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DOH Says Death of St. Thomas Man May be COVID-Related

The Virgin Islands Department of Health said on Sunday it was investigating the unexpected death of a 41-year-old man on St. Thomas. The man had recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago, the department said in its news release.

Face Covering Distinctions Are Blurry as Pandemic Marches On

Personnel at a local store this week did not object when a man and woman wore what appeared to be upside-down plastic face shields without a mask covering their nose and mouth.

Department of Health is on the Lookout for COVID-19 Variants

The Virgin Islands Department of Health is actively monitoring new COVID-19 variants that are being detected around the globe, including in the United States, the department reported Tuesday in a news release.

Department of Health Reports Territory’s 19th COVID Death

The Virgin Islands Department of Health reported via press release on Thursday that an 82-year-old St. Thomas man is the territory's 19th confirmed COVID death.

Health Department Receives Additional COVID Testing Machines

The Department of Health received 11 additional COVID-19 testing machines on Monday as part of a continuing equipment distribution program led by the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, a VITEMA press release announced Wednesday.
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach. (File photo)

Roach Seeks End to Avera Contract Discussions

In the latest development surrounding tech startup Avera, Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach said he is requesting an end to ongoing discussions between the company and the Department of Health regarding a $1 million contract for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Bryan Defends Contract to Daughter’s Firm, Decries ‘Attacking the Children’

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.

Senators Push to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services moved forward legislation Wednesday that, among other things, would strictly prohibit corporal punishment in school settings.

Senators Say Health Department Didn’t Follow Procurement Process for $1 Million Contract

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.

Recovered COVID Patient Talks of Experience

In the middle of March, a St. Croix family left the island for a ski vacation in Vail, Colorado. They returned a week later without having skied a day and brought home with them two cases of coronavirus.

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