Governor Bryan Updates Public on COVID Testing at VI Airports

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday, during his weekly press conference, that the pilot phase for COVID testing at the territory’s airports began this weekend.

In June, the VI Department of Tourism created a portal where travelers can upload negative tests prior to travel into the territory. Since then, the VI Department of Health (DOH), working with the VI National Guard (VING), has also stepped up screening protocols at VI airport terminals.  The added screening protocols include testing at the airports which is currently in its pilot phase.

This past weekend DOH tested 34 incoming passengers – six at the Cyril E. King Airport and 29 at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. As a result, the DOH identified and isolated a COVID positive traveler who was a local Virgin Islander returning to St. Croix.

 “As we move forward into the holiday season, we will continue to monitor closely the efficacy of these increased protocols,” Governor Bryan said.

On Saturday, the moratorium was lifted on leisure travel bookings for hotels, guest houses, Airbnb’s and other related lodging businesses, as well as for guest check-in at these establishments.

“I know this step forward makes many in our community nervous and apprehensive,” Governor Bryan said. “But I want to assure you all that we are taking this step forward with the utmost care and caution and have taken the time since our last reopening to put in place added protocols to help protect our community.”

Governor Bryan also reminded the public that all travelers to the territory, including local Virgin Islanders returning home, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within five days prior to travel into the territory.

“I want to be clear this is all travelers into the territory,” Governor Bryan said. “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from.”

PUI Update

As of Monday, 64 active cases of COVID-19 in the territory:

There are no COVID-positive patients at the Juan Luis Hospital, but there are five COVID-positive patients in the Schneider Regional Medical Center.

Unemployment

As of Monday, the VI Department of Labor has issued:

That means, to date, the Bryan-Roach Administration had issued a total of 68,372 unemployment benefit payments to Virgin Islands residents totaling $76,370,577, up $4.2 million since last week.

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4 thoughts on “Governor Bryan Updates Public on COVID Testing at VI Airports”

  1. Governor Bryan,
    Thank you for protecting our island. It appears we are on the road to reestablishing our businesses and promoting tourism.
    Hopefully, the clubs, bars, and restaurants will reopen at least 75% capacity soon.
    Restaurants are closing, some never to return; however, there are some states in the U.S. that are having a good measure of success in fighting this virus and re-opening businesses at the same time. Most cities are much larger than the entire USVI.
    I have been traveling to these islands since the ’70s and I have a personal and public interest in bringing them back to life; re-launching tourism and celebrating the diverse culture, food, and music with the rest of the world.
    Thank you for your ongoing press conferences to keep us updated on the virus and new supplemental orders.
    It is important for clubs, bars, and restaurants to re-open at least at 75% capacity. Most of these businesses can barely make payroll at 50%.
    Tourism is our main source of income and if nothing is open, no one will come to celebrate our diverse culture incredible food, and magical music of the island.
    Governor, please do not be afraid to step out of the norm and base your decisions on the minimal statistics of the virus on the USVI.
    The local businesses must be re-opened soon. At least before the “season” opens. We cannot lose the tourism business this year. We have barely recovered from Maria and Irma.
    Thank you for your service to the islands. May you continue to make decisions based on an overall objective as to what is best for all members of the community.
    Thank you,
    Victoria Wilson

  2. Good Evening Honorable Governor Bryan,
    Trust that you and your family are staying well and keeping safe.
    Thanks so much for your creative and innovative leadership. You are here for such a time as this and our community is blessed to have you at the helm. Your decisive actions keep us calm, confident and at peace. I am praying for you that God continue to bless you with wisdom and good judgment to make the right decisions for the people you serve. I am proud of you.

  3. This is crazy. We are returning home to the VI after a month stateside. Our flight is on a Sunday. It is almost impossible to get a test and result within 5 days of travel. Most testing sites will not guarantee delivery of results. Most testing sites are saying 5-7 BUSINESS days. It is impossible to get a rapid test. They are booked out through the end of the year. This can not work. You have to have a plan in place that is working and not implement a plan that has not already been worked out. How can we return home without be sent to quarantine jail?

  4. Aliyah Dibartolomeo

    What age does a child need to take a covid test coming into the Virgin islands I’ve seen some websites say five and over and then I’ve seen others saying under fifteen I have no idea if my two children need to take a covid test

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