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Major renovations after the 2017 hurricanes are paused and Marriot Frenchman's Reef, St. Thomas' largest hotel, may be sold in the near future, as owner DiamondRock Hospitality's finances are strained by the pandemic and rise of AirBnB.
With 14 out of 50 states at high risk for a COVID-19 surge, the U.S. Virgin Islands has one of the lowest weekly positivity rates in the nation at 1.55 percent, with 3,194 residents tested in the past week alone and 64 active cases being tracked.
Within the past week, 64 sets of test results uploaded into the territory’s COVID-19 travel portal have been flagged for authenticity and, in most cases, have been found to be falsified or altered.
After further investigating the cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the V.I. Department of Health confirmed the territory’s 26th death related to COVID-19 Thursday. The deceased is a 55-year-old female on St. Croix.
With a 10-day positivity rate now at 4 percent, government officials spoke Monday about a surge of COVID cases on St. Croix and increased exposure caused by returning travelers.
Dr. Esther Ellis, territorial epidemiologist for the territory, called the recent surge of cases of new COVID-19 cases alarming.
The Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority announced on Thursday the territorywide rollout of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a federal program made possible through the CARES Act of 2021.
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.