April 15th COVID-19 Update

April 15th COVID-19 Update 1

We received an email the other day asking why we haven’t provided a COVID-19 update in roughly a week. Well sometimes no news is good news. There aren’t too many new changes to report. Here is what’s currently happening:

As of today, April 15, there have been two confirmed COVID-19 cases on St. John. There have been 51 confirmed cases in the US Virgin Islands, which includes St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. As of today, 417 people have been tested territory-wide.

The beaches remain closed through April 20. All trails are currently closed.

Accommodations including hotels, villas, Airbnbs, etc. cannot accept new guests through April 24.

There is a declared State of Emergency and a Stay at Home order that continues through April 30.

It is possible that some of these restrictions may be extended. If that happens, we will let you know.

There have been changes to our ferry and barge scheduled. Please click here to read our April 7th article that discusses that. 

Many of you have emailed me asking about upcoming trips, asking whether or not you think you can visit. Truthfully, I do not have an answer. All I can say is to listen to the advice of our Governor and the federal government’s advice pertaining to travel.

People have asked about seasonal closings. As many of you know, a fair amount of our restaurants close during hurricane season. Some close for a few weeks; some close for a few months. To my knowledge, none of the restaurants have made a decision regarding their seasonal closures yet. When those decisions are made, we will let you know.

Want to receive updates regarding COVID-19 cases in the US Virgin Island and other pertinent information? Just text COVID19USVI to 888777.

You can also visit our government’s website at www.vi.gov for the latest information on COVID-19.

Our Governor holds press conferences live on Facebook several times a week. He also holds question and answer sessions. Please visit www.facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI for more information.

We’re pretty much all in a holding pattern right now. I want you all to visit again, but when the time is right. I look forward to showing many of you the island during one of my island tours. I’ve got some free time lately, so I’ve been working to rebrand my island tour business. I am excited to show you all the results! 🙂

In the meantime, please keep reading and keep loving this little island of ours! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


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St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly

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For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus


17 thoughts on “April 15th COVID-19 Update”

  1. Thanks for the comprehensive update, Jenn! As residents ourselves, we CAN’T WAIT to get back but only when the time is right… In the meantime, keep those tours coming! It makes us feel like we are “at home” on the island.

  2. Hey Jenn, thanks for the updates & hope you and your family are staying safe & well. I ordered Johnopoly & was wondering approximately how long it was taking to receive??

    Praying for better days so we can get back to our favorite place on earth soon!!!

    • Hi Jen, usually 1-3 days after shipping. We had an issue with 10 games shipped on March 27th. They are being resent. I believe yours was in that order. Please email me at [email protected] if you have any other questions.

    • Thank you, Rick. Also, both of the cases on St John were traced to travel, not community spread. So those people brought their illness with them. As of now there is NO community spread of COVID-19 on St John (there is on STT and STX). This means that St Johnians are keeping themselves safe. Please continue to do so!

  3. We received a call from the Westin on Monday stating that all reservations through May 15 were being cancelled. Can anyone else confirm this? We had already planned to cancel, but I wanted the Westin/Vistana to be the one to cancel instead of a voluntary cancel from me. We will keep our fingers crossed that we can get to St. John some time this year.

  4. Thanks, Jen! Looking forward to seeing your rebrand of your island your business! Keeping up with covid is USVI/travel stuff everyday so we can see when we can visit and stimulate the economy in St. John again. My husband has been working SO hard and is so needing a vacation…we continue to hope for a return in late May if allowed. In the meantime, following your posts, no news is good news and reading through St John Off the Beaten Path. 🙂

  5. Like most people the over reaction is costing everyone. Remember fear sells in the media. Was in st. John from March 17 to the 25. Made it thru airports,customs,check in arrival in Boston. No one in family got sick and I am 66 yrs old. I love your island. We generally stay on the coral bay side. Best part of st. John are the hiking trails, national forests and of course beaches. We will be back next year.

  6. Your kidding me Paul. I’m a nurse, working in education and infection control in Buffalo, NY. This is nothing to fool around with. We have a trip scheduled on 5/21 and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Don’t drink the cool aid. This response has been so misguided.

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