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More and More Virgin Islanders Depending on Medicaid Funding That Might Expire

About 33,500 U.S. Virgin Islanders, or roughly one in three territory residents, gets health care thanks to Medicaid, Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez reported during Senate budget hearings Monday.

Governor Re-Evaluating In-Person Learning in Face of Rising COVID Numbers

While a final decision has not been made, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday he is re-evaluating the territory’s public school opening date of Aug. 9 in the face of growing number of COVId-19 cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Photo Focus: Ready and Waiting to Vaccinate

The V.I. Health Department's Emergency Operations Center will be parked all week outside of the University of the Virgin Islands' Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas, ready to provide free COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the school's planned reopening to in-person classes on Aug. 16.

Brown Named Deputy Chief for STJ; Newton to Direct Internal Affairs

Police Lt. Clayton Brown has been appointed deputy chief of police for the island of St. John, and Vivianne P. Newton as director of the Internal Affairs and Applicant Screening Bureau

This Week’s Senate Calendar: July 26 – July 30, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

Bryan: Mask Up, Distance or Face New Restrictions as Virus Surges

Virgin Islanders have a choice: they can either social distance, mask up and sanitize their hands frequently, or face more stringent restrictions as the territory battles a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Bryan Jr. said in a short broadcast Friday night.

Residents Speak Out at Bryan’s First STJ Town Hall Meeting

When Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and members of his cabinet showed up for a town hall meeting on St. John Wednesday night, residents were ready with a barrage of questions and comments about issues affecting the islands.

Solarizing St. Thomas Forging Ahead

Solar CrowdSource has successfully brought the community-based solar photovoltaic group purchasing program to 14 communities across Georgia and North Carolina.

Fish and Wildlife Getting Public Input Before Removing Local Agave from Endangered List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input about a plan to remove Agave eggersiana from its list of Endangered and Threatened Plants over the next 40 years. Work to increase the plant's abundance and security before the change are planned, at an estimated cost of more than $600,000.

Delta Variant of COVID-19 Confirmed in the USVI, Health Department Says

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the territory, the V.I. Health Department announced Wednesday as it urged residents to get vaccinated against the virus.

WaterWorx Offers St. John Residents Ways to Safeguard their Water

If you live in the Virgin Islands, chances are you depend on a cistern for supplying at least some of your household’s water needs.

UVI Students Stage Online Dialogue on COVID Vaccine Mandate

Students and staff with opposing views on the University of the Virgin Islands’ recent COVID vaccine mandate agreed Friday night on one thing: they all want the university’s campuses, and the people on them, to be safe.

Health Department Warns Delta Variant May Be Present in the Territory

The Delta variant of COVID-19 – a mutation of SARS-CoV-2 virus that is considered by health officials to be both more contagious than the original coronavirus and more lethal – may have been identified in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Seachange Arrives on St. Thomas Featuring Totally Modern Furniture

Although “sea change” generally refers to a paradigm shift or dramatic transition, entrepreneurs Ginny and Grant Maxwell created a subtle spin to the term by giving their new furniture shop the singular name, Seachange.

Department of Tourism Announces Residents will be Able to Upload Vaccine Card in Place of Negative COVID-19 Test

Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte announced that residents who have been vaccinated in the U.S. Virgin Islands will soon be able to upload their vaccine cards to the travel portal in place of a negative COVID-19 test or positive antibody test when traveling.

Bryan Announces New Travel Rules for BVI as it Battles COVID Outbreak

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has tightened entry requirements for anyone traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the British Virgin Islands as that territory battles a devastating COVID-19 outbreak that has seen five deaths in less than a week and an explosion of active cases that now number more than 1,550.

Bryan McKinney’s Murals Are Popping Up Around St. John

St. John has always attracted artists to its shores, and not all of them choose to show their work in a gallery. Some prefer a bigger “canvas,” like a concrete wall or the side of a building.

Limetree Bay Refinery Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Limetree Bay Refining LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Video of St. John Girl’s Song Shows “Kids Can Make a Difference”

On Earth Day 2020, Elena Magnie, who was 10 years old at the time, felt a call to take action. “Grownups make most of our decisions, and sometimes they don’t see kids as responsible or able to make a difference,” she said. “I wanted to tell kids they can.”

USVI Public Schools Resume In-Person Operations on Aug. 9

Public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands will resume in-person operations when the 2021-22 school year kicks off Aug. 9, the V.I. Department of Education announced.

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The Source had the opportunity Tuesday to sit down with V.I. Police Commissioner nominee Ray Martinez and talk about his more immediate goals, solutions for some of the department’s challenges and how he sees his first 100 days in office shaping up.

For the full article and #sourceinterview visit: stthomassource.com/content/2021/07/28/qa-with-ray-source-sits-down-with-vipds-commissioner-nominee/
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