Limetree Bay Reports an Increase in COVID-19 Cases at Plant

Limetree Bay Terminals on St. Croix in April 2020. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Limetree Bay officials reported Monday that six individuals at the facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.

In a news release issued Monday, the company said it takes the spike in cases very seriously.

“We continue to cooperate with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the V.I. Department of Health to ensure that the company is doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the spread of this terrible virus,” remarked President and CEO Brian Lever. “Limetree continues to strengthen its safety protocols to assure the health and safety of our personnel,” added Lever.

To date, the total confirmed cases at the facility stand at 21. Any individual who has tested positive or has exhibited symptoms is currently quarantined until further notice.

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At Bryan’s request, all other residents of the Village housing at Limetree are required to isolate in the Village, with the exception of going to work. Limetree has notified all Village residents and requested their compliance with this directive until further notice.

Former Hovensa CEO Brian Lever has been hired to head the Limetree operation. (Source file photo)
Limetree CEO Brian Lever (Source file photo)

The company said there have been inaccurate reports circulating regarding Limetree and its response to the COVID-19 crisis. In its news release the company said:

– Individuals who are quarantined, are restricted to a designated quarantine area within the Village and are not allowed to leave quarantine until clearance is received from DOH.

– Limetree Bay assumes the costs of all COVID-19 testing for its personnel and their families who may have come into contact with a positive case or a person under investigation.

– Since April, Limetree tested all contractor personnel for COVID-19 who traveled by charter before arriving on St. Croix, and all other contractor personnel were tested upon arrival on St. Croix.

Limetree Bay remains committed to a safe community for all, the news release said, and personnel is reminded daily to be vigilant. The company continues to follow measures that Limetree’s executive management implemented in March to limit the spread of the virus:

– Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms of the virus is immediately quarantined in a separate wing of the Village housing away from the general population.

– Contact tracing process to identify and immediately isolate persons who may have come in contact with affected individuals. Individuals identified through contact tracing, including family members, are tested within 24 hours either by ProHealth or the V.I. Department of Health.

– If necessary, work areas within the facility are completely shut down for thorough sanitization before those areas are reopened.

– Social distancing practices are maintained within the facility.

Additionally, Limetree has implemented the following protocols to further mitigate the spread of the virus:

– Facial coverings are now mandatory for all personnel working in the facility.

– All travel for contractor personnel has been suspended.

All protocols employed by Limetree, comply with the requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the company said.

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