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More medical surge sites announced for Vermont

More medical surge sites announced for Vermont 50-bed medical trailers for Brattleboro, Mt. Ascutney

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Scott administration today announced that two more medical surge sites will be established — one in Rutland and one in Essex Junction —  as the state prepares for a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. In a press release today, Gov. Phil Scott said […]

Springfield Medical Systems manages under Covid-19 changes

Springfield Medical Systems manages under Covid-19 changes

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic has meant that health care systems have had to make changes to the way they work on a day-to-day basis while coping with shortages in gear and uncertain finances that can be difficult for rural providers and all the more […]

Testing reveals more cases; infections jump by 37

Testing reveals more cases; infections jump by 37

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The expanded testing regime announced by Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine seems to be turning up more new cases than were found when screening was limited to only the very sick. On Friday, Levine said that by having received a larger stockpile of test kits, the state […]

Gov. Scott: If you don't need to come to Vt., don't

Gov. Scott: If you don’t need to come to Vt., don’t New restrictions on lodging, mandated quarantine for travelers

By Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Phil Scott today ordered restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and ordered the lodging industry — including Airbnbs and others offering short-term rentals as well as campgrounds and RV parks — to close and stop taking reservations. […]

Covid-19 testing kicks off at Landmark College

Covid-19 testing kicks off at Landmark College Statewide testing increases by 56 percent from yesterday, 24 new cases, no new deaths

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 8 a.m. Sunday morning, in a chilly drizzle, Lt. Col. Miles Trudell and his crew of National Guard soldiers were putting the finishing touches on a drive-through testing operation at Landmark College’s parking lot D. The tents for registering and testing patients and processing specimens […]

Guard sets up Covid-19 testing site in Putney

Guard sets up Covid-19 testing site in Putney Opens Sunday; health-care provider referral required

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced this evening – Saturday, March 28, that the state’s National Guard is setting up a Covid-19 testing facility at a building on the Landmark College campus in Putney that will open on Sunday morning. (The state has since altered its plan and the testing […]

State Covid-19 total surpasses 200; 2 more die

State Covid-19 total surpasses 200; 2 more die No new cases recorded in Windsor, Windham

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Health Department today announced that the number of positive results for the coronavirus jumped from 183 to 211, from a total of 2,374 people tested. The number of patients who have died also rose by two to 12. There were no new cases in Windsor and Windham counties, […]

Levine touts 'full-court press' to ease testing rules

Levine touts ‘full-court press’ to ease testing rules Covid positives up by 26 from yesterday, 2 more patients die

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the nominal purpose of Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference this morning was to talk about his order to dismiss schools for the remainder of the year, that was overshadowed by the announcement of relaxed requirements for testing Vermonters for Covid-19, the increase in positive tests by […]

Gov. Scott: Schools won't reopen this school year

Gov. Scott: Schools won’t reopen this school year Distance learning will continue with AOE guidance

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott today directed schools to remain closed through June, but continue distance learning. This extends the previous directive closing Pre-k-12 schools from March 18 to April 6. The decision, according to a press release, was made to slow the spread of coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, the disease that […]

Open meetings law to be relaxed during emergency

Open meetings law to be relaxed during emergency Temporary measures allow meetings to have no physical place, must include public by phone

Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Today, Thursday March 26,  Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation that will ease some of the requirements for access to the meetings of public boards and allow for more time to post the minutes of those meetings. A statement in the law says it is the intent of the […]

Covid-19 cases rise by nearly a third to 158

Covid-19 cases rise by nearly a third to 158 Health Dept. cautions against using drugs not approved for the illness

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The number of Covid-19 cases in Vermont rose by 35 today, Thursday, March 26, from 123 yesterday to 158 and the Department of Health announced that another patient has died raising that total to nine. To date, six of those patients who have died were residents of […]

Citing 'exponential growth' in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Scott tightens stay home order

Citing ‘exponential growth’ in Covid-19 cases, Gov. Scott tightens stay home order 28 new cases brings total to 123 as another patient dies

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just eyeballing this, everyone can see this does not represent linear growth,” said Dr. Mark Levine, pointing to a bar graph that showed cumulative and new cases of Covid-19 from March 7 through March 24. Levine, Vermont’s commissioner of health, was speaking at a press conference Wednesday […]

Covid-19 Task Force looks for so. Vt. medical sites

Covid-19 Task Force looks for so. Vt. medical sites Scott orders non-exempt business to end in-person contact

By Shawn Cunningham ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the Vermont National Guard works to set up emergency medical centers in northern Vermont to help hospitals with a possible surge in Covid-19 cases that could overwhelm them, Gov. Phil Scott’s Covid-19 Task Force is searching southern Vermont for similar sites, Mark Bosma, spokesman for Vermont Emergency […]

Covid-19 cases hit 95; 2 more patients die

Covid-19 cases hit 95; 2 more patients die

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Twenty more people in Vermont have tested for the coronavirus that causes the illness Covid-19, latest figures from the Vermont Health Department announced on Tuesday afternoon, March 23. According to the Health Department’s website, the number of those infected rose from 75 Monday to 95 on Tuesday, […]

Vermont's Covid-19 cases rise to 75; 3 more dead

Vermont’s Covid-19 cases rise to 75; 3 more dead

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC At a noon time press conference, the administration of Gov. Phil Scott announced that 23 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total in Vermont from 52 yesterday to 75 today. In addition, three more residents of Burlington Health and Rehab have died of COVID-19, […]

COVID-19 cases up three to 52 positives

COVID-19 cases up three to 52 positives Some confusion as some county totals drop

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Ahead of its daily update, the Vermont Department of Health changed the numbers on its website to show an increase of three positive tests for coronavirus but also unexplained drops in the number of the cases so far in two counties, Windsor and Orange. Those two counties […]

Think before you share: Rumor control in the time of COVID-19

Think before you share: Rumor control in the time of COVID-19

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC There’s a lot of mistaken, misinterpreted and downright malicious stuff out there about the coronovirus that causes the illness Covid-19. And much of it is spread through social media. Before you share something that seems dire, ask yourself if it’s true. Spreading misinformation can be damaging to efforts […]

20 new Covid-19 cases: 2 in Windsor, 1 in Windham counties

20 new Covid-19 cases: 2 in Windsor, 1 in Windham counties Seven reported from Burlington long-term care center

© Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Health Department late this afternoon – Saturday, March 21 — announced that 20 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus since yesterday, but lacked information on four of them. This brings the total for the state to 49, with 30 of those coming in the past two days. […]

State orders more businesses closed, further limits size of gatherings

State orders more businesses closed, further limits size of gatherings

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an early morning press release, Gov. Phil Scott announced that the State of Vermont is ordering the closure of “close-contact” businesses and limiting the size of “non-essential” gatherings to 1o or fewer people. The press release quotes Scott as saying, “I will continue act to slow the spread of […]

Vermont's COVID-19 cases climb by seven to 29

Vermont’s COVID-19 cases climb by seven to 29

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine announced that seven more people in Vermont have tested positive for the coronavirus bringing the total for the state to 29 since the first case was announced on March 7. The first case in the United States was detected on Jan. 19 […]