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Cargo Ship Worker With COVID-19 Sea Evacuated To St. Thomas Hospital Thursday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A confirmed COVID-19 patient was taken off of a cargo ship docked behind Hassel Island on Thursday and brought to St. Thomas for needed medical treatment, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Despite the fact that the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA), St. Thomas Rescue, Schneider Regional Medical Center Emergency Medical Technicians were all involved in the sea evacuation to land on St. Thomas, none of those agencies reported the rescue.

St. Thomas Rescue in action

The confirmed novel coronavirus patient was brought to the Charlotte Amalie waterfront area for extraction to the St. Thomas hospital with the assistance of VIPA K-9 units, SRMC EMTs and St. Thomas Rescue, sources close to the rescue said.

“The waterfront operation went smoothly and was professionally undertaken,” the source speaking confidentially to the V.I. Free Press observed. “The cargo ship the patient came off of remains in the outer Charlotte Amalie harbor.”

The most recent Government House communique, issued on Thursday afternoon by Governor Albert Bryan’s press secretary, specifically stated that no one was currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Hospital on St. Thomas.

Hassel Island off the coast of St. Thomas.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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