Category: Health News

Bureau of Internal Revenue Issuing Another $25 Million In Income Tax Refunds

CHRISTIANSTED — During Monday’s weekly briefing, Government House Communications Director Richard Motta Jr. announced that the Government of the Virgin Islands (GVI) is distributing another $25 million in income tax refunds, which includes refunds from tax year 2020. This latest issuance addresses 2019 and prior year refunds that have been filed on time and are not […]

Find Out What Beach You Should Avoid This Weekend: DPNR Beach Advisory

CHRISTIANSTED — One beach in St. Croix failed to meet established standards for water quality and should be avoided this weekend, according to the latest DPNR Beach Advisory. The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach WaterQuality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimmingbeaches throughout the territory by […]

Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer Lotion Recalled Due To Possibly Harmful Bacteria

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health warned that Kao USA Inc., the makers of Jergens® Ultra Healing Moisturizer 3 oz and 10 oz products have issued a voluntary recall of these products. According to Health, the precautionary recall was prompted by the possible presence of Pluralibacter gergoviae, a bacterium which typically poses little […]

Juan F. Luis Hospital Installs Advanced Equipment For Women’s Health

CHRISTIANSTED — The Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) is working with Hologic, a medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment. The Estate Diamond Ruby health care facility now owns the advanced equipment necessary to perform Myosure and Novasure minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. JFL […]

If You Want The World’s Cleanest Air, Try Moving To The U.S. Virgin Islands

CHRISTIANSTED — At least four million people die each year due to outdoor air pollution, according to the World Health Organization, a leading global network of public health experts. Air particulates with a diameter of 2.5 microns or smaller can penetrate the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing damage to the cardiovascular and respiratory system. They can even “provoke” […]

Health Department Confirms 110th COVID-19 Death In The Territory

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed the 110th death related to COVID-19 in the territory since the pandemic began in March 2020. The deceased is a 77-year-old man on St. Croix, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion speaking at Government House’s COVID-19 update this afternoon. “The entire Department of Health family […]

U.S. Travelers Can Now Submit Proof of Vaccination For Entry Into U.S. Virgin Islands

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands continue to see a decline in COVID-19 cases allowing Governor Bryan to announce an ease in requirements for domestic travelers. Effective as of March 7, travelers who are fully vaccinated in the United States and USVI can submit proof of vaccination and are no longer required to provide a negative COVID test for […]

Students Coping With Mental Health Challenges Due To COVID-19: Committee Hears

FREDERIKSTED — Members of the Committee on Education and Workforce Development, led by Senator Genevieve R. Whitaker met in the Frits Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room. Lawmakers received testimony on the following bills: Bill No. 34-0086, An Act amending Title 17 Virgin Islands Code, chapter 10, section 111(a) relating to school health programs to provide mental […]

Teachers, Education Staff Don’t Believe In Vaccines, Putting Students More At Risk For COVID-19 Infections

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With students back to in-person learning as of Monday, the Virgin Islands Department of Education is tasked with implementing its plan for using American Rescue Plan funds to combat pandemic-related student learning loss, and comply with rigid COVID-19 safety protocols among other responsibilities, as first reported in the Daily News. Victor Somme […]

Service Members Receive Care Packages For COVID-19 Support

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Members of the Virgin Islands National Guard serving on COVID-19 orders were among the 50 States and territories to receive Operation Gratitude care packages as part of a campaign to show appreciation to the men and women serving on COVID-19 orders for their continued steadfast commitment to the local and federal agencies. […]