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USVI Registers 11th COVID-19 Death

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.

Officials Expect Hurricane Season Prep, Aftermath Will be Longer, Slower for 2020

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.”

Condition of Crew Member Transported from Maersk Vessel Critical

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.

Condition of Crew Member Transported from Maersk Vessel Critical

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 trash-reduction system's pasteurized by-product (Zewan photo)

Territory Looking at System to Reduce Garbage at Landfills by 70 Percent

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.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: We Could Blow it Upon Soft Opening

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.

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.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: COVID-19 Will Bring Suffering and, Hopefully, Solidarity

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.
Sen. Novelle Francis discusses the federal excise tax on fuel, which he and others think should be repaid to the USVI government. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Legislators Teleconference to Discuss COVID-19

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.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: COVID-19 Reveals Personal Fault Lines

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.

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