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Department of Health Reminds the Public of Best Practices to Avoid COVID-19 as Case Numbers Rise

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Commissioner  of  Health  Justa  E.  Encarnacion  is  grateful  to  the  Virgin Islands Community for their continued attention during COVID-19 and urges everyone to remain vigilant  as  active  cases  are  rising  throughout  the  Territory.  Though  increases  in  numbers  is expected based on national trends, Commissioner Encarnacion wishes to reinforce the importance of the critical messages and overarching requirements provided to the public during the pandemic.

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19,  the V.I. Department of Health (VIDOH) and  Governor Bryan’s COVID-19 Taskforce worked to slow the spread of the disease by encouraging the public to  become  fully  vaccinated  and  boosted,  asking  the  public  to  practice  the  protective  guidelines shown to successfully reduce transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19.

“As our numbers are rising,” states Commissioner Encarnacion, “I urge residents and visitors to once again follow the precautionary measures by practicing social distancing around persons with whom you do not reside, wearing a mask in crowded public areas, washing your hands often with soap and warm water, and by cleaning frequently used areas thoroughly.” Remember, wearing a mask is not mandatory, but it can keep you safe if you are unsure of your environment.

Virgin  Islanders  are  also  reminded  it  is  especially  important  to  get  vaccinated  now  as  the monoclonal  antibody  is  NO  LONGER  authorized  for  use  due  to  its  lack  of  efficacy  in  the treatment  of  the  newest  variants.  The  bivalent  vaccines  remain  the  best way  to  prevent  severe disease and hospitalization.