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AARP Has Helpful Information For Virgin Islanders Living Through Coronavirus Crisis

CHRISTIANSTED — In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, AARP in The Virgin Islands is providing information and resources to help older Virgin Islanders and those caring for them protect themselves from the virus and help prevent it from spreading to others.

The Governor of the Virgin Islands Albert Bryan Jr., has declared a State of Emergency in the Virgin Islands and implemented a Stay at Home Order to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus – COVID 19.

Governor Bryan has asked all Virgin Islanders to stay at home and only leave the home if they are essential employees. All non-essential businesses have closed and temporarily ceased operations. Governor Bryan stated that if you have to go out of your home for essentials like groceries or prescription drugs, to maintain social distancing of six feet. If you are a senior citizen, then you must be hyper-cautious on all these points.

If you have coronavirus symptoms, call your health care provider or local public health department to figure out if you could — and should — get tested. Signs of the virus are a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. (Read more about coronavirus and how to stay safe.)

Coronavirus – COVID-19 Testing Locations:

If one line is busy, regardless of which island you live or are calling from, call the other island’s number.

State and Local Health:
The VI Department of Health offers updates on those infected, plus tips for prevention, public resources and contact information.

Updates on Status of Territory on Coronavirus – COVID 19
VI Government House Press Conferences: Facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI

Sign Up for Alert VI: Alert VI is an an emergency mass notification service free to residents. This service allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, family’s schools and more. Register here: https://member.everbridge.net/892807736729008/login

Sign up for the Disaster Registry. If you are 60 years of age or older and living alone or disabled (regardless of age) and living alone in the Virgin Islands enter your name into the Disaster Registry. Once you do, you will be contacted to determine if you need emergency assistance during a natural or man-made disaster. To register call (340) 773-6630 in St. Croix, (340) 715-6935 in St. Thomas and (340) 776-6334 in St. John or visit www.dhs.gov.vi

Emergencies:
For emergencies call 911

Hospitals:

Medicare:
The Virgin Islands State Health Insurance Assistance Program (VI SHIP)

VI MAP Program – Medicaid:
EDI Help Desk: 1 (855) 248-7536

Medicaid Call Center: (340) 715-6929

Special Services Support:

Applications for the programs are also found on the DHS website: www.dhs.gov.vi.

School Lunches: The V.I. Department of Education is distributing breakfast and lunch to students attending V.I. public, private and parochial schools in its “No V.I. Child Goes Hungry” feeding initiative, beginning Thursday, March 26. Meals will be distributed at designated locations in both school districts Monday to Friday only. Parents and students should visit the distribution site closest to their homes.

St. Croix District Pick Up
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Distribution Sites:

St. Thomas/St. John District Pick Up
Breakfast: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Lunch: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Distribution Sites:

Grocery Stores to know about:

St. Croix
Plaza Extra East and West on St. Croix are open Mondays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for seniors and older adults. Shoppers age 60 and up can shop at both locations weekly on that day and time before the stores are open to the general public.

St. Thomas
Plaza Extra in St. Thomas (Tutu), have scheduled hours on Mondays from 7 am – 10 am for shoppers age 60 years and older.

Food Delivery Services:

Island Direct is a membership only service to order food for delivery and pickup from restaurants and pick up and delivery of groceries:


Unemployment Benefits:
US Virgin Islands Department of Labor – www.vidol.gov

Contact Phone Numbers
St. Thomas
Tel: (340) 776-3700
Fax: (340) 715-5743

St. Croix
Tel: (340) 773-1994
Fax: (340) 713-3415


Caregiving Assistance:

VI Department of Human Services Family Caregivers Assistance Program: (340) 773-2323 ext. 2024

AARP Family Caregiving: www.aarp.org/caregivers


Fraud:

US Attorney’s Office District of the US Virgin Islands
www.justice.gov/usao-vi/citizen-complaints

AARP Fraud Watch Network – www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork

AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 1-877-908-3360

Isolation:
AARP Community Connections – www.aarpcommunityconnections.org

Spanish Language Information and Updates:
Entre el Pueblo – www.facebook.com/entreelpueblo

Small Business:

TheU.S. Small Business Administration is offeringlow-interestfederal disaster loans for working capital to U.S. Virgin Islands small businesses suffering substantial economic injury.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.

For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Payments:

Looking for information on stimulus payment checks? As soon as it becomes available, #IRS will share it on www.irs.gov/coronavirus

More on Coronavirus

AARP Member Benefits Guide
Download PDF of Benefits

Home Owners and Automobile Product for AARP VI Members
1-800-433-0881

AARP in The Virgin Islands
www.aarp.org/vi
Email: viaarp@aarp.org
or 1-866-389-5633TOPICS

Aggressive steps being taken by AARP during coronavirus outbreak to inform, protect older Americans.

To the 50-Plus Community, the spread of the coronavirus across our country has created a very stressful environment for all Americans and especially older people and those with underlying health conditions who are at heightened risk.

During these difficult days, I want to assure you that AARP is actively engaged in our nation’s response to the outbreak, and we are working hard to help our members, their families and broader community understand how to protect themselves.
Some of the steps we are taking include:

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

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