Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald Georges has reported that there are 151 active cases of COVID-19 in the Territory with most cases experiencing mild symptoms.
Dr. Georges said six persons were admitted to the Dr. D. Orlando Smith hospital but not as a direct result of COVID-19. He reminded persons who are positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate for a period of 10 days. He said persons can resume normal activities if they test negative by rapid test 7 days after onset of symptoms or on completion of 10 days of self-isolation without a COVID-19 test.
“Persons who have been exposed to a positive case meaning a mask-less contact for at least 15 minutes or who think that they have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 should ensure that they wear a well-fitted mask when around others.” Dr. Georges advised.
The Acting Chief Medical Officer further stated that COVID-19 positive persons should also avoid contact with vulnerable persons for 10 to 14 days, conduct a COVID-19 test 5 to 7 days after the exposure and continue to monitor themselves for 10-14 days after which they can go back to normal precautions.
Dr. Georges is urging the community to remain vigilant and seek to self-isolate and be tested if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever, aches, cough, or nasal symptoms. Persons experiencing more severe symptoms or who may be vulnerable should seek medical attention.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development is reminding residents to continue to do their part to reduce their risk of the severe impacts of COVID-19 by washing and/or sanitising hands, wearing masks properly, physically distancing and covering coughs and sneezes regardless of their vaccination status.
The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to improving the health of the people of the Territory.