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With Halloween less than a week away, USVI health officials said that safety should be a top priority, especially in the wake of a “third wave” of COVID positive cases on the mainland.
Recent predictions by one national data center that put the territory as a leader in COVID-related deaths per capita are based on a “single source that is frequently criticized,” according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.
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.
Public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands will remain closed for the rest of the school year while students continue learning at home, V.I. Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin announced.