The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (C.D.C.) monitors the fluidity of the epidemic within the United States and continues to adjust guidelines as necessary. The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health also announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Territory on March 13, 2020. This first case was identified as a resident with recent international travel history to one of the five locations with widespread transmission. Local health officials and authorities are monitoring the spread of the virus and adjusting safety guidelines as necessary. For current COVID-19 statistics in the Territory, visit the USVI Department of Health’s website.
COVID-19 statistics in the Territory, visit the USVI Department of Health’s website. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on C.D.C.’s webpage.
The Territory received notification of an Emergency Declaration FEMA-3433-EM authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) per section 502 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”), to provide assistance for eligible emergency measures through the FEMA Public Assistance Program (FEMA-PA) effective January 20, 2020, in response to COVID-19 on March 15, 2020.
A Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-4513-DR for COVID-19 was approved on April 2, 2020. The declaration, also effective January 20, 2020, and continuing, covers the same emergency protective measures (Category B) through the Federal Emergency Management-Public Assistance (FEMA-PA) Program at 75 percent federal funding for all islands in the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Eligible projects will save lives, protect property, public health and safety, and/or lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas declared in the disaster.
In addition to FEMA-PA funds, the territory has received aid from various sources, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The over $2 trillion economic relief package was distributed to states, territories and tribal governments to protect communities from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides fast and direct financial assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses and preserves jobs in various industries.
The data below is separated by funder, select the desired sorting feature for a detailed breakdown of the agencies that received funds and how those monies were allocated.