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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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