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Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. explains Monday why he is extended the territory’s stay-at-home order for another month, to April 30. (Image captured from Government House live stream)

Bryan: Stay-At-Home Order Extended to April 30

Following the lead of federal leaders and public health organizations, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced Monday that the territory’s stay-at-home order has been extended a month, until April 30.
David Wallis, left, of the Limetree Bay Refinery Logistics Team, takes receipt of the first order of Breadfruit Alcohol Surface Sanitizer from Master Distiller Art Wollenweber of Mutiny Island Vodka. (Submitted photo)

Limetree Bay Collaborates With Mutiny for Sanitizer for Facility

Limetree Bay received its first delivery of a locally produced alcohol-based sanitizer last week, a delivery that will help clean the facility in light of the shortage of disinfectants.
An aerial photo captures the scene as firefighters battle the blaze that has burned through the roof. (Photo provided by V.I. Fire Services Director Daryl. A. George Sr.)

Blaze Hits Wheatley Shopping Center

A major fire engulfed Wheatley Shopping Center on St. Thomas, wiping out at least one store and extensively damaging others.

Ferries Ask PSC for Cutbacks, Subsidies to Offset Losses

Representatives from the territory’s franchise ferry companies painted a dire picture of operations, which were hard hit by the hurricanes in 2017 and are now “dramatically” impacted by a reduction in travel brought on by local coronavirus response efforts.
Sen. Novelle Francis discusses the federal excise tax on fuel, which he and others think should be repaid to the USVI government. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Legislators Teleconference to Discuss COVID-19

Members of the 33rd Legislature met Wednesday via teleconference to discuss the Legislature’s ongoing response to COVID-19, a response that could include canceling all public events and implementing a territorywide sick leave policy.

Schneider Hospital Executives Say Virus Is Coming but We’re Prepared

There is no wall built around the territory that is going to keep out the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness and it is only a matter of time before the territory sees it first cases.

HFA Touts Breakthroughs in Housing Programs

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith confirmed Wednesday that both the home ownership conversion program for Lovenlund and Bellevue communities and the EnVIsion Homeowner Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program, are in full swing.
Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion and Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis answer questions about the territory’s ability to respond to a local coronavirus outbreak. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Still No Coronavirus Cases in Territory; Tourism Worries About Cruise Traffic

Health officials said Monday no cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tourism officials also expressed concern about a statement from the U.S. State Department urging people to avoid taking cruises.
V.I. Department of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion testifies during Thursday’s Health, Hospitals, and Human Services Committee hearing. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

Mental Health Disparities Still a Concern in Territory

To bolster awareness and address the stigma surrounding mental health, a Senate panel voted Thursday to forward a bill declaring the month of May as Virgin Islands Mental Health Awareness Month.

Testifiers Butt Heads with Lawmakers Over WAPA and PSC Board Expertise

Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and Public Services Commission officials opposed two bills that would set minimum criteria of educational requirements for board members of each board.

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