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COVID-19 Costing V.I. Tourism Tens of Millions

Tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the Virgin Islands are practically up in smoke as the COVID-19 pandemic forced cruise ship cancellations, a ban on hotel stays and a stay-at-home order that all but cut off the territory’s lifeblood: tourism.
The Family Resource Center on St Thomas is one of the agencies providing assistance for victims of domestic violence and sex-related crimes. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Coronavirus Isolation Turns Homes into Pressure Cookers

As communities close up due to the novel coronavirus, they lock in tension and anger that is exploding into an increase in domestic violence.
VIPD officers and the Medical Examiner's office respond to the Good Hope Townhouses, where 17-year-old male minor was found dead of a gunshot wound. (VIPD photo)

STX Teen Succumbs to Gunshot Wound

A 17-year-old male died of a gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon in the Good Hope Townhouses, the V.I. Police Department reported.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. explains Monday why he is extended the territory’s stay-at-home order for another month, to April 30. (Image captured from Government House live stream)

Bryan: Stay-At-Home Order Extended to April 30

Following the lead of federal leaders and public health organizations, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced Monday that the territory’s stay-at-home order has been extended a month, until April 30.
An empty runway at the Cyril E. King Airport will be a common sight in upcoming months as airlines reduce their number of flights. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Airlines Slash Flights, Cancellations Expected Through May

The four airlines that frequently fly in and out of the Virgin Islands are slashing flight schedules significantly due to the shrinking demand in travel and stringent restrictions in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

USVI’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Likely to Crest Over 100 in Early May

The territory and its health care systems are likely to be strained in the first weeks of May, making it all the more important for Virgin Islanders to slow the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing.
Jennie Ogden, left, editor of GoToStCroix.com, and Wendy Solomon, owner of the website, in their downtown Christiansted office. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)

GoToStCroix Celebrates 20 Years as a Window to the Big Island

GoToStCroix has been promoting the destination of the big island since 1999. This business continues moving folks in the right direction via its website, blog, pocket map and web cam – even in times of social distancing and COVID-19.
VIPD detectives and officers respond to Estate Barren Spot, where 23-year-old Luis Perez was shot and later died from his injuries. (VIPD photo)

STX Man Dies of Gunshot Injuries

A man died of gunshot wounds Sunday night in Estate Barren Spot on St. Croix, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 23-year-old Luis Perez of Castle Burke.
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Updated List of USVI Canceled Events, Agency Hours and Procedures Changed Due to Epidemic

The confirmed presence in the territory of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has led to a wave of closures, cancellations and postponements the territory has not seen outside of a natural disaster.

Grocery Store Sanitizing Efforts Earn Mixed Reviews

Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Richard Evangelista called a teleconference with some of the major grocery retailers in the territory to try and get ahead of what he and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. fear will be a major social distancing disaster on April 1.

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