Category: Health News

CDC Lowers COVID-19 Warnings For Cruise Ships And Some Caribbean Islands

MIAMI — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday moved several popular beach destinations — as well as cruise ship travel — into categories at lower risk of spreading the coronavirus. The public health agency reassigned travel warnings for nine vacation destinations in the Caribbean and Atlantic from Level 4 — which means […]

Department of Health Hosts Health Fair In Recognition of Women’s History Month

CHRISTIANSTED — The Department of Health (VIDOH) invites the public to participate in a special Health Fair in celebration of Women’s Health Month on Friday, March 18th. The Fair will be held in the Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay, St. John from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Women’s Health Services offered will include conversations, […]

Governor Bryan Drops Indoor Mask Requirement Effective Immediately

CHRISTIANSTED — During the Government House weekly press briefing today, Governor Albert Bryan dropped the indoor mask mandate — effective immediately — no longer requiring face coverings indoors. There are a few notable exceptions such as: indoor and outdoor areas at ports of entry; indoor and outdoor areas at public, private and parochial schools and […]

3 Vaccines Every Employee Should Have

Getting vaccinated against diseases like the flu, shingles, and COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself from infection and possible lifelong side effects. Read this article for more details. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t seem like it’s going away anytime soon. With that in mind, it’s important that we keep our workers safe from possible […]

Human Services Employee Distributed Medicaid Funds To Friends, Family Outside The USA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George today announced the arrest of Department of Human Services employee Edith Brathwaite of St. Thomas. Brathwaite was arrested by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) for allegedly defrauding the Virgin Islands Medicaid program, according to Attorney General George. […]

Caribbean Falling Behind in COVID-19 Fight, PAHO Warns

KINGSTON — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday that the Caribbean was falling behind in its effort to fight COVID-19 as only 63 per cent of its eligible population was vaccinated and large regional discrepancies persist. Out of 13 countries and territories in the Americas that have not yet reached the World […]

Health Department Notes 8 Deaths In 8 Days As COVID-19 Claims Another Victim In Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With eight COVID-19 related deaths in eight days, the Virgin Islands Department of Health announced that yet another person has died from coronavirus. VIDOH confirmed that the 109th person to die is a 52-year-old male on St. Thomas. “Commissioner Encarnacion would like to share condolences from the entire Department of Health to […]

USVI To Relax COVID-19 Restrictions So More Cruise Ships Can Visit The Territory

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — As cases onboard cruise ships continue to drop, the government will relax the entry requirements for cruise liners to enter the area and visit the territory.  Although cruise ships accounted for tens of thousands of passengers visiting the islands daily before the pandemic, the strict regulations that have been in place coupled […]

Health Department Confirms 3 More COVID-19 Related Deaths In The Territory

CHRISTIANSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Health has confirmed that the territory’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 108. The dead person was an 88-year-old woman on St. Croix, according to the Health Department. “Commissioner Encarnacion would like to share condolences from the entire Department of Health to the family of the deceased,” the […]

FDA Warns Parents To Stop Using These Baby Formulas After 4 Infants Hospitalized

STURGIS — Abbott Laboratories said on Thursday it was recalling powdered baby formulas, including Similac, made at a Michigan facility after four consumers complained about bacterial infections in infants who consumed the products. The complaints were related to Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria or Salmonella. Newport and Abbott will also recall its Alimentum and EleCare baby formulas manufactured at […]