Category: Health News

USVI Ends COVID Restrictions For U.S. Travelers Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan has issued an Executive Order removing the requirement for the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Screening Portal for all domestic travel to and from the United States, the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) said on Facebook. The Executive Order takes effect on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 (today), according to VIPA. […]

Bryan Meets with Territorial Hospital Redevelopment Team About Path Forward

DIAMOND RUBY —  Governor Albert Bryan met with the Territorial Hospital Redevelopment Team (THRT) for a status on the completion of the temporary hospital (JFL North) on St. Croix. The temporary facility is in its final phase of construction with the mechanical building, which will house essential life and safety support functions crucial to the […]

Jif Peanut Butter Under Recall For Potential Salmonella Contamination

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections that is possibly linked to Jif peanut butter products. The J.M. Smucker Company issued a voluntary recall for its creamy, crunchy, natural and reduced fat peanut butter products that were distributed nationwide, with […]

Health Commissioner Stresses Importance of Self-Monitoring As COVID-19 Goes Endemic

CHRISTIANSTED — During Monday’s weekly Government House briefing, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said it was important for residents to self-monitor as the territory transitions from the pandemic phase of COVID-19 to the endemic phase of the virus. In an endemic phase, a virus will always be circulating among the community in some like, like the flu […]

IBEX CARES: Jamaican Team Raises $6,462.69 To Help Co-Worker Who Lost Her Legs

KINGSTON — IBEX, a leading global provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) and customer engagement technology solutions, today announced its team in Jamaica raised $6,462.69 ($1 million Jamaican dollars) to help pay for new prosthetic legs for teammate Charmonique Willis. Willis lost her legs when she was two years old and needs new prosthetics. “I […]

Cayman Court Judicial Review Challenging Institutionally-Registered Doctors Questioned By Board Chairman

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Dr. Yaron Rado, Chief Radiologist and Chairman of the Board of Doctors Hospital, issued the following statement regarding the three-day judicial review, Grand Court Cases Nos 55 and 150 of 2021 challenging Institutionally registered medical professionals practicing in Cayman and the financial concessions awarded to them. “To set the scene: Unlike […]

Health Department Observes World Immunization Week This Week

CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health is observing World Immunization Week (WIW) this week. WIW is a global public health campaign that raises awareness and increases rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. It aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect […]

Prenatal Ward At Juan F. Luis Hospital Shut Down Due To Cleanliness Concerns Of Staff

CHRISTIANSTED — The Juan F. Luis Hospital closed its prenatal ward two weeks ago and moved it to the post-partum unit of the medical facility, the Juan F. Luis Hospital management said Saturday. Concerns with the cleanliness of its Labor and Delivery (L&D) unit of the hospital were reported by the staff on duty the […]

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Puerto Rico’s Exclusion From Welfare Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court this week rejected a bid to extend a federal program offering benefits to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people to residents of Puerto Rico, finding that Congress had the authority to prevent those living in the American territory from receiving the assistance. The justices ruled 8-1 in favor of […]

Governor Bryan Tests Positive for COVID-19

Chief Executive cancels all public appearances and is self-quarantining in accordance with CDC and V.I. Department of Health guidelines CHRISTIANSTED — After returning to the territory on Tuesday afternoon following a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., and Miami, Governor Albert Bryan tested positive for COVID-19 early this morning. While Governor Bryan is asymptomatic and in good […]