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Bryan Requires BVIslanders To Show A Negative COVID Test Within Last 48 Hours

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At a press conference at the Public Finance Authority on St. Thomas today, Governor Albert Bryan issued new protocols for travel between the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands regarding proof of a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the USVI.

Because of the ongoing aggressive increase of COVID-19 cases in the BVI, Governor Bryan has shortened the time period for legitimate COVID-19 test results to enter the USVI from the British commonwealth from five days.

Until further notice, persons traveling from the BVI into the USVI must present test results obtained within 48 hours of traveling that show a negative COVID-19 for those who are not vaccinated or a positive antibody test for those who are vaccinated.

“Right now, we are  under full watch for what is going on in the British Virgin Islands. The current situation, ladies and gentlemen, is not good, and that’s putting it lightly,” Governor Bryan said.

As of July 14, the British Virgin Islands reported 1,559 active cases, including three COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours. The highest number of active cases reported to date in the USVI was about 200, and the U.S. Territory is about three times the size of the British Commonwealth, Governor Bryan said.

“Over 100 of their hospital workers are either with COVID or quarantined because they may have been exposed to the virus. Their positivity rate for the last week and a half exceeds 17 percent compared to us in the Virgin islands, which is at 3 percent, which is not that good either,” Governor Bryan said. “We’re doing everything we can do to help the British Virgin Islands. I have been on the phone with the State Department, the Delegate has been reaching out trying to get assistance from D.C. They are a foreign port and it makes it extremely difficult for us to send over any resources that we have.”

The Governor said he is in constant communication with FEMA, the CDC and Health and Human Services to see what assistance the USVI can give to the BVI.

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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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