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CDC flags the British Virgin Islands

Stating the territory’s resources may be limited to handle severe illness caused by COVID-19, the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning against travel to the British Virgin Islands at this time.

The CDC’s risk assessment of the BVI classified the territory as having Level 3 COVID-19 transmission status, which means the risk of contracting the virus in is “high and new cases are increasing”.

It, therefore, urged travellers to “avoid” and consider postponing essential and non-essential travel to the territory.

“Within the last 14 days, new cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands increased. If you get sick in the British Virgin Islands and need medical care, resources may be limited,” the CDC said in an August three advisory.

It continued: “Some examples of essential travel may include travelling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel to the British Virgin Islands.”

The CDC also informed travellers that the current policy in the territory may include being tested and quarantined for 14 days because of the virus.

“If you test positive on arrival, you may be required to isolate for a period of time. You may even be prevented from returning to the United States, as scheduled. If you get exposed to a person with COVID-19 while abroad, you may be quarantined or not be permitted to return to the United States until 14 days after your last exposure,” it stated.

There are now 47 positive cases in the territory — a large number of which emerged in recent times.

READ: Nearly 1,500 undocumented cases suspected to be in BVI

Notably, Premier Andrew Fahie has said there are only eight ventilators available in the territory.

Ventilators are machines used to assist persons to breathe. Severe COVID-19 cases usually require the use of ventilators.

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23 Comments

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  1. Obviously says:

    Because of population small so the covid cases percentage rate will be high..

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  2. Ok then says:

    Covid free BVI

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  3. Ronald says:

    The place small. You bound to come into contact with someone at the bank, supermarket or on the road somewhere with the virus. That’s a vibes.

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  4. Hmmm says:

    Barbados..now BVI…..CDC flagging everyone except the d**n USA that got over 6 million cases…..stupesssssss

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  5. Irrelevant says:

    Ports are closed. This is almost irrelevant for “travelers”.

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  6. impact of not following covid recomendations says:

    Well now we see the impact of not following covid recommendations re social distancing, face masks and hygien. Tourism will take a hit until we get this under control. Our friends and family may get sick or worse die. This is exactly why we are all in this together. Do your part!!

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  7. The Truth says:

    Who say we want American travelers right now anyway? I hope they flag themselves.

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  8. PROCEDURES FOR MASKS says:

    7. (1) Subject to this section, every person shall wear a face mask, at all times when in a public place, including at any establishment, gatherings and on public transportation.

    (2) Subsection (1) shall not apply where a person is

    (a) in open air settings and maintains a physical distance of no less than six feet from any other person who may be nearby;
    (b) driving alone, or is with members of his or her household;
    (c) obtaining services at a healthcare facility, including hospitals, medical or dental clinics, pharmacies, elderly facilities, facilities providing veterinary care or similar services for animals, and is directed by an employee at the healthcare facility to remove his or her face mask or face shield;
    (d) is consuming food or drinks;
    (e) in an assigned office, which consists of an enclosed room and is not shared by other persons;
    (f) at an assigned office space and physical distancing protocols specified to in section 6 are being adhered to; or
    (g) required to remove the mask or face shield in order to ascertain his or her identity or for security purposes.

    (3) A face shield may be worn instead of a face mask by the following persons:

    (a) a child twelve years and under, who may have difficulty wearing a face mask for a prolonged period;
    (b) a person who has a health conditions which may cause breathing or medical difficulties if the person wears a face mask for a prolonged period;
    (c) a person who has intellectual and developmental disabilities;
    (d) a person who care for those who rely on lip reading to communicate;
    (e) a person who is speaking to a group in a classroom or lecture-style setting;
    (f) a person delivering a television broadcasts, in a safe and controlled environment where the physical distancing protocols and sanitisation measures specified in section 6 are being adhered to throughout the recording or filming process.

    (4) Every establishment including offices, businesses and organisations shall ensure that all staff and customers wear a face mask or face shield, as the case may be, when inside, or in line, to access goods or services at the establishment and shall ensure that the measures specified in subsection (5) are adhered to.

    (5) For the purposes of subsection (4), every establishment shall ensure that all staff wear a face mask when

    (a) physical distancing protocols cannot in a particular circumstance be adhered to;
    (b) providing good or services in an enclosed location;
    (c) performing work off-site, such as delivery services; or
    (d) working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others.

  9. Huh! says:

    Does the CDC not realise that persons cannot travel to the BVI. It might as well have warned that travel to the Sun should be avoided!
    Do these people get paid?

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  10. CDC says:

    Great call CDC, since we can’t go there anyway!

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  11. Dr Picko voice says:

    Envy of the Caribbean

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  12. REALLY! says:

    Every D**n TIME SOMETHING HAPPEN, You all jump on the d**n phone to go call people. Now who the H**l Call the CDC to tell them anything? Nobody ask for their opinion. They need to deal with the USVI and mind their business. It is only because their infested rats keep coming here to cause problems. Keep them THERE!

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  13. Barr humbug says:

    You sure they said bvi and not just virgin islands (meaning USVI?). The last time I checked, our borders were closed.

  14. READ AND UNDERSTAND says:

    STOP, gather your bearings, DON’T jump the gun. COMPREHEND what CDC is advising:

    “The CDC’s risk assessment of the BVI classified the territory as having Level 3 COVID-19 transmission status, WHICH MEANS the risk of contracting the virus in is “high and new cases are increasing”.

    “It, therefore, urged travellers to “avoid” and consider POSTPONING ESSENTIAL and NON-ESSENTIAL travel to the territory.” (THIS ALSO MEANS LOCALS LOOKING TO RETURN…IS IT A RUSH TO RETURN?”)

    “It continued: “Some EXAMPLES of ESSENTIAL travel may include travelling for HUMANITARIAN AID WORK, medical reasons, or FAMILY EMERGENCIES. Older adults, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions, and others at increased risk for severe illness should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel to the British Virgin Islands.”

    Some of you so quick to get on social media to act bright.

  15. LAWLESS SOCIETY says:

    On my way home today in my neighborhood:

    1. Three different scooters with passengers and no mask wearing except for 1 passenger

    2. Three men in close proximity facing each other speaking, 1 had a mask below his chin the others were not wearing masks

    3. Lady standing by the driver side of a car (no mask on) talking to the driver

    This was in the space of 2 minutes.

    It’s everybody else fault but the people who not following safety rules.

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  16. Limejuice says:

    It’s $125 for not wearing a seat belt that helps you survive a crash. Why not the same $’s for not wearing a mask,Prorly as well? The mask helps you not KILL me, a very vulnerable 84 years old BVIslander.

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  17. Doh says:

    BVI

    Nature’s dirty little secret

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  18. Bangi says:

    why this doesn’t say what the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention is? If it is only relevant to americans what do we care? Let them stay in the US with their diseases. Plenty nicer countries to deal with.

  19. Bubba Gump says:

    CDC encouraged American’s not to wear masks in March.

  20. Paul Kean says:

    As Paul Kean Douglaus would say….”How yo jealous sooo??”

  21. Smurf says:

    How you BVISLANDERS feel now? Can’t sweep this under the rug now, the stench is killing.
    BVI = Nature’s nastiest little secret is exposed.

  22. choosen says:

    take long to expose think it would hid forever

  23. choosen says:

    take long to expose think they could hide it forever
    set of hypocrites

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