Health Department Urges Residents to Follow COVID-19 Safety Protocols Heading Into Carnival Week on St. Thomas

Number of active cases remain higher than hoped throughout Territory

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — During Tuesday’s weekly Government House briefing, Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis said the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the Territory has remained higher that health officials had hoped, and she urged residents to take precautions against spreading the virus as Carnival season begins.

“As we embark on Carnival on St. Thomas, it is imperative that each of us do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Dr. Ellis said. “Please follow the recommended guidelines on hand-washing and social distancing, especially with persons with whom you do not reside.

“As far as mask-wearing is concerned, we know that masks are not mandated, but please consider your own health and safety. Wear a mask, especially when you are in large crowds,” Dr. Ellis said.

During Carnival, the Department of Health will have a van and a tent at the Carnival Village and will provide COVID-19 vaccines, as well as COVID-19, HIV and STD testing, each night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Additionally, anyone who becomes fully vaccinated through April 30, whether at the clinics or at the Village or Food Fair, will receive the $250 incentive gift card.

COVID-19 cases as of April 18

•           5.67% seven-day positivity rate

•           Currently tracking 135 active cases (70 STX; 61 STT; 4 STJ)

•           356,416 tests have been administered

•           15,928 people have tested positive

•           68,679 first doses of vaccine have been administered

•           56,578 second doses of vaccine have been administered

•           There are no COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Luis Hospital on St. Croix or at Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas. 

Free Vaccinations

Free vaccinations are available in both districts at the Community Vaccination Centers at the Charles Harwood Complex on St. Croix and at Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas:

Pediatric vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 on St. Thomas are available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the Maternal Child Health Center at Schneider Hospital. Call 340-777-8227 to make an appointment. Please bring IDs for the child and parent or guardian, as well as a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Pop-Up Vaccinations

On St. John, vaccinations will remain available for all age groups from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the V.I. Port Authority gravel parking lot.

Testing on St. John also is available from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at the V.I. Port Authority gravel lot.

More COVID-19 information

The hours for the Department of Health hotlines will change beginning March 2 to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Anyone who thinks they may have contracted COVID-19 can call the Epidemiology hotline at 340-712-6299 (STX) or 340-776-1519 (STT-STJ). For more information, visit

For information about the COVID-19 vaccines or to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated, call the VITEMA hotline Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 340-777-VACS (8227).

Vaccination appointments also can be scheduled online at The Department of Health will bring the COVID-19 vaccine to children and adults who are homebound.

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