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Three STX Group Home Residents Test Positive for COVID-19

Three residents of Anna's Hope Group Home on St. Croix have tested positive for COVID-19, the V.I. Department of Human Services confirmed Tuesday.

Bryan: Vaccination Can Help Lower Territory’s COVID Numbers

With a COVID positivity rate of 1.8 percent this week, up from 1.1 percent the week before, officials said new cases of the virus are still being confirmed within the territory, but increased vaccination can bring them to zero.

Human Services Announces Temporary Increase in SNAP Allotments

The U.S. Virgin Islands has received a temporary increase to the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allotments, called SNAP, due to COVID-19, the Department of Human Services announced.
STJ Adrian Senior Center ribbon cutting Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Ribbon Cutting for STJ Senior Center is First of Many Projects to Come

More than three years after the devastating storms of 2017, the cutting of a ribbon to open a St. John senior center represents the culmination of hard work and collaboration among multiple territorial agencies, the federal government and the private sector.
Kimberley Causey Gomez

Territory Prepares Shelters as Hurricane Season Begins to Heat Up

With a system out in the Atlantic designated Tuesday as a tropical depression and heading towards the Caribbean, government officials have been moving to complete preparations, including making ready shelters in case the storm strengthens to hurricane status.
Brian Zehring of V.I. Staffing Solutions has funded hot meals for seniors through the St. John Community Foundation.

On STJ, Multiple Free Meal Programs Fight Hunger

Church groups on St. John have been providing meals for at-risk residents on St. John, but the threat of hunger resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has individuals and community groups teaming up to fight hunger.
Assistant Commissioner Carla Benjamin, Department of Human Services. (Submitted photo)

Stop the Children Crying

There are many ways to hurt a child. The most common, according to the National Children’s Alliance and other groups that track child maltreatment, is through neglect. Statistics for the Virgin Islands support that.

Head Start to Deliver Daily Meals

The Department of Human Services Head Start Program will distribute daily meals for Head Start children at various locations across the territory beginning Monday. The food will be packaged and ready for distribution. The package will include lunch and a snack.
The entrance to the Sea View Nursing Home. (Photo from the St. John Tradewinds)

Sea View Nursing Home Closes After 17 Years

For the first time in 17 years, aging and disabled Virgin Islanders needing long-term nursing care may not be able to get the help they need at home. This situation is a result of Sea View Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility on St. Thomas ceasing operations on Jan. 30.

Child’s Death Results in Audit of Human Services Department

The death of four-year-old Aaron Benjamin Jr. last October, allegedly at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, “rocked the Human Services Department as well as rocking the territory,” Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez said.

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