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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.
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.

Limetree Bay Reports an Increase in COVID-19 Cases at Plant

Limetree Bay officials reported Monday that six individuals at the facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.
Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett

Plaskett Hosts Social Distancing Video Contest

Visual artists in the territory can share their creative, COVID-19-related works by entering the Virgin Islands Social Distancing Video Contest hosted by Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett.
Sen. Janelle Sarauw tells the Olive family she finds their proposal is economically sustainable and environmentally friendly. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Territory’s First Water Park May Be Coming to STT

The Virgin Islands family planning to bring the territory’s first water park to Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas gained some solid support from senators during Friday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

Long Bay Landing Project in Jeopardy

Plans for a third cruise ship dock on St. Thomas, which would create the berthing area to dock two Oasis-class ships, are being threatened by ongoing lawsuits and the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry.
Witnesses testify virtually at Wednesday's Senate committee hearing.

V.I. Prepares Protocols for Territory’s June 1 Relaunch of Tourism

The USVI will begin welcoming visitors back to its seaports, airports and hotels beginning June 1, and the V.I. Department of Health has issued a series of protocols and guidelines to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.
Sen. Steven Payne Sr., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety, and Veterans’ Affairs, speaks during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photos by Barry Leerdam, Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Crime Stats Show No Spike During COVID-19 Crisis, AG Tells Senators

The U.S. Virgin Islands does not seem to have recorded a spike in crime during the two months since a state of emergency was declared over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting To Know Your Virgin Island Lizards

During the Virgin Islands ‘safer at home’ phase, I have found myself engaging more frequently with my non-human housemates - especially the lizards.

Op-ed: Eid al-Fitr, a Beautiful Celebration Filled with Joy for Muslims

Eid al Fitr is coming soon; this is a holiday that Muslims celebrate at the ending of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Eid al Fitr will begin the evening of Saturday, May 23.

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