US Virgin Islands to drop COVID-19 State of Emergency this month

By Rumi Samuel Published on June 18, 2022
US Virgin Islands to drop COVID-19 State of Emergency this month

The US Virgin Islands government has announced that it will not be seeking an extension to the State of Emergency beyond June 30.

Last evening, the government said it is using the next two weeks to wind down from the COVID Pandemic Emergency”.

Governor Albert Bryan explained that the territory had entered the “endemic phase of Covid-19”.

“Together, we’ve successfully managed this pandemic and its expected surges. We are at a point now where we have moved solidly into the endemic phase of Covid-19,” said Bryan. “I want to thank all Virgin Islanders for coming together and facing the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic as the resilient and determined people we are. We’ve emerged from two years of hardships and losses of loved ones to be stronger than ever, and I am confident that if we continue to do the common-sense things and follow the basic guidelines of our Health Department, we will continue to be alright moving forward.”

The SoE was called on March 13, 2020, when the first cases of COVID-19 were detected on the US Virgin Islands.

Since then, the territory has detected over 20,400 cases and 115 deaths.

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