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Simple Cynical Clinical Minute 8: The Return of the Pox

After a successful start to vaccination, it has stalled. And now we see a rise in cases. Many people I speak to say "they are not ready" for the vaccine. Seriously, I have no idea what that means besides fear of the vaccine. 

Cancer Organization Launches Financial Assistance Program

Ribbons for a Cure Inc., a local cancer non-profit organization, has launched its Financial Assistance Program, which will provide a one-time financial assistance benefit for cancer-related prescription medication, diagnostic testing or CT scans.

Thirteen Fire Services Members Complete UVI CELL Emergency Medical Response Course

The eight-week online course covered cognitive training followed by an intensive two weeks of classroom lectures, hands-on skills training, basic anatomy and physiology, response to emergencies, and treatment and transportation of sick and injured patients.

CDC Gives Frederiksted Health Care Funding for HIV Programs

The rate of HIV infection diagnosis in the V.I. has decreased steadily from a high of 42.8 per 100,000 population in 2010 to 8.4 per 100,000 population in 2018.

Nurses State Association Asks Nurses to Submit a Theme for Coming Convention

This year’s biennial convention is being planned as a hybrid of live and virtual attendance.

DHS Medicaid Division Launches MedicaidNow Messaging System

The MedicaidNow instant messaging system provides real-time alerts and messages and seeks to improve the overall delivery of Medicaid services.

Health Department Confirms Coronavirus Variant in the Territory

The Department of Health confirmed the first variant strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the territory Thursday as health officials push to get more U.S. Virgin Islanders vaccinated.

Health Department Reminder – ‘No Mask, No Service’ Still in Effect

Businesses are subject to fines and closure if they do not comply with the “No Mask, No Service” policy.

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Gives Special Recognition to FHC

Frederiksted Health Care was one of 143 selected from 2,623 nominations submitted by guardsmen and reservist nationwide to be selected as a semi-finalist.

$6 Million Sussman Donation Anchors Vision for UVI Medical School  

This project will become only the fifth historically black medical school in the United States and its territories, subject to receiving approval by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

DOH Announces WIC’s Temporary Increase in Cash-Value Voucher Benefits

This increase allows participants to purchase fruits and vegetables as part of their WIC (Women, Infants and Children nutrition) food package.

Department of Health Kicks Off Health Survey

The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) launched the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey in May 2021.

DOH Approval Is Required for Public and Business Events

The Virgin Islands Department of Health reminds public and businesses that approval is required to hold special events outside of what is allowed through the executive orders.

Epidemiologist Notes Uptick in New COVID Cases Among Unvaccinated Individuals

In the past two days, the Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed 43 positive COVID-19 cases on St. Thomas in unvaccinated individuals.

CAHS Parent Who Attended May 21 Hybrid Graduation Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Department of Health continues to conduct contact tracing of guests who may have come in close contact with the affected parent.

Sibilly Elementary Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Safety protocols at all district schools prohibit students from intermingling with other students not in their classrooms; therefore, other classrooms at the school have not been affected.

Congresswoman Informs Public of Important Grants for V.I. Department of Health

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement announcing an important $2,441,666.67 grant for VI Department of Health.

Plaskett Announces $760,742 in Funding to Support Public Health Crisis Response

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Virgin Islands a grant to improve responses to public health crises.

Plaskett Introduces Legislation to Improve Medicare, Medicaid in the Territories

In regard to the Territories Health Equity Act of 2021 (H.R.3434), Plaskett has released the following statements by herself and the other cosponsors of the Act.

Health Department Announces Pfizer Vaccine Available for Ages 12 to 15

This latest development will lower the risk of children becoming severely ill with the COVID-19 virus.

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