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Gerontologist Neda McGuire Helps Clients with Aging and Beyond

Gerontologist and end-of-life doula Neda McGuire has good news for older adults and those traversing their journeys as senior citizens. 

‘Stop Infecting Vulnerable Populations,’ Health’s Medical Director Urges

In a candid plea Monday, Health Department Medical Director Dr. Tai Hunte-Caesar said irresponsible behavior within the USVI community is causing the spread of COVID-19 to the elderly and other vulnerable populations and needs to stop.
Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach. (File photo)

Roach Seeks End to Avera Contract Discussions

In the latest development surrounding tech startup Avera, Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach said he is requesting an end to ongoing discussions between the company and the Department of Health regarding a $1 million contract for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Bryan Defends Contract to Daughter’s Firm, Decries ‘Attacking the Children’

Health officials and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. say a $1 million no-bid contract awarded to Avera Inc., whose management includes Bryan’s daughter, Aliyah Bryan, and campaign intern, Michael Pemberton, was proper.

Senators Push to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Committee on Health, Hospitals and Human Services moved forward legislation Wednesday that, among other things, would strictly prohibit corporal punishment in school settings.

Senators Say Health Department Didn’t Follow Procurement Process for $1 Million...

Members of the Senate Finance Committee expressed shock when Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said the department entered a $1 million contract for pandemic-related contact tracing services without requesting bids through Property and Procurement.

Human Services Offering Pandemic Childcare Subsidy for Working Parents

The V.I. Department of Human Services is offering working parents and guardians relief during the COVID-19 pandemic via a Federal Block Grant program that provides a child care subsidy for children up to 12 years old.
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.
Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin urged families to stay at home and not socialize while schools are closed. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Plans in Place for Start of the School Year – and...

Questions were flying at a rate of 12 per minute as close to 700 viewers tuned into The Press Box on Thursday night to hear the V.I. Education Department’s plans for safely reopening schools amid the ongoing pandemic.

Live and in Color: Government House Reaches Out to the Community...

When Government House launched its weekly “The Press Box” live broadcasts in January, the words COVID-19, pandemic and social distancing were yet to become a part of the everyday lexicon of Virgin Islanders.