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Public School Opening Delayed to ‘At Least’ Sept. 8

Because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and in “abundance of caution,” Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday the opening of public schools has been pushed back from Aug. 10 to “at least” Sept. 8.

COVID Count Up to 217, Government Focuses on Limetree Outbreak

Asked Monday what it would take for the territory to go back to the “safer at home” restrictions, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the most important thing now is to contain the outbreak spreading from the Limetree Bay refinery.
With her left hand behind her back, this mango-eating contestant dives into the plate of tropical fruit. (Photo provided by DEAR Productions Photography)

24th Annual Mango Melee Moves Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has made gathering a mass of mango fanciers in the garden impossible, so the 24th annual Mango Melee went virtual, with portions of the event broadcast live on Facebook.

Governor Orders Bars, Casinos Closed and Extends Travel Restrictions for 10...

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases up, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. shut down bars in the territory, extended travel restrictions for 10 states and ordered beaches closed by 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Gaming centers and casinos are also closed, effective immediately.

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

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.

COVID-19 Cases Jump by 22 in Largest Single-Day Increase

The V.I. Health Department reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the largest single-day increase in the territory since the pandemic began.
Single-handed mango eating was the rule for the adults and they attempted to get through the large plate of mangos. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Mango Melee Goes Virtual for its 24th Annual Event

Summertime in the Virgin Islands means that mango season is at its peak. Unfortunately, mango lovers who look forward to their favorite festival each summer will have to attend the 24th annual Mango Melee virtually this year.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. announces tighter restrictions for Limetree Bay employees as COVID-19 cases climb, along with additional screening for visitors coming in from states with high infection rates. (Screen capture)

Tighter Restrictions Implemented on Travelers from High Infection States

With COVID-19 infection rates continuing to climb locally, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday that tighter restrictions on Limetree Bay contractors and travelers coming in from Arizona, Florida and Texas will help limit exposure of the coronavirus.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the Zika virus. (Yale University School of Public Health photo)

Op-Ed: Dengue and COVID-19 Make a Dangerous Combo

One of the advantages of living in the USVI is being able to see how things play out on the mainland. We then can evaluate how we can adjust accordingly.
File photo shows Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. with Health Commissioner Justa E. Encarnacion. On Monday Bryan called on the Senate to approve a 60-day extension to the current State of Emergency declaration. (Government House photo)

Bryan Requests 60-Day Extension on State of Emergency

A bill extending the current State of Emergency, which was set to expire on Saturday, to Sept. 9 was submitted to the Legislature Monday by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., along with a request for the body to act quickly and approve it.

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