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According to figures released Sunday, the 11th COVID-19 death occurred on St. Thomas, giving the island six of the territory's 11 fatalities from the pandemic, with the other five on St. Croix.
With experts calling for hurricane season 2020 to be “above average,” coupled with COVID-19 and widespread civil unrest in the United States mainland, nothing about the upcoming six months is going to be “normal.”
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. confirmed Saturday morning that a crew member transported from a Maersk cargo vessel Thursday evening tested positive for Covid-19 and is in critical condition at Schneider Regional Medical Center.
Little is known about the status of a crew member aboard a Maersk vessel who was reportedly gravely ill with Covid-19 and transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center early Friday morning.
The territory could be only months and a few million dollars away from not only reducing its landfills’ trash by 70 percent, but also creating jobs and an entirely new economic driver for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sunday morning’s COVID report looks good, as it has all along. But this should not be mistaken for a pass to non-vigilance. In a community that has more than its share of scofflaws, that is a huge concern.
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.
No hurricane, earthquake, tsunami or other natural disaster has ever produced the widespread devastation of COVID-19. Death, overwhelmed medical systems, lack of leadership, chaos, fear – in every nook and cranny of this “mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” as Carl Sagan describe our planet some 30 years ago.
Members of the 33rd Legislature met Wednesday via teleconference to discuss the Legislature’s ongoing response to COVID-19, a response that could include canceling all public events and implementing a territorywide sick leave policy.
From the moment I saw what was coming, what was happening, my primary thought was: All our faults are being exposed to the light of day in a way I have never before seen. It is along those fault lines that earthquakes are born.