• Vermont July 6, 2021 6:40 pm

    Historic Vermont State House Reopens to Public After COVID

    Vermont marked a significant milestone Tuesday in its recovery from COVID-19, reopening its most famous building to the public for the first time since March of 2020. The historic Vermont State House in Montpelier is a popular place with travelers interested in history and government, but the pandemic had it closed to visitors for nearly 17 months. “Life is getting…

  • COVID-19 June 14, 2021 6:16 pm

    Vermont Lifts COVID Restrictions, 1st State to Vaccinate 80% of Eligible Population

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday announced he was lifting all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, effective immediately, after the state crossed a major vaccination milestone. Scott said the move was possible because the state had reached its goal of having 80% of its eligible population receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “You’ve done it better than any place…

  • coronavirus in vermont May 18, 2021 4:48 pm

    Policy Changes on Masks Causes Confusion in Vermont

    Mask mandate rulings are different depending on where you live in the state.

  • Vermont April 6, 2021 6:50 pm

    Vermont Gov. Scott Outlines Plan to Completely Reopen State by July 4

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday laid out a plan to completely reopen the state’s economy and normalize life by July 4 if residents continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Scott outlined his “Vermont Forward” plan, which would see the complete reopening of businesses, events and gatherings over the course of three months. “We’re in the last laps of...

  • coronavirus November 17, 2020 7:27 pm

    With COVID Rising in Vt., Including Rurally, Leaders Plead for Social Distancing

    Vermont’s governor and health commissioner Tuesday called on residents of their state to get even more serious about disease prevention, following sharp spikes in coronavirus infections recently. Gov. Phil Scott defended strict coronavirus restrictions put in place by his administration Tuesday, saying those who choose to flaunt guidelines should not call themselves patriotic. “The skeptics are right: they can...

  • coronavirus in vermont October 19, 2020 9:03 pm

    Vermont COVID Outbreak Linked to Hockey Rink Grows to 30 Cases

    The outbreak of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 traced to a Montpelier hockey rink has expanded to 30, the Vermont Health Department said Monday. The cases are linked to adult and youth hockey leagues and an adult broomball league at the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center. The Health Department is planning a pop-up testing clinic Thursday at…

  • coronavirus October 5, 2020 3:51 pm

    Vermont Reports Largest 1-Day Increase in Coronavirus Cases Since Early June

    The Vermont Health Department on Monday reported 33 new cases of the coronavirus, the largest one-day increase since June 3. Statistics posted to the department’s website said that 26 of the new cases were in Addison County. Health Department and Agriculture officials planned a news conference in the afternoon to discuss the state’s investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 at…

  • coronavirus September 29, 2020 12:36 pm

    Gov. Scott Urges Vermonters Not to Let Their Guard Down

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott urged residents Tuesday not to let their guard down despite the state’s recent success in keeping the coronavirus in check. “We continue to do well here in Vermont, and we’re not seeing the jump in cases we thought we would at this point,” he said. But he said other parts of the country and even...

  • snow days August 31, 2020 11:43 am

    No More Snow Days? Why COVID Could Mean the End of Weather Related School Cancellations

    Some educators are already wondering if remote learning could mean the end of snow days, the unexpected days off when weather conditions make it too hard for staff and children to reach school. Bryan Olkowski, the superintendent of the Washington Central Supervisory Union in Vermont, recently floated the idea at a school board meeting. He said he brought it up…

  • coronavirus in vermont August 21, 2020 12:51 pm

    Vermont's COVID-19 Numbers Tick Up, But Its Positivity Rate Still Leads US, Gov. Says

    While Vermont reported 61 new coronavirus cases over the last week — an increase from 39 the week before — the news delivered by Gov. Phil Scott and his administration at a news conference Friday was mostly positive. Finance Commissioner Mike Pieciak said the slight increase was due in large part to college students returning to campuses across the Green…

  • coronavirus August 4, 2020 1:28 pm

    With Number of Coronavirus Cases Low, Vt. Gov. Says State Ready to Restart School

    Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday reiterated Vermont is on track to start school in the fall due to a low number of coronavirus cases in the state. The Green Mountain State reported just one new case on Monday, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 1,427, while the death toll remained at 57. “Our numbers continue to look good…

  • coronavirus June 26, 2020 12:02 pm

    Vermont Expands Visitation Without Quarantine

    Vermont is expanding their trusted travel map, a list of communities that have been approved to visit the state without a two week quarantine. Counties in other states must meet a threshold of less than 400 active cases per million and be within driving distance of Vermont in order to qualify. Beginning July 1, counties in states including Pennsylvania, New…

  • coronavirus in vermont June 6, 2020 10:26 am

    Lives Lost: Twins Were Gentle Giants in Small Vermont Town

    After Hurricane Irene sent flood waters raging through the tiny town of Wilmington, Vermont, in 2011, residents responded the way they always had. They showed up with bucket loaders, shovels and anything they could find to clean out mud-caked basements. When word spread in April that Cleon Boyd, a lifelong resident who embodied the town’s toughness, had died from coronavirus,…

  • coronanvirus May 15, 2020 8:18 pm

    Vt. Gov. Relaxes Stay-at-Home Advisory, Extends State of Emergency

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is extending the state’s emergency declaration until June 15 and relaxing the stay-at-home advisory. “We’re now two months into the state of emergency but I’ve got to admit, it seems like a year ago. It’s incredible to think back to all that’s happened since early March,” Scott said. “We’ve all been through a lot.” Campgrounds,...

  • coronavirus April 25, 2020 7:11 am

    Vermont Takes Another Step Toward Reopening Its Economy

    The governor of Vermont Friday said he will continue taking slow and careful steps to reopen the state’s economy, but has signaled if COVID-19 infections pick up, progress could be dialed back again. “No one wants to get Vermont back to work more than me,” said Gov. Phil Scott. “But as we do, we must outsmart and beat this...

  • protest April 20, 2020 6:37 pm

    Students Protest Potential Closure of 3 Vt. Colleges Amid COVID-19 Financial Situation

    A vote will soon be scheduled on whether to permanently close three state colleges in Vermont amid the ongoing effects from COVID-19. On Monday, students in their vehicles protested the potential decision outside the schools and outside the State House.

  • coronavirus in vermont April 20, 2020 6:39 pm

    ‘Save Our School, Please!' Vt. Students Plead for Lifeline for State Colleges Eyed for Closure

    Citing massive financial stresses brought on by COVID-19, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges has called for the closures of three campuses—believing doing so will shore up other parts of the state’s public higher education system. A vote on the proposal initially scheduled for Monday has been postponed. “The truth is also that without making an extremely distasteful...

  • coronavirus April 17, 2020 12:16 pm

    Vt. Gov. Taking Steps to Restart Economy

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott outlined a five-step process to restart the state’s economy Friday after health officials determined they have reached their peak in coronavirus cases. “While these trends are encouraging, I want to be clear – we’re not declaring victory because we’re not out of the woods yet,” Scott said, “but we are seeing some daylight. Here’s what’s...

  • Vermont April 6, 2020 12:15 pm

    Vt. State Trooper Makes Protective Masks for Health Care Workers in Need

    When a Vermont state trooper learned that some nurses and doctors in Bennington were short on masks, he went to work. Trooper Robert Zink, of the Rutland barracks, enjoys using his 3D printer in his free time. With the help of a friend, he made 60 face shields for the staff at Bennington Health and Rehab Center, according to police….

  • Vermont March 25, 2020 4:37 pm

    Vt. Announces 8th Death From Coronavirus; ‘Stay at Home,' Gov. Scott Says

    Vermont officials on Wednesday announced the state’s eighth death from COVID-19, urging residents to follow social distancing guidelines to help stem the spread of the disease. Six of the fatal cases are connected to the Burlington Health & Rehab care facility, health commissioner Mark Levine said in a press conference. Officials said the total number of confirmed cases stood...

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