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The Dept. of Human Services announced Monday during the Bryan administration's Covid-19 press briefing the launch of a new program with the potential of birthing new businesses in the territory, while helping already established small businesses grow.
According to DHS Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez, the department's Personal Care Attendant In-home Service Program, or PCAs, assist DHS clients with activities of daily living such as personal grooming, light housekeeping, walking, positioning, meal prep, shopping, feeding and other necessities.
The program is available to 501(c)3 churches, nonprofits, medical organizations and entrepreneurs, and any able-bodied persons with a clean background check and at least a high school diploma can become a PCA, according to the commissioner.
“This program will benefit one of our underserved populations: our senior citizens, as well as the USVI business community, the disabled and the entire Virgin Islands community,” Ms. Causey-Gomez said.
According to Gov't House, DHS will host virtual information forums on Friday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday, May 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. To register for one of the information sessions, contact the DHS Medicaid Division at 340-772-7100 ext. 7186 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Covid-related news, the Dept. of Health announced testing pop-up sites at the following locations:
Residents can pre-register for pop-up testing online at covid19usvi@.com/testing.
Anyone who thinks they may have contracted COVID-19 can call the Epidemiology hotline at 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519. For more information, visit covid19usvi.com.
Covid-19 as of May 1