• coronavirus Nov 18

    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 Oct 20

    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 Oct 5

    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 Sep 29

    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 Aug 31

    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 Aug 21

    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 Aug 4

    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 Jun 26

    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 Jun 6

    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 16

    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 Apr 25

    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...

  • coronavirus in vermont Apr 20

    ‘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...

  • protest Apr 20

    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 Apr 17

    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 Apr 6

    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 Mar 25

    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...

  • coronavirus in vermont Mar 21

    Vt. Gov. Announces New Business Restrictions to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced new community mitigation measures Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though most people affected by COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms, others, such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions, are at higher risk of getting very sick from the virus. Along with the Department of Health, Scott determined it is necessary to bar…

  • coronavirus Mar 15

    3 New Cases of COVID-19 Appear in Vermont

    Public health authorities say Vermont is home to three new presumptive cases of the coronavirus disease. The Vermont Department of Health says Saturday there are now four presumptive positive cases and one confirmed case in the state. The department says the new cases involve a Windsor County man in his 90s, a Washington County man in his 50s and a…

  • coronavirus in vermont Mar 13

    Urgent Push to Protect Vulnerable Vt. Residents from COVID-19

    Vermonters are urging their neighbors to take personal steps to protect seniors and those with compromised immune systems from COVID-19. The state has reported two cases of COVID-19, one in Bennington County and one in Chittenden County, though state leaders expect the number of cases to grow. “I literally will die,” said Karen Geiger of Williston, who is about to…

  • coronavirus Mar 13

    Vt. Man in Critical Condition With COVID-19

    Officials at Vermont’s largest hospital Thursday announced a man they are treating for COVID-19 is in critical condition. The patient, who the Vermont Department of Health said is from Chittenden County and in his 70s, is in an isolation room in the intensive care section of the UVM Medical Center, according to the hospital. “Our thoughts are with the...

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