JFL Cautions Community of Continued COVID-19 Risks

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Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) encourages community members and tourists to continue to implement precautionary measures during the holiday season in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and its variants.

“The risk of exposure to and infection of COVID-19 and its variants is still a high priority internally within the walls of our hospital. The potential risk for our residents to be exposed to COVID-19 is elevated as a result of increased travel and visitors during the holiday season. We strongly encourage vigilance in hygiene and social distancing, especially during holiday gatherings and social events, ” according to Dyma Williams, BSN, RN, CPHRM, MJ, interim chief executive officer.

The goal for both JFL and Williams is to maintain integrity and transparency with patients and the St. Croix community. The best preventative measures continue to be social distancing and vaccination.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Research on mRNA COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in real-world conditions is reassuring vaccine effectiveness studies provide a growing body of evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines offer similar protection in real-world conditions as they have in clinical trial settings reducing the risk of COVID-19, including severe illness by 90% or more among people who are fully vaccinated.

“In addition to providing protection against COVID-19, there is increasing evidence that COVID-19 vaccines also provide protection against COVID-19 infections without symptoms (asymptomatic infections). COVID-19 vaccinations can reduce the spread of disease overall, helping protect people around you.”

Questions or requests for information regarding an update of this situation will need to be directed to Chivonne A.S. Thomas Esq., chief legal counsel for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by email at cthomas@jflusvi.org.