US Territories’ July 20-26, 2020 news week in tweets
WHY PUERTO RICO HAS DEBATED US STATEHOOD SINCE ITS COLONIZATION
Only 54% of mainland Americans knew Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and the US has resisted calls from the United Nations to fully decolonize its territory.
WHITE HOUSE TO REFRESH PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT BOARD
Trump administration prepares to nominate a mix of new members and holdovers that would preserve bipartisan makeup of the board supervising the islands’ finances.
OFFICIALS IN PUERTO RICO TRY TO BALANCE PUBLIC HEALTH PRECAUTIONS WITH ECONOMIC STABILITY
Officials in Puerto Rico are now put in a particularly difficult position, stuck between cautiousness about public health and attempting to handle economic struggles across the territory.
GUAM HAS BANDED SNAKE EEL, NO SEA SNAKES REPORTED, AQUATIC AND WILDLIFE OFFICIALS SAY
The Department of Agriculture Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources sent out a reminder to beachgoers, divers, and snorkelers that there has never been a sea snake reported in Guam’s waters.
COVID-19 CASES IN CNMI REACH 40 WITH GUAM ARRIVALS
Back-to back passengers from Guam have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Mariana Islands, taking their total number of coronavirus cases to 40.
NEW PRE-SCREENING PORTAL FOR TRAVELERS TO THE US VIRGIN ISLANDS
The US Virgin Islands, which reopened for tourism last month and has updated some of its protocols for incoming visitors, has launched a new pre-screening portal for all travelers visiting the destination.
GSA AND US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS OPEN NEW FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
The US General Services Administration (GSA) and the US District Court announce the opening of the new courthouse for the US District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands on Monday July 27, 2020. The new courthouse, located in Gualo Rai, Saipan, is the result of a 20-year lease between GSA and the Mariana Management Corporation.
FEMA OFFICIAL REFUSED ENTRY TO AMERICAN SAMOA BECAUSE OF COVID RESULT
A Federal official was refused entry into American Samoa last week because she had tested positive for COVID-19 a month earlier.