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Encarnacion Urges Residents to Get Flu Shot, Avoid Non-Essential Travel

With flu season around the corner, the Department of Health has published its influenza vaccine schedule, which Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said Monday could also help residents better fight other viruses.

New Hospitals on the Horizon, Pandemic Restrictions Begin to Loosen

Plans for the construction and repair of local hospitals and clinics are moving forward, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said on Tuesday, and the territory's pandemic restrictions are being eased in light of an apparent reduction of COVID-19 cases.

American Airlines Boosting Flights to the USVI

The U.S. Virgin Islands is expecting a major increase in American Airlines flights, beginning next month.

New Testing Pinpoints a COVID-Positive Traveler at Airport

The launch of a new screening program at the U.S. Virgin Island’s airports discovered one COVID-positive person traveling to St. Croix, according to officials. Since Sunday, a total of 34 tests have been conducted, officials said.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte defends his department's budget before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday. (Photo from USVI Legislature)

Despite Imminent Restrictions, Tourism Says USVI Has Been ‘Top of the Pack’ During Pandemic

Despite imminent restrictions that will shut down much of the V.I. economy, Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte told senators Thursday the territory has been “top of the pack” in terms of destinations tourists can reasonably travel to during the global pandemic.

Bryan: More Contagion Enforcement for Restaurants, Boaters and Fines for Not Wearing Masks

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. issued new COVID-19 mandates, limiting funerals to groups of 10, closures of restaurants that don’t comply with safety orders, confiscating boats that engage in “rafting” and fines for those not wearing a mask where it is required.
The monitor on the left shows the readout of the thermal camera King Airport. The brighter parts of the image are hotter. (Photo provided by VIPA)

Pandemic Answer Desk: Are All Airline Passengers Being Screened?

A Source reader wants to know if all airline passengers are being screened for COVID-19 upon entering the territory.
Members of the panel discuss the Virgin Islands protocols: clockwise from upper left, Assistant Commissioner Alani Henneman-Todman,CHTA Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Ledesma Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, and Lisa Hamliton, president of the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association. (Screen capture of streamed program)

USVI Shares Its Reopening Protocols with Others in Caribbean

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association held a virtual panel Tuesday sharing the U.S. Virgin Islands' reopening protocols with other members in the region, providing insight on reigniting tourism in the Caribbean.
A lionfish scavenges a reef off Secret Harbor, St. Thomas. (Source photo by Dave MacVean)

Virtual ‘Science Saturday’ Serves Lionfish and Kids

This Saturday, May 9, Kitty Edwards of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will host her second virtual edition of Science Saturday. Interested children and families are invited to watch the dissection of a lionfish.
An empty runway at the Cyril E. King Airport will be a common sight in upcoming months as airlines reduce their number of flights. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Airlines Slash Flights, Cancellations Expected Through May

The four airlines that frequently fly in and out of the Virgin Islands are slashing flight schedules significantly due to the shrinking demand in travel and stringent restrictions in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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