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A bustling Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is on the left, while Frenchman’s Reef, on the right, is unopened and awaiting major repairs that have been delayed by the coronavirus. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

COVID Casualty: Frenchman’s Reef Renovations Paused, Hotel For Sale

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.

Bryan Says USVI has Lowest Positivity Rate Under U.S. Flag

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.

Fraudulent Test Results Being Uploaded to COVID-19 Travel Portal

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.

Department of Health Confirms Territory’s 26th COVID Death

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.

USVI’s COVID Positivity Rate Jumps to 4 Percent with Surge 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.

COVID Not Beaten Yet, Officials Warn; Vaccine Clinic Planned for STJ

Dr. Esther Ellis, territorial epidemiologist for the territory, called the recent surge of cases of new COVID-19 cases alarming.

Housing Finance Authority Launches Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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.

V.I. Inmates Getting Vaccinated Against COVID

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.

Travel Requirements Vary for Vaccinated Passengers

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.

Sen. Steven Payne Sr. Briefly Hospitalized With COVID-19

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.

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