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Encarnacion Urges Residents to Get Flu Shot, Avoid Non-Essential Travel

With flu season around the corner, the Department of Health has published its influenza vaccine schedule, which Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said Monday could also help residents better fight other viruses.

COVID-19 Task Force Members Recount 8-Month Battle Against Virus

The Press Box took a team approach on Thursday as the virtual town hall featured some of the many government officials who have worked to keep the territory functioning and safe amid the worst global pandemic in more than 100 years.

Senate Extends USVI’s State of Emergency

The Legislature on Monday approved Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.'s request to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency through October, during a special session.

Bryan Asks for 60 Day State of Emergency Extension

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has sent a request to the Legislature to extend the territory's state of emergency order another 60 days, from Aug. 10 to Oct. 9.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Plans in Place for Start of the School Year – and Subject to Change

Questions were flying at a rate of 12 per minute as close to 700 viewers tuned into The Press Box on Thursday night to hear the V.I. Education Department’s plans for safely reopening schools amid the ongoing pandemic.

Jump in COVID-19 cases at Limetree Bay Prompts Safety Changes *UPDATE- New Numbers*

Limetree Bay Terminals oil storage company and Limetree Bay Refining, the affiliated companies at the former Hovensa refinery on St. Croix, announced an increase in COVID-19 positive cases at the facility Thursday.
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.

V.I. Government Working with Google on Local COVID-19 Info

The V.I. government is collaborating with Google to get out reliable local information on the crisis, according to Government House.

Elections Board Working to Keep People Safe, Primary on Schedule

Democracy during a pandemic is not easy, the USVI Board of Elections is finding. The board has met every week in April trying to make the efforts of public office seekers and voters conform with the needs of social distancing and constant disinfecting.

AG: People Who Violate Epidemic Restrictions Could Face Charges

Those who willfully violate emergency executive orders and directives of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion during the declared state of emergency could face criminal consequences.

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