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Disaster Recovery Office Spent $2 Billion of $8 Billion Fed Aid

The Disaster Recovery Office, set up after the devastating twin hurricanes of 2017, has spent $1.94 billion and obligated $4.45 billion, or more than 56 percent of the anticipated $8 billion in federal disaster recovery funds appropriated for the territory.

STJ – CZM Approves Cruz Bay and Lovango Cay Permit Applications

The St. John Committee of the Coastal Zone Management Board approved two applications for projects – one in Cruz Bay, and one on Lovango Cay – at an online hearing Thursday afternoon.

Juneteenth Now a National and USVI Holiday – Government On Leave Friday

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing Juneteenth, on June 19 as a national holiday and Gov. Albert Bryan followed suit in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

V.I. Energy Office Changes Net Energy Billing Application Process

The Virgin Islands Energy Office is changing its application process for the Net Energy Billing program, it announced on Wednesday.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Stopping at St. Thomas July 6

About 15-20 ships, almost half of the Royal Caribbean Group’s fleet, will be deployed in the Eastern Caribbean this year, starting on July 6 with a stop on St. Thomas, according to cruise line officials.

STT COVID-19 Infection Rate Surges Despite Vaccine Availability

There are 92 active COVID-19 cases as of June 15 and the numbers are rising, the Health Department said in a statement Wednesday. The territory marked its 30th death from the infectious disease on Monday.

Two-Day Fete Planned for St. John 4th of July Weekend; Vaccinations Please

An early July weekend of culture and fun, celebrating V.I. Emancipation Day and U.S. Independence Day, are in the works for the island of St. John. Vaccinations are required for in-person events.

VIPA OKs Negotiations For Affordable Housing in Lindbergh Bay

The V.I. Port Authority Board voted Wednesday to have Executive Director Carlton Dowe proceed into contract negotiations with The Benoit Group, LLC to develop affordable housing at Thatch Farm in Estate Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas.

Caneel Purpose Group Outlines Plan for St. John Resort

St. John residents got their first opportunity to meet face-to-face with one partner in the group hoping to take over the Caneel Bay Resort lease and accelerate the process of rebuilding the iconic hotel that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Knud Hansen Complex Closed Due to COVID-19 Case

The V.I. Human Services Department’s Knud Hansen Complex on St. Thomas will be closed Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 17 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. DHS is currently working with the V.I. Health Department’s Division of Epidemiology to ensure contact tracing, and staff members have been referred to pop-up testing sites, according to a press release issued Wednesday morning. It also has activated COVID-19 mitigation protocols. All other DHS offices will continue their normal operations. Employees that are identified as “patients under investigation” by the DOH must produce a COVID-19 negative test before returning to work, the release stated. With the notification of the confirmed COVID-19 positive test, DHS, in conjunction with the Health Department, has initiated emergency response protocols that include widespread self-monitoring and testing of those who were in direct contact with the impacted staff person, appropriate notifications and continued distancing protocols. If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, self-quarantine and immediately contact the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline at 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519.  

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