U.S. Virgin Islands

Trunk Bay in St John, Virgin Islands
At a Glance
  • Population: 106,405
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Drought, Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2015: Tropical Storm Erika; 2016: Zika Response
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2017: $415,036
    FY 2018: $415,036
    FY 2019: $465,667
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • Epidemiologists:  0
  • Laboratorian: 0
  • Educator:  0
  • Health Professionals: 0
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*:  1

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Emergency Public Information and Warning
  2. Community Recovery
  3. Community Preparedness
  4. Information Sharing
  5. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Virgin Islands Hurricanes
PHEP Program Supports U.S. Virgin Islands Residents in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, PHEP supports a CDC field scientist who works with local staff to improve surveillance, strengthen outbreak response, and conduct epidemiologic investigations. In September 2017, two Category 5 hurricanes—Irma and Maria—struck the U.S. Virgin Islands within a two-week period. Severe damage to the territory’s infrastructure left many residents without electricity or safe household water for months. The CDC scientist, alongside local staff, coordinated evacuations, sheltering, and distribution of medical supplies. They also led multiple rapid needs assessments to determine the health status and basic needs of the community so emergency managers could act quickly.

U.S. Virgin Islands Zika
Supporting the Zika Response

In February 2016, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to the Zika virus outbreak. With normal capacities overwhelmed, USVI hosted more than 100 rotating staff from partner organizations, including CDC, to help with mosquito control, risk communication, and disease tracking. The PHEP-supported Incident Command structure, along with a PHEP-funded epidemiologist who managed the response, allowed for seamless expansion of normal operations.

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Corporations Partner with Local Health Departments to Help Fight Zika

CDC has linked corporate partners with local health departments to help fight Zika. During popular community events known as Zika Action Days, community members receive valuable Zika prevention information and products. Events have been held in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Florida.

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Page last reviewed: March 16, 2020, 03:40 PM