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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. speaks during his Monday coronavirus update at which he said federal economic stimulus checks are being printed and the first set will be in the mail this week.

Stimulus Checks in the Mail This Week; Local Testing Capacity Increased

Clarifying reports of delays in the processing of federal economic stimulus checks, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the printing has begun, with the first $8 to $10 million in checks expected to be issued this week.

Mass Testing to Begin Soon as Territory Starts Reopening

To safely start opening up the territory Department of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said it will soon begin mass testing for COVID-19.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announces the territory’s phased reopening plan. (Photo is a screen capture from the press conference)

Some Non-Essential Businesses May Resume Operations Monday

Several non-essential businesses will be permitted to open their doors starting Monday, although face masks will be required, as part of the territory’s phased reopening plan.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. updated the public Friday on the territory’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Bryan Issuing Rent Freeze During COVID-19 Emergency

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Wednesday said he is instituting a “rent freeze” during the remainder of the coronavirus emergency, prohibiting landlords from increasing rent even in cases where the lease or rental agreement has expired.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (Source photo by Shaun A. Pennington)

Governor: Beach Activity and Continued Social Distancing a ‘Test’

With the reopening this week of restaurants at local beaches, for takeout only, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said seeing whether residents can continue to adhere to social distancing will be the litmus test for further loosening of public stay-at-home orders.

Bryan Vetoes Senate’s Unfunded WAPA Billing Cutoff

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. vetoed legislation this week that would have created an unfunded mandate cutting payment to the V.I. Water and Power Authority for services used by customers for billings of more than 35 days.
Government House. (File photo)qGovernment House. (File photo)

Bryan Says Changes Needed for $80 Million Disaster Borrowing Bill

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. signed legislation this week allowing him to seek up to $80 million in lending in advance of federal disaster assistance, to help the government make ends meet amid a devastating reduction in economic activity.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. updated the public Friday on the territory’s COVID-19 response efforts.

V.I. Planning Ahead for a COVID-19 ‘Surge’ as Hospitalization Begins

As of Friday evening the USVI had 266 tested with 40 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 – 26 on St. Thomas, 12 on St. Croix, and two on St. John – along with 184 negative tests, 42 pending. 34 recovered, and no deaths.

Bryan: ‘So Far, So Good’ on Virus Testing in Territory *Update*

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. told reporters on a telephone press conference Wednesday that there had been no new cases of COVID-19 in the territory since Sunday. “So far, so good,” the governor said.
Albert Bryan

Op-Ed – Extraordinary Interview: Part One, Defining the Problem

The interview is about far more than saving money. It reflects the thinking of a top executive whose mental model includes the health and capacity of the organizations that deliver critical public services.

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