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V.I. Launches Hotline to Manage Vaccine Appointments

A partnership between the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health will streamline the scheduling of appointments with local providers for the COVID-19 vaccine.

V.I. Needs to Add 5,000 to Workforce, Gov. Bryan Says on Press Box

The territory will need to add 5,000 new individuals to the workforce to complete the millions of dollars in disaster recovery work, according to a RAND Corporation study commissioned by FEMA.

FEMA Bringing $2.5 Million to Help USVI With COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has $2.5 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands to reimburse COVID-19 vaccination costs. There are 24 confirmed USVI COVID-19 fatalities to date, not counting individuals who were not diagnosed and individuals who sought treatment outside the territory and died elsewhere.

State of the Territory is ‘Resurgent;’ Bryan Looks to Future With Hope

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the V.I. looks toward the next year with renewed hope brought on by increasing tax revenues, new economic development projects and growth in the marine, tech and agriculture industries.

COVID Vaccine Rollout Continues With ‘Encouraging’ Participation

While the V.I. Health Department is still focused on COVID-19 surveillance, testing and outreach, the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the territory has received “encouraging” support and participation from the community, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

WICO Board: V.I. Might Not See a Cruise Ship this Year

The U.S. Virgin Islands has not seen a cruise ship since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and might not see another this year, the West Indian Company Ltd. board was told at its Friday meeting.

Police Announce a Suspect Arrested in Gallows Bay Homicide

Officials of the V.I. Police Department announced at a news conference Friday afternoon that they had arrested 23 year-old Rajah Caul and charged him with the Jan. 12 murder of Michael Cruz.

Public Schools to Roll Out Hybrid Model Beginning in February

Between February and March, the V.I. Education Department will roll out a hybrid model for students, with some returning in-person and most remaining on virtual learning for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

USVI Health Officials Monitoring for New COVID Strains

With new variants of the COVID-19 virus now beginning to appear on the mainland, local Health officials said Thursday they will continue to monitor reported impacts while sending samples to the CDC to see if new strains begin to appear in the territory.

Face Covering Distinctions Are Blurry as Pandemic Marches On

Personnel at a local store this week did not object when a man and woman wore what appeared to be upside-down plastic face shields without a mask covering their nose and mouth.

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