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STTsailor
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When numbers were favorable they were published. Once that changed they stopped publishing.

VI DOH is small, underfunded and may have a few dedicated and qualified individuals but field work is done with a same efficiency like BMV or IRB. With 1500 people going through STT airport daily it should not be a problem testing everybody on arrival. Small isolated communities have the best chances to control pandemic. 

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Posted : November 18, 2020 9:51 pm
Exit Zero
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I find this link works fine MOST days.

 

https://www.covid19usvi.com/covid19-report

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Posted : November 19, 2020 3:47 pm
Gator's Mom
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Does anyone know where you can get a rapid COVID test on STX?

We have a friend flying in, who has tested negative. Just to be sure he'd like to take another test once on island. Since he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

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Posted : November 19, 2020 4:39 pm
CruzanIron
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Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

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Posted : November 20, 2020 8:00 am
Gator's Mom
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Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

He flew Spirit this morning from TPA to FLL. Every seat was occupied on a full flight. When we booked the flight Spirit said middle seats were left free. 

If that doesn't define cov-idiocy I don't know what does.

Doesn't help that FL bars and restaurants are fully open - and tourists and snowbirds are trickling in to spread corona joy in time for the holidays.

I have lived in FL for many years and know of which I speak.

So to my point - does anyone know where on STX he might get a COVID test on Monday?

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Posted : November 20, 2020 8:55 am
jaldeborgh
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Posted by: @gators_mom

So to my point - does anyone know where on STX he might get a COVID test on Monday?

There's no downside to having a 2nd test, I think this is a good practice.

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Posted : November 20, 2020 11:26 am
CruzanIron
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Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

He flew Spirit this morning from TPA to FLL. Every seat was occupied on a full flight. When we booked the flight Spirit said middle seats were left free. 

If that doesn't define cov-idiocy I don't know what does.

 

So Florida is responsible for Spirit flying full? OK, I didn't know that.  Isn't that not too different than calling the VI idiots for ALLOWING the flights to come in? 

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Posted : November 20, 2020 11:40 am
Gator's Mom
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Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

He flew Spirit this morning from TPA to FLL. Every seat was occupied on a full flight. When we booked the flight Spirit said middle seats were left free. 

If that doesn't define cov-idiocy I don't know what does.

 

So Florida is responsible for Spirit flying full? OK, I didn't know that.  Isn't that not too different than calling the VI idiots for ALLOWING the flights to come in? 

This flight was between TPA and FLL.  

It's the full restaurants, bars, house parties and the like that are going to cause FL to see a steep curve up. Particularly when the snowbirds from the mid-west show up.

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Posted : November 20, 2020 11:45 am
CruzanIron
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Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

He flew Spirit this morning from TPA to FLL. Every seat was occupied on a full flight. When we booked the flight Spirit said middle seats were left free. 

If that doesn't define cov-idiocy I don't know what does.

 

So Florida is responsible for Spirit flying full? OK, I didn't know that.  Isn't that not too different than calling the VI idiots for ALLOWING the flights to come in? 

This flight was between TPA and FLL.  

It's the full restaurants, bars, house parties and the like that are going to cause FL to see a steep curve up. Particularly when the snowbirds from the mid-west show up.

You have to admit that it's pretty hard to stop the house parties. That is happening everywhere.

I went to dinner at a restaurant in Riverview yesterday. They closed off half of the tables so there was plenty of social distancing. Masks required when no eating. We were the only ones there between 6-7:30 PM. 

 

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Posted : November 20, 2020 1:03 pm
Gator's Mom
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Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom
Posted by: @cruzaniron
Posted by: @gators_mom

he's coming from FL, well, you know, we want to do our best to protect the local population from the rampant cov-idiocy there.

That's pretty insulting...

 

He flew Spirit this morning from TPA to FLL. Every seat was occupied on a full flight. When we booked the flight Spirit said middle seats were left free. 

If that doesn't define cov-idiocy I don't know what does.

 

So Florida is responsible for Spirit flying full? OK, I didn't know that.  Isn't that not too different than calling the VI idiots for ALLOWING the flights to come in? 

This flight was between TPA and FLL.  

It's the full restaurants, bars, house parties and the like that are going to cause FL to see a steep curve up. Particularly when the snowbirds from the mid-west show up.

You have to admit that it's pretty hard to stop the house parties. That is happening everywhere.

I went to dinner at a restaurant in Riverview yesterday. They closed off half of the tables so there was plenty of social distancing. Masks required when no eating. We were the only ones there between 6-7:30 PM. 

 

Interestingly, my friend's Spirit flight from FLL to STX is half full with middle seats vacant. Heard from him just before takeoff.

Hillsborough County has county rules that stipulate social distancing and masks in restaurants. They've fought this but Tampa has gotten its way.

The State/deSantis has removed all restrictions at the state level for businesses including restaurants and bars. The State of FL also has no mask requirement. It's up to local governments to regulate restrictions - but there are rural areas in FL that are not highly impacted by COVID (yet).

We have huge house parties every weekend in my neighborhood in Pinellas - several hundred people in attendance - even with county restrictions. I don't think the cops would dare to intervene - the culprits live in houses on Tampa Bay that pay upwards to $40K/year in property taxes (with homestead exemption).

