US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, January 9, 2023, Government House has announced. The positive test result precluded Mr Bryan from attending the swearing-in ceraemony of the 35th Legislature on Monday.
In lieu of his attendance, the governor sent a letter to the newly sworn senators congratulating them and expressing his desire to work collaboratively with the body for the betterment of the territory.
“As this Legislature and the Bryan-Roach Administration begin our work, we have an opportunity, as we serve two co-equal branches of our government, to work together in building stronger families, more robust infrastructure, and a stronger U.S. Virgin Islands. While the challenges that lie ahead are significant, I am confident in this body's ability and that of our administration to make a positive impact while confronting these challenges,” Governor Bryan wrote.
He added, “I look forward to working with each of you toward improving the delivery of services to the people of our community and to effectuating meaningful reforms aimed at improving the quality of life for all Virgin Islanders."
According to Gov't House, although the governor tested positive for Covid
, he wants to assure residents that his symptoms are mild and he is in good spirits.