Statement by Honourable Marlon Penn - COVID-19 and other Infectious Diseases

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 11:19am

Madam Speaker, the Ministry of Health and Social Development continues to monitor regional and global health trends that could impact the Virgin Islands, and is pleased to note that current statistics show a significant reduction in the transmission and impact of COVID-19 worldwide.  Recent reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate considerably lower rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to 2021 and the beginning of 2022.  However, there have been increasing numbers of new COVID-19 infections and deaths observed in specific countries – namely, the United States of America, Russia, and Brazil.  Regionally, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has reported very marginal increases in COVID-19 related deaths and cases among its member states. However, it is important interpret the current trends cautiously, as most countries have seen an overall decrease in testing.  After almost two years of strict public health measures, most countries have returned to normal operations and pre-pandemic behaviours and activities. 

Mask Policy Discontinued For Public Offices

Thursday, 20 October 2022 - 4:32pm

Deputy Governor Mr. David D. Archer Jr said the ‘Mask Policy for Public Officers and Offices’ will be discontinued effective November 1.

Governor Receives Second Booster

Friday, 12 August 2022 - 10:46am

His Excellency, Governor John Rankin, is featured as he received his second booster at the D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

Virgin Islands To Discontinue COVID-19 Test Entry Requirements

Thursday, 14 July 2022 - 10:40am

Effective Friday July 15, persons visiting the Virgin Islands will no longer be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to gain entry.

Hurricane Supplies To Be Distributed On Friday, July 15

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 - 4:13pm

The public is advised that there will be a distribution of hurricane preparedness supplies, COVID-19 related items and general hygiene supplies on Friday, July 15 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Social Development Department located at John’s Hole.

New COVID-19 Variants Emerge - Public Urged To Remain Vigilant

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 - 1:52pm

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges is reminding the public to remain vigilant as new COVID-19 variants continue to emerge.

Reminder Of Updated Covid-19 Protocols For The Virgin Islands

Monday, 27 June 2022 - 11:09am

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is reminding the community of the current COVID-19 protocols for the Virgin Islands.

Mask Policy Extended For Public Offices

Friday, 24 June 2022 - 3:11pm

The public is notified of an extension to the ‘Public Health Measures in The Current Context of COVID-19’ policy, specifically related to wearing masks in public offices.

Mask Policy Extended For Public Offices

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 - 4:27pm

Deputy Governor, Mr. David D. Archer Jr, has stated that there is an extension of the previous ‘Public Health Measures In The Current Context Of COVID-19’ policy, specifically related to wearing masks in certain Government offices with high public interaction.

Updated - Government Relaxes COVID-19 Protocols In The VI

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 - 3:09pm

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn has announced that protocols are being relaxed including legal mask mandates commencing June 15.