 

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Posted : November 20, 2020 2:42 pm
Sage
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Non-essential travel is a minor, limited sacrifice for the greater good. Studies cannot definativly calculate, but it's estimated C-19 is actually double of what is documented due to the asymptomatic population. C-19 tests taken days before travel, do not guarantee a person is not infected upon arrival. Also, consider the infection risks in a crowded airport, and during the flight. If ever, this is the time to stay home and say no to visiting and visitors. Our collective responsible actions will make a meaningful impact on this pandemic. An ounce of prevention...

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Posted : November 21, 2020 12:14 am
rewired
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@gators_mom

If looks like same day rapid test is available through Plessen Healthcare 

https://m.facebook.com/PlessenHealthcare/

and may also be available through Acute Alternative Medical Group

https://www.acutealternative.com/

Plessen Healthcare indicates that you can call ahead for an appointment, Acute Alternative may schedule ahead for you as well.

If anyone else is aware of other locations, please add to thread for others that may need assistance (whether or not you agree with travel).

 

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Posted : November 21, 2020 8:05 am
daveb722
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@rewired clinical labs does same day as well, got my results in an hour, think you can walk up, i did have an appointment.

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Posted : November 22, 2020 9:12 am
rewired
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Thanks @daveb722 !

 I was trying to get the discussion back on answering the question asked by @gators_mom 

Have a great day!

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Posted : November 22, 2020 9:38 am
Sage
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Posted by: @exit-zero

They consolidate all the test results from all the test facilities -- not all report daily and at a specified time.

Are you aware if the DOH Covid-19 report includes Limetree? The coconut line says Limetree is no longer included due to increasing the positive count. 

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Posted : November 25, 2020 4:04 pm
stxdreaming
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Well, it looks like our trip to STX is unlikely. Did a test at the local CVS, however, was informed that due to the numbers taking it we will have to wait around 5 days for results. We are due to fly on Friday. 

I have looked up rapid tests however due to a shortage of tests available, companies in the area either don't have them or are charging $250. 2 other companies are saying their rapid tests are not even good for travel or pre surgery. 

So, unless we get a negative back by Thursday, this wont be happening. 

Very frustrating. 

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Topic starter Posted : December 1, 2020 1:22 pm
Sage
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@stxdreaming

The USVI is at a CDC Level 4 travel alert. 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-usvirgin-islands

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Posted : December 1, 2020 3:13 pm
STTsailor
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Interesting. CDC level 4 warning is the highest level alert. When did it escalate to level 4? DOH numbers look steady last 6 days with positivity rate about 5%.

I don’t think too many people give any care to COVID anymore. At least not when travel and dining is concerned. 

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Posted : December 1, 2020 4:07 pm
Gator's Mom
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Posted by: @STTsailor

Interesting. CDC level 4 warning is the highest level alert. When did it escalate to level 4? DOH numbers look steady last 6 days with positivity rate about 5%.

I don’t think too many people give any care to COVID anymore. At least not when travel and dining is concerned. 

As of yesterday the positivity rate was 10.9% in the USVI.

Many people absolutely care about COVID when traveling and when dining.

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Posted : December 1, 2020 5:52 pm
jaldeborgh
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On our way down tomorrow (12/2) had our COVID-19 rapid tests today (both negative) with results in 20 minutes.  Scheduled the tests 3 days ago, which is the farthest in advance scheduling is permitted.  Next step is to register on line with our results.  First time we’ve bought one way tickets!  Likely head back north sometime in May.

Checked in online with United and my wife and I both got free upgrades from Boston to San Juan so all seems good at the moment.  Just need the Seaborne connection to not get canceled.  Getting chilly up here. 

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Posted : December 1, 2020 6:04 pm
STTsailor
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11.9% is terrible. That means everything will shut down in VI for 3 weeks or so. 

we don’t see people who are concerned about COVID as they are in isolation. We covet these who care less about it. 

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Posted : December 1, 2020 6:23 pm
daveb722
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I went on the cdc page and that % is from 11/21, I always use the usvi health page.  We have 34 active cases as of yesterday, which is pretty good.

I'm one of those that doesn't live in fear about covid.  My niece just traveled 2 hours with her college friend in the same car back home last week, friend has it, my niece doesn't.

My other friend had covid, had to go to the hospital but had medical issues prior.  He was at a football gathering, total of 6 people for over 4 hours, no one else got it.  

survival % is 99.7%.  If you really think about it, no one is tested for the flu when someone dies.  They use statistical analysis and estimate the death rate for it.  Covid is probably over sampled and tested with every death, so obviously the rate is higher.  

 

That's my medical google opinion, but I'm just practicing safe behaviors and will limit the chances as we all will with the flu this year.  But I do wear a mask for others and respect those that want that.  I just don't over react when others don't.  Unless they are coughing up a storm.

 

 

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Posted : December 1, 2020 9:13 pm
vicanuck
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Posted by: @daveb722

I'm one of those that doesn't live in fear about covid.

 

I'm pretty much the same way. The covid hasn't hasn't changed my life much. I still go out to dinner somewhere almost every weekend, still see the same friends with the same frequency, still shop as we used to. Six months from now it will be just a memory.

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Posted : December 2, 2020 8:02 am
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STTsailor
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I was much more concerned about it in March while it was a wildcard. Now that we know that most people recover I'm concerned much less so. I still follow social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing. It will NOT stop me from traveling, shopping or dining. 

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Posted : December 2, 2020 10:15 am
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