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Groups Schedule Events to Focus on Domestic Violence Awareness

Three community groups are taking part in events planned across the country to bring attention to October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, communicating the presence of domestic violence in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Legislature Rejects Another Anti-Corporal Punishment Bill

History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.
Artist's conception of the COVID-19 virus. (Shutterstock image)

Department of Health Reports Territory’s 18th COVID Death

An 18th Virgin Islander died of COVID-19 over the weekend, according to statistics reported Tuesday morning by the Department of Health. The deceased is a 68-year-old female on St. Croix, the department said.

Report: USVI Could Top the World in Per Capita Pandemic Deaths

A study out of the UW School of Medicine forecasts worldwide COVID-19 deaths could top four million by the end of the year, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is likely to see some of the worst fatalities per capita in the world.

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.

Virgin Islanders Share Firsthand Experiences with COVID-19

Virgin Islanders, like people all over the world, are feeling their way through the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with this new illness.

Bryan: More Contagion Enforcement for Restaurants, Boaters and Fines for Not Wearing Masks

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. issued new COVID-19 mandates, limiting funerals to groups of 10, closures of restaurants that don’t comply with safety orders, confiscating boats that engage in “rafting” and fines for those not wearing a mask where it is required.

Gerontologist Neda McGuire Helps Clients with Aging and Beyond

Gerontologist and end-of-life doula Neda McGuire has good news for older adults and those traversing their journeys as senior citizens. 

‘Stop Infecting Vulnerable Populations,’ Health’s Medical Director Urges

In a candid plea Monday, Health Department Medical Director Dr. Tai Hunte-Caesar said irresponsible behavior within the USVI community is causing the spread of COVID-19 to the elderly and other vulnerable populations and needs to stop.
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach explained how residents can recover claims owed by Real Legacy Assurance Company.

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.

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