New Cases of COVID-19 Reported & Airline Suspends Flights into Territory

Two new cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. Territory. 

Governor Albert Bryan says as of Friday afternoon, a total of 19 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
The two recent positive tests are of individuals who have traveled outside of the territory.

While the federal government (Federal Aviation Administration) has not ordered Virgin Islands’ airports closed, Governor Bryan’s order for area hotels to not accept new visitors has reportedly significantly slowed the amount of visitors coming into the territory.

Also on Friday, USVI News learned Delta airlines, beginning this Saturday March 28th, will suspend all flights into St. Thomas until April 24th, and all flights into St. Croix until May 2nd.

Governor Bryan on Friday said residents should continue to stay at home, and if you must go out,  practice social distancing.

While the health and safety of residents is his number one priority he says the V.I. government is also working to mitigate the significant impact this pandemic will have on tourism.

According to the VI Department of Health, ten people who have tested positive for the Coronavirus reside in St. Thomas, nine in. St Croix. There have been no positive COVID-19 tests on St. John or Water Island, as of Friday morning.