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For Immediate Release

Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

Contacts:

Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784
ahenneman@usvitourism.vi

Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861-  2056
bevan@marketplaceexcellence.com

February 27, 2020
USVI DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM STATEMENT
ON CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism continues to monitor closely the worldwide developments surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Department’s representatives are communicating regularly with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to keep abreast of the all news related to the spread of the virus, particularly in our region. CHTA is working closely with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the regional public health agency for the Caribbean.

We are also closely collaborating with our fellow  government agencies, including the USVI Department of Health, along with the Virgin Islands Port Authority and The West Indian Company Limited.

As expected, we are diligently abiding by all recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertaining to the spread of the disease, steps for reporting and evaluating a person under investigation, risk assessment, public health management, and other matters surrounding the virus.

We also are in regular communication with our travel partners, including the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), both of which have been proactive in sharing emerging intelligence and updates of the FCCA/CLIA Public Health Policy.

To date, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Caribbean, and we are adhering to the various protocols as advised by CDC and other health authorities.

Should there be any reported cases, we are prepared to work with our public health partners and other critical agencies who are trained to implement quarantine and other isolation measures.

ENDS