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With the world still in the thralls of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people tucked away in their homes and many children barred from classrooms, crime appears to have flourished in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After further investigating the cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the V.I. Department of Health reported via press release on Wednesday the territory’s 25th death related to COVID-19.
A partnership between the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health will streamline the scheduling of appointments with local providers for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Island Health & Wellness Center, which opened in 2017, has taken on the task of providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the estimated 5,000 residents of St. John.
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.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said on Tuesday he welcomes the federal funding coming to the U.S. Virgin Islands from Congress’ $900 billion COVID-19 relief measure that President Donald Trump signed into law on Sunday.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused tourism revenue to plummet in the U.S. Virgin Islands, hitting the territory's tourism economy worse than hurricanes Irma and Maria did.
The pandemic has forced many events from around the world to go virtual, and the 2020-2021 Virtual Crucian Christmas Festival is no different, but Ian Turnbull said the virtual festival will achieve greater recognition than prior years.
The Virgin Islands Department of Health reported 13 new positive cases of COVID-19 in its daily epidemiology report on Thursday. Eight of the positive cases on St. Thomas are associated with two separate vessels.