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Due to travel and gatherings for the holidays, the last two days have turned up 50 new COVID-19 cases in the territory, prompting Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to ask residents on Thursday to prepare for a new surge over the next two weeks.
The shift to a Democratic-led Senate after the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff in Georgia this week could lead to additional stimulus funds for Virgin Islanders, complementing the $600 already signed into law, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
To keep COVID numbers down over the holiday season, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Thursday that as an extra precaution, no traveler is allowed into the territory without a negative COVID-19 test effective Monday, Jan. 18.
In an open letter to her constituents, Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett writes, "This time of tremendous adversity has required a deeper level of resilience and endurance from each of us..."
It seems at times that the COVID-19 pandemic is the only thing that happened in 2020. But it’s been an eventful year, from beginning to end. The Virgin Islands lost some icons, took some economic damage and had some fun.
From humble beginnings on his grandparents’ farm in communist Romania, Edgar Zambo rose to self-described “influencer” status in financial circles and would like to bring his expertise to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
After reporting a COVID-positivity rate of about 9 percent a week earlier, officials on Monday announced that numbers show the territory is moving in the right direction, with 114 positive tests out of 2,248 tested, about 5 percent.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the V.I. Department of Health provided free COVID-19 testing at the Home Depot parking lot on St. Croix and at the St. Thomas Home Depot. There has recently been a spike in Covid-19 cases in the territory bringing the amount up to 188 active cases.
An interventional nephrologist on St. Croix and an infectious disease physician on St. Thomas were among the clinical healthcare staff in the Virgin Islands to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recently authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
As the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the territory on Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. reminded residents to continue wearing masks and maintain social distancing.