iStock/cdwheatley
A third person has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).
This was confirmed by Governor Albert Bryan Jr at a media briefing on Thursday (March 19).
“Like the previous two cases that individual remains under quarantine and is expected to fully recover,” Bryan Jr stated.
Officials are currently awaiting the tests of 21 people who are suspected to have contracted the virus.
Bryan Jr announced a ban on social gatherings with more than ten people.
These regulations will be strictly enforced from 6 am on March 21.
Bars will be allowed to operate but only ten people can be seated at a time.
Funerals are also exempt from the social gathering ban but Bryan Jr asked that only immediate family members be allowed to attend.
He said the Plaza Extra chain will offer a “senior shopping hour” on March 23, between 7 am and 10 am, to protect older Virgin Islanders from contracting the virus.
Bryan Jr stated: “While we understand that this is very disruptive to our community, we must cooperate to prevent the further spread of this disease.”
Effective March 23 to April 6, Government Services will be restricted to essential services only.
He granted a 60-day extension to all licences and permits issued by the territory.
The Governor pleaded with Virgin Islanders to adhere to the rules set out in a recently declared state of emergency since he does not want to impose a curfew.