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Committee of the Whole Chairman Novelle Francis Jr. leads Wednesday’s Senate meeting while wearing his protective mask. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senators Get Answers to Many COVID-19 Questions

The Department of Health and the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency spent Wednesday’s Senate Committee of the Whole meeting answering dozens of pandemic-related questions.

HUD Provides Grants for Health Hazard Studies

As much as $2 million is available for the Lead Technical Studies grant program, which seeks to mitigate paint hazards in homes, and $5 million for the Healthy Homes Technical Studies grant program, which examines the links between housing and health.
Street Level V.I. founder Priscilla Lynn presents donation to Gifft Hill School on St. John.  From left to right is: music teacher Dennison Blackett, and students Eion Roberts, Christian Foust, Ohsemenard Vales, A.J. Phillips and Ricquan Charlemagne. (Photo provided by Gifft High School)

Pandemic-Sheltering Musicians Find New Ways to Reach Audience

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the territory’s musicians have found new ways to bring their music to the masses by conducting virtual concerts, going live on Facebook and sharing videos of musical performances.

Territory’s Air Quality May Limit Number of COVID-19 Fatalities

A potential link between air quality and COVID-19 is the source of a national study conducted by the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University to determine if long-term exposure to fine particulate pollution is associated with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19.

Mass Testing to Begin Soon as Territory Starts Reopening

To safely start opening up the territory Department of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said it will soon begin mass testing for COVID-19.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announces the territory’s phased reopening plan. (Photo is a screen capture from the press conference)

Some Non-Essential Businesses May Resume Operations Monday

Several non-essential businesses will be permitted to open their doors starting Monday, although face masks will be required, as part of the territory’s phased reopening plan.

Farming in the Pandemic is a Growing Concern

Crops, farming and agriculture are perhaps not the first things people associate with the pandemic that has swept the globe, but for farmers like Shelli Brin the novel coronavirus has changed everything about farming.
Danielle Marie, dressed as a unicorn, is one of the instructors for Breathe Yoga for Kids. (Source photo by Shaun Pennington)

WTJX Airs ‘Breathe Yoga for Kids’

Breathe Yoga and WTJX have teamed up to offer “Breathe Yoga for Kids,” an interactive workout show that will air three times a week while residents are under the stay-at-home order during the pandemic.
The Alvaro deLugo Post Office.

COVID-19 Slowing Mail in States, But Not As Much in V.I.

Across the mainland United States, people have noticed their mail trickling into their mailboxes at slower rates than normal, but the U.S. Virgin Islands may fare better than the larger metropolitan areas.
Aerial photo shows the parcen on Crown Bay the V.I. Port Authority is seeking to turn into a marine center.

VIPA to Negotiate for New Marine Center

Virgin Islands Port Authority voted to negotiate with Off-Shore Marine Services, Inc. to lease two Port Authority properties in Crown Bay to develop a marine center and revamp the dilapidated land.





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