Category: Government House News

Health Commissioner Stresses Importance of Self-Monitoring As COVID-19 Goes Endemic

CHRISTIANSTED — During Monday’s weekly Government House briefing, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion said it was important for residents to self-monitor as the territory transitions from the pandemic phase of COVID-19 to the endemic phase of the virus. In an endemic phase, a virus will always be circulating among the community in some like, like the flu […]

Bryan Asks For $21 Million In Federal Funding Available Through Omnibus Bill

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement regarding $21 million in Community Project Funding (CPF) requests he forwarded to Delegate Stacey Plaskett to submit to Congress for consideration under the $1.5 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which President Biden signed into law in March: “Congressional earmarks for federally funded local projects are back, […]

Governor Bryan Tests Positive for COVID-19

Chief Executive cancels all public appearances and is self-quarantining in accordance with CDC and V.I. Department of Health guidelines CHRISTIANSTED — After returning to the territory on Tuesday afternoon following a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., and Miami, Governor Albert Bryan tested positive for COVID-19 early this morning. While Governor Bryan is asymptomatic and in good […]

Health Department Urges All To Mind COVID-19 Safety Protocols Heading Into Carnival

CHRISTIANSTED — During today’s weekly Government House briefing, Territorial Epidemiologist Dr. Esther Ellis said the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the territory has remained higher that health officials had hoped, and she urged residents to take precautions against spreading the virus as Carnival season begins. “As we embark on Carnival on St. Thomas, it […]

Governor Says Online St. Croix Refinery Could Be Key To Relieving National Gas Price Crisis

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan issued the following statement about the potential for the St. Croix refinery to assist the United States in its national gas price relief efforts: “The United States faces unprecedented challenges on the energy front. Supply chain issues associated with the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and general inflationary […]

Governor Bryan Signs Into Law Merger Between Fire Service and EMS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan signed into law Friday the Fire-EMS merger legislation that will combine the two agencies in an attempt to “deliver more efficient and comprehensive emergency medical services to Virgin Islanders.” Under the new law, the Territory’s Emergency Medical Services will be a division of the Virgin Islands Fire Service, which will […]

First Lady Yolanda Bryan Hosting Easter Egg Hunts On St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas

CRUZ BAY — First Lady Yolanda Bryan is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children, which includes mini-parades, games, prizes and other treats at the Battery on St. John at 2 p.m. today. Mrs. Bryan also has Easter Egg hunts and fun children’s events scheduled for St. Thomas and St. Croix next week. On St. […]

Key Agency Heads Will Update Residents on Recovery On ‘The Press Box’ Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Office of Disaster Recovery Executive Director Adrienne Williams-Octalien; Public Works Commissioner Derek Gabriel; Chief Operations Officer of the Department of Education Dionne Wells-Hedrington and Sports, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White will give comprehensive updates on “The Press Box” at 5:30 p.m. today. The presentations will be made on the Government House Facebook […]

Governor Bryan Closes On Bond Sale To Stave Off GERS Insolvency

Matching Fund Special Purpose Securitization Corporation will use significant savings from refinance of Rum Cover-Over Bonds to provide long-term stability to retirement system WASHINGTON — During his trip this week to the nation’s capitol., Governor Albert Bryan signed documents to execute the sale of reissued Rum Cover-Over Bonds, creating significant savings in debt-service and interest […]

Office of Gun Violence Prevention Director Antonio Emanuel On ‘Inside the Cabinet’

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Office of Gun Violence Prevention (OGVP) Director Antonio Emanuel will host“Inside the Cabinet” at 6 p.m. today to take questions and discuss issues live with residents. Director Emanuel will talk about the formation of the OGVP’s new advisory board; his recent meeting andongoing work with the National Network for Safe Communities; and […]