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With new variants of the COVID-19 virus now beginning to appear on the mainland, local Health officials said Thursday they will continue to monitor reported impacts while sending samples to the CDC to see if new strains begin to appear in the territory.
Due to travel and gatherings for the holidays, the last two days have turned up 50 new COVID-19 cases in the territory, prompting Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to ask residents on Thursday to prepare for a new surge over the next two weeks.
The shift to a Democratic-led Senate after the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff in Georgia this week could lead to additional stimulus funds for Virgin Islanders, complementing the $600 already signed into law, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
To keep COVID numbers down over the holiday season, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Thursday that as an extra precaution, no traveler is allowed into the territory without a negative COVID-19 test effective Monday, Jan. 18.
As the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the territory on Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. reminded residents to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing.
A national drill to test the delivery, receipt and redistribution of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine started on Monday, officials announced.
As the territory’s COVID numbers creep up, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said extra precautions are necessary to avoid a shutdown, particularly as holiday travel and visitors arriving on the islands increase the threat of infection.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. congratulated President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a statement issued on Saturday by Government House.
As the territory hits its eighth month of COVID-19, the government is looking at ways to “provide safe social outlets for young people,” which includes opening bars and nightclubs – with restrictions – starting on Nov. 9.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined team sports, it has not left the Sports, Parks and Recreation Department idled, Commissioner Calvert White said on Thursday, outlining a slew of initiatives his employees are working on.