Tag: COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Health Department Sees Light At The End Of The Omicron Tunnel As COVID-19 Cases Decline

CHRISTIANSTED — During the Government House weekly briefing today, Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis reported that COVID-19 cases in the Territory continue to decline after weeks of a surge from the Omicron variant of the virus. “We are grateful for all the cooperation we’ve received from the other agencies, private supporters and you, the community, for […]

Government Says Omicron Is On The Decline As USVI Records Its 102nd Death From COVID-19

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — During the Government House weekly briefing, Lt. Governor TregenzaRoach announced the easing of some travel restrictions as the number of active COVID-19 cases continues to decline in the territory. Before announcing the lifting of the requirement that all travelers to the territory must present negativeCOVID-19 test results from within 72 hours of […]

Royal Caribbean Warns Omicron Variant Will Delay Its Return To Profitability

MIAMI — Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group said today that the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant would delay its return to profitability by a few months after posting a bigger loss than expected in the fourth quarter. The Omicron surge has in recent months forced cruise operators to change their trip itineraries and even cancel […]

2 Caribbean Countries Make State Department’s Do Not Travel List

WILLEMSTAD — Two Caribbean countries made the U.S. State Departments do not travel list because of the COVID-19 omicron variant. Barely two weeks into the new year, the State Department has already issued nearly 40 new advisories that warn Americans against traveling to certain countries. That includes 23 advisories alone that are either new or updated just […]

Governor Bryan Says Bars And Restaurants Must Close One Hour Earlier Now

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan. plans to deliver the 2022 State of the territory address at 7 p.m. January 24 from the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Chambers in St. Thomas. Speaking at Monday’s press conference at Government House, Bryan said he will update the Legislature and the people of the Virgin Islands on the ongoing […]

Infant With COVID Fights For Life At SRMC In St. Thomas For 1 Week And Counting

CHRISTIANSTED — Ten people are currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the territory’s two main hospitals, officials said this afternoon. Speaking at the weekly COVID-19 press conference at Government House, Dr. Tai Hunte-Caesar said that seven people are currently in the ICU at the Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas and three […]

St. John Resident Becomes 89th Victim Of COVID-19 In The Territory, VIDOH Says

CRUZ BAY — The Virgin Islands Department of Health on Thursday confirmed another person has fallen victim to COVID-19. A 68-year-old man on St. John recently died from the disease, according to a VIDOH press release. The USVI death total now stands at 89, since the territory first began tracking pandemic fatalities last year. With […]

Carnival Says Most Itineraries Unchanged Even As Omicron Cases Rise

MIAMI — Carnival Corp said this week a majority of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, which has threatened to stall a recovery in the cruise industry. The world’s largest cruise operator, however, said a few destination ports were reviewing their protocols and processes due to the […]

Dominican Republic Reports First Case of COVID-19 Omicron Variant

SANTO DOMINGO — The Dominican Republic has identified its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the health ministry of the Caribbean country said on Saturday. In a statement on Twitter, the ministry said Omicron had been identified in a person with mild symptoms who had arrived in the country from South Africa. The […]