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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States Virgin Islands

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States Virgin Islands
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationUnited States Virgin Islands
Index caseSt. Croix
Arrival dateMarch 13, 2020
(3 weeks)
Confirmed cases30
Recovered21
Deaths
0
Official website
doh.vi.gov/covid19usvi

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was reported to have spread to the United States Territory of the Virgin Islands with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 13, 2020.

Timeline

COVID-19 testing on the islands began on March 3, 2020 with the first three tests sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1]

On March 13, the first case in the territory was confirmed, and the first community transmission case was identified on March 22.[2]

As of March 27 there are 23 confirmed cases.[3]

Prevention

On March 13, the cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas was denied entry to the islands outside of allowing an injured patient to be removed from the ship.[4]

On March 25, entry of visitors to the islands was barred for 30 days.[5][6]

Response

All University of the Virgin Islands graduate and undergraduate classes to be held online.[7]

On March 23, non-essential businesses were ordered to close beginning March 25, and residents were directed to stay home.[8][9]

See also

References

  1. ^ USVI Still Has Zero COVID-19 Cases; Testing Has Begun as Virus Hits Caribbean St. Thomas Source
  2. ^ Gilbert, Ernice (March 13, 2020). "First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in U.S. Virgin Islands". The Virgin Islands Times. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | USVI Department of Health". doh.vi.gov. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  4. ^ VIPA Confirms That Coast Guard Denied Entry To Grandeur Of The Seas Cruise Ship USVI Department of Health
  5. ^ U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ENACTS TOURISM RESTRICTIONS TO ADDRESS COVID-19 PANDEMIC USVI Update
  6. ^ COVID-19 Prompts US Virgin Islands to Close Borders Travel Pulse
  7. ^ "All UVI Graduate and Undergraduate Classes to be Held Online 'Out of Abundance of Caution and Care' For Community in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic". viconsortium.com. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  8. ^ U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ENACTS TOURISM RESTRICTIONS TO ADDRESS COVID-19 PANDEMIC USVI Update
  9. ^ COVID-19 Prompts US Virgin Islands to Close Borders Travel Pulse

External links

  • Information from the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health
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