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Press Box Questions Reveal the Broad Mission of Territory’s Island Administrators

Potholes, litter, derelict cars, clogged guts, traffic lights – these are just a few of the things the territory’s island administrators deal with daily as the de facto mayors of the Virgin Islands.

New Testing Pinpoints a COVID-Positive Traveler at Airport

The launch of a new screening program at the U.S. Virgin Island’s airports discovered one COVID-positive person traveling to St. Croix, according to officials. Since Sunday, a total of 34 tests have been conducted, officials said.

Territory Shifts to ‘Safer At Home,’ Looks to Implement Testing at Airports

The U.S. Virgin Islands returned to the “safer at home” protocols on Tuesday, easing restrictions on non-essential businesses, restaurants, beaches, churches, private and parochial schools, but keeping in place restrictions on bars and hotel check-ins for leisure travelers.

Stay-at-Home Order Extended; Public School Opening Delayed

While health officials believe the ongoing stay-at-home order has been “effective” in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, the territory’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate and the number of current hospitalizations have prompted a one-week extension order.

Governor Hopes For Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Benefit

The U.S. Virgin Islands will take advantage of an extra $300 a week in supplemental unemployment benefits to help ease the financial strain brought on by the ongoing public health crisis, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said during a Monday news conference.

USVI COVID-19 Update: Rate of New Infections Subsides Slightly

New confirmed COVID-19 infections subsided a little over the weekend in the U.S. Virgin Islands even as the virus killed the 15th resident. There were five new cases from Sunday to Monday, five from Saturday to Sunday and 11 from Friday to Saturday, according to the V.I. Department of Health's updates.

Bryan: Second Week of Safe-at-Home ‘Pivotal’ to Cutting COVID Cases

With one week of safe-at-home down, officials said Monday that the second week of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s ongoing order is “pivotal” as the territory has not yet begun to experience “the decline in positivity rates we were hoping to achieve,” the governor said.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks about the coronavirus in this March photo. (File photo by Susan Ellis)

‘Stay at Home’ Executive Order in Place Until At Least Aug. 31

Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, the territory is reverting back to “Stay at Home” status in an effort to quash the continued spike in positive COVID-19 cases on St. Thomas, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

‘Stop Infecting Vulnerable Populations,’ Health’s Medical Director Urges

In a candid plea Monday, Health Department Medical Director Dr. Tai Hunte-Caesar said irresponsible behavior within the USVI community is causing the spread of COVID-19 to the elderly and other vulnerable populations and needs to stop.

Curfew in Effect Until Noon Thursday, Residents Should Prepare and Monitor Updates

Because it lacks a clearly defined eye, meteorologists have had a hard time tracking what is now being called Potential Cycle 9, but officials say it is expected to strengthen and will begin impacting the territory late afternoon Wednesday into Thursday.

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