Key Takeaways from Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s COVID-19 Press Conference (June 1, 2020) Home » Press Releases » Government House » Key Takeaways from Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s COVID-19 Press Conference (June 1, 2020) 6 Responses to Key Takeaways from Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s COVID-19 Press Conference (June 1, 2020) Aixa June 1, 2020 I have plans to a pleasure trip in boat from june 4 to june 8 and want to reserve in an hotel in saint thomas. is there any restriction because of COVID Darcel Choy June 2, 2020 Dear Aixa, Thank you for contacting us. The safety of residents of and visitors to the Territory is our highest priority as we work together to minimize the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Routine temperature checks and health screenings are being conducted at ports of entry. No quarantine is required if travelers are healthy. Testing, quarantine and isolation protocols are in place for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 and also for contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Kindly see the following notices that provide current information pertaining to the Territory’s COVID-19 response: Tool Kit for Travelers (https://bit.ly/3df5Vf1) Travel Advisory: (https://bit.ly/2MgxuJ9) Information for Leisure Travelers: (https://bit.ly/2ye202R) Information for Marine Vessels and Passengers: (https://bit.ly/35uiCiW) We encourage you to stay safe and continue to monitor usviupdate.com. Gary June 3, 2020 If while visiting the USVI from the lower 48 I come in contact with someone that later tests positive what is the policy? Will I be allowed to fly home? What is the policy if I contract Covid while in the USVI? Darcel Choy June 6, 2020 Dear Gary Thank you for contacting us. Please review our toolkit for travelers and our health and safety guidelines at https://usviupdate.wpengine.com/tool-kit-for-travelers/ If a guest develops symptoms, they should be isolated to reduce risks of infection for others and the Department of Health’s EPI hotline called immediately: (340) 712-6299 (St. Croix); (340)-776-1519 (St. Thomas/St. John/Water Island). They should remain isolated in a room on a temporary basis until seen or instructed by the local health authorities. No visitors should be permitted to enter the room occupied by the affected guest. Depending on the availability of rooms, accompanying guests, if any, should be moved to a different room. If emergency care is not required, and in order to minimize risk of contaminating other guests or staff, symptomatic guests should be quarantined in a separate room, according to instructions from the management and local health authority. Management of the possible contacts of the sick guest should follow instructions from the local public health authority. The Epidemiology team conducts contact tracing as part of the standard protocol. All contacts of COVID-19 patients should be quarantined for 14 days from the last time they were exposed to the patient. If a contact develops symptoms, it is important to contact the Department of Health hotline. It is imperative that the contact should wear a medical mask, considered as a suspected case, and treated as such. Additional information can be sourced at the following links: https://usviupdate.wpengine.com/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-updates/ https://bit.ly/2MgxuJ9 https://doh.vi.gov/ https://www.covid19usvi.com/ Michael June 10, 2020 We are planning a trip to St. John’s in the coming weeks with our two young children. What happens if when we check in to our flight to fly back home to The lower 48 one of our young children has an elevated temperature (which can happen for many reasons). Also, if we are not allowed to fly back that day will a hotel rent us a room so we aren’t left without a place to stay? Darcel Choy June 15, 2020 Hi Michael, Thank you for contacting us. A medical history and a physical examination will be conducted by staff from the Department of Health. If this assessment reveals suspicion of COVID-19, then the child will be placed in quarantine until the COVID-19 test result is available. The Department of Health has made provision for the quarantine and isolation of visitors and contacts suspected and confirmed for COVID-19 in either hotel accommodation or a medical facility. Kindly see the following notices that provide current information pertaining to the Territory’s COVID-19 response: Tool Kit for Travelers (https://bit.ly/3df5Vf1) Travel Advisory: (https://bit.ly/2MgxuJ9) Information for Leisure Travelers: (https://bit.ly/2ye202R) Information for Marine Vessels and Passengers: (https://bit.ly/35uiCiW) We encourage you to stay safe and continue to monitor usviupdate.com.