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Now that the fall semester has begun, Virgin Islands students, parents and educators are faced with the challenging realities of distance learning, not least of all that laptops designated for each of the territory's students have not reached everyone.
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.
Two STT Senior Facilities Test Negative for COVID-19, While Most Queen Louise Residents Test Positive
Celestino A. White Sr. Senior Citizens Residence and the Lucinda Millin Home on St. Thomas are both free of the novel coronavirus, Virgin Islands Housing Authority public relations officer Patricia Borns said.
Despite imminent restrictions that will shut down much of the V.I. economy, Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte told senators Thursday the territory has been “top of the pack” in terms of destinations tourists can reasonably travel to during the global pandemic.
Education officials informed senators Thursday that public schools will not be reopening in the fall as planned, and will be entirely virtual for at least the first semester of the school year from September to December.
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.
Health officials and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. say a $1 million no-bid contract awarded to Avera Inc., whose management includes Bryan’s daughter, Aliyah Bryan, and campaign intern, Michael Pemberton, was proper.
Members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed shock when Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said the department entered a $1 million contract for pandemic-related contact tracing services without requesting bids through Property and Procurement.
The V.I. Department of Human Services is offering working parents and guardians relief during the COVID-19 pandemic via a Federal Block Grant program that provides a child care subsidy for children up to 12 years old.
Two days after a national news outlet cast the spotlight on the territory and its surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called for the public to put the cases in perspective, saying that the outbreak is contained to the Limetree Bay refinery on St. Croix.