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Slightly Weakened Josephine to Pass By USVI Over the Weekend

The National Hurricane Center on Friday said it expects a slightly weakened Tropical Storm Josephine to pass far enough to the northeast of the Leeward Islands over the weekend that there will be no major impacts.

USVI Makes Quarantine List and Washington Post Front Page

The recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the territory has caught the attention of national media.

Students and Teachers Will All Work from Home; Parents Face Deadline

The V.I. Department of Education is once again shifting plans for the start of school following Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s announcement Thursday afternoon that all non-essential government workers will be working from home in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
Gov. Albert Bryan speaks about the coronavirus in this March photo. (File photo by Susan Ellis)

‘Stay at Home’ Executive Order in Place Until At Least Aug. 31

Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, the territory is reverting back to “Stay at Home” status in an effort to quash the continued spike in positive COVID-19 cases on St. Thomas, according to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
Former Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Ann Golden testifies as chairwoman before the Senate in 2015. (File photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Judge Gives Former Casino Commission Chairwoman 24 Months

A public official who admitted to taking thousands of dollars from the Casino Control Commission was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Thursday.
Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix. (File photo)

Corrections Sets the Record Straight After Website Offers False Information

On Thursday afternoon, a statement from the Corrections Bureau called out a website that appeared to be at the core of the rumors of COVID-19 at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility on St. Croix.
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.

UVI and VITEMA Work to Update Hazard Mitigation Plan

The University of the Virgin Islands and the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency are continuing their annual effort to update the territory’s “Hazard Mitigation Plan,” a requirement for FEMA emergency assistance.

Depression Becomes Tropical Storm Josephine

Tropical Depression 11 is now Tropical Storm Josephine, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 a.m. Thursday update.

Bryan Imposes 2 Week Partial Shutdown To Try to Slow STT COVID-19 Explosion

All nonessential businesses are ordered closed starting 6 a.m. Monday. V.I. hotels are ordered to stop taking recreational reservations immediately and only take reservations for emergency personnel and government travel. Beaches, restaurants and businesses all affected.

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