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The V.I. Bureau of Corrections is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all inmates, the bureau announced in a news release on Wednesday.
Passengers who are fully vaccinated face less stringent travel requirements, Health Department officials said on Monday at the Government House weekly press briefing. But those new rules may not be reflected in different airline policies.
At-large Sen. Steven Payne Sr. of St. John tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was briefly hospitalized. The Legislature canceled all hearings for a week due to the exposure.
After being closed for a year due to COVID-19, public schools in the St. Croix District will open for in-person instruction beginning Tuesday, March 2.
According to the Health Department, Feb. 13 saw 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on St. Thomas, while St. Croix saw only one new case since the previous, Feb. 11 report.
Health Department officials told the Source the territory’s number of vaccinations cited in recent CDC and New York Times reports is inaccurate.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has $2.5 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands to reimburse COVID-19 vaccination costs. There are 24 confirmed USVI COVID-19 fatalities to date, not counting individuals who were not diagnosed and individuals who sought treatment outside the territory and died elsewhere.
Health Department officials are urging patience as the people who are already responsible for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and care roll out a vaccination program without any additional manpower.
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.
Reporter Sian Cobb got a text that the Health Department was providing free COVID-19 testing Friday afternoon on St. Thomas. It sent the intrepid reporter and her nose for news to an appointment with a nasal swab.