With a COVID positivity rate of 1.8 percent this week, up from 1.1 percent the week before, officials said new cases of the virus are still being confirmed within the territory, but increased vaccination can bring them to zero.
On what would have been one of the biggest nights of V.I. Carnival, Children’s Parade Day, Tourism officials presented “1 Night, 1 Fete,” an event they said could mark a new paradigm for public events during the pandemic.
While remaining cautiously optimistic about a 1.4 percent weekly positivity rate, officials cautioned on Monday that it is easy for the territory to “take a step back” if residents don’t follow safety guidelines.
With active investigations ongoing, the top brass of the V.I. Police Department released few details about two separate shooting incidents on St. Croix Monday night that left three men dead, but did say they expected to solve both cases in “short order.”
Citing a continued decrease in new COVID-19 cases, with 51 active cases currently being tracked, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Monday that he felt comfortable easing restrictions on weekend and holiday beach closings and restaurant seating.
While the territory has thus far escaped dust from the La Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent, the National Weather Service projects that changes in wind direction will bring ash – and more Sahara dust – on Thursday.
With 14 out of 50 states at high risk for a COVID-19 surge, the U.S. Virgin Islands has one of the lowest weekly positivity rates in the nation at 1.55 percent, with 3,194 residents tested in the past week alone and 64 active cases being tracked.
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