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Weekly Covid Update: State urges more masking as new positive rate smashes record 10,000

Weekly Covid Update: State urges more masking as new positive rate smashes record 10,000 Vermont's 175,000 available test gone within hours

©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state hit a record single-day total of 2,975 cases this past week after glitches in the state Health Department website delayed recording positive case numbers. The new record-breaking weekly total smashed through the 10,000 barrier with 12,509 new cases, up from 7,884 the week before and nearly quadrupling weekly case […]

Andover board opts for in-person Town Meeting; Bodin says voters' voices are being disrespected

Andover board opts for in-person Town Meeting; Bodin says voters’ voices are being disrespected

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC Long simmering disagreements over a number of issues boiled over at Monday’s Andover Select Board meeting after the board decided on a 3 to 2 vote to return to a “floor vote” Town Meeting rather than using Australian ballots as it did last year due to the […]

Chester board opts for remote Town Meeting; kicks cannabis vote down the road

Chester board opts for remote Town Meeting; kicks cannabis vote down the road

By Shawn Cunningham © 2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the second year in a row, the Chester Select Board has concluded that putting the question of allowing retail sales of cannabis before the voters needs more board discussion, although they may look at it on Wednesday, Jan. 19, the final day before they must finalize […]

Need a vax?  Springfield Hospital holds walk-in clinic

Need a vax? Springfield Hospital holds walk-in clinic

Springfield Hospital, working in close collaboration with the state of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Health, is utilizing the six-person FEMA team to provide an outpatient vaccination clinic onsite at the hospital. The vaccine clinic is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 14 at the hospital, 25 Ridgewood Road in […]

Weekly Covid Update: Vermont, Chester hit record Covid numbers again

Weekly Covid Update: Vermont, Chester hit record Covid numbers again

©2022 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a sentence that seems like a broken record, and as state officials predicted heading into the holidays, Vermont’s new Covid-19 cases have soared into record territory again this past week. The state hit a record single-day total of 2,188 cases Thursday. The record busting new weekly total now stands at […]

Chester board OKs 'statement' encouraging individual Covid mitigation measures

Chester board OKs ‘statement’ encouraging individual Covid mitigation measures

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC While a number of area towns including Cavendish, Ludlow and Windham have instituted mask mandates for public buildings, the Chester board issued a statement that while there is increasing transmission of Covid in Vermont and New Hampshire, “The Town of Chester is not supportive of implementing a mask […]

Vermont Covid cases hit new records

Vermont Covid cases hit new records Omicron has yet to show impact on hospitalizations, deaths

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As state officials predicted heading into the holidays and the new year — and likely driven by the more contagious Omicron variant –Vermont’s new Covid-19 cases have soared into record territory this past week. The state hit a single-day case total of 1,352 on Thursday, Dec. 30, and a record weekly […]

Free rapid test kits available for students in K-12

Free rapid test kits available for students in K-12 Registration required prior to pickup

MONTPELIER Gov. Phil Scott has announced that parents and caregivers of Vermont’s K-12 children will be able to pick up one free rapid antigen test kit per student this week at sites around Vermont. The state is encouraging parents to use these kits to test kids before they return to school next week, but a […]

Weekly update: Vermont Covid numbers decline but post-holiday surge expected

Weekly update: Vermont Covid numbers decline but post-holiday surge expected Take-home, onsite tests offered during pre-New Year's week

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With a weekly update that does not include numbers from Friday, Dec. 24, Vermont’s new Covid-19 cases have shown a decline this past week with a weekly total of 2,456 infections recorded as of Thursday, down from 2,752 cases last week, including data from last Friday. Although this data shows a […]

Chester board's mask discussions to continue through holidays

Chester board’s mask discussions to continue through holidays

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the Cavendish Select Board approved a mask mandate for public places with little debate and even less public attendance last Monday, Chester’s board has held two meetings and appears stymied over how to recommend but not mandate that people wear masks in public buildings due to […]

State Covid cases decline, Chester numbers rise

State Covid cases decline, Chester numbers rise Officials plead with Vermonters to get vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s new Covid-19 case numbers have declined this past week, with a weekly total of 2,752 infections recorded, down from the record 3,428 cases last week. Although a decline, this is still the second highest weekly total seen since the start of the pandemic. The Vermont overall Covid case total now […]

Cavendish adopts mask mandate for public buildings

Cavendish adopts mask mandate for public buildings

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC By a unanimous vote on Monday evening the Cavendish Select Board adopted a model mask mandate written by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns that will require the wearing of masks in all public buildings. Board members and Town Manager Brendan McNamara acknowledged that the mandate […]

To the editor: Chester board should institute a mask mandate

To the editor: Chester board should institute a mask mandate

After some debate on the topic, I can only determine three core reasons that some of my fellow citizens have for not wanting a mask mandate in Chester. a) They don’t want anyone telling them what to do. b) They don’t believe the science telling us that masks help mitigate the transmission of Covid. c) […]

Vermont hits daily, weekly records of Covid cases

Vermont hits daily, weekly records of Covid cases Dr. Levine sees 'true post-Thanksgiving surge;' 74% of those hospitalized, 81% of ICU patients are not fully vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In a trend that’s all too familiar, Vermont’s Covid-19 case numbers have again set new records, with a new daily total of 740 recorded on Friday, Dec. 10 and a new weekly record of 3,428, jumping by nearly 800 from the last previous record of 2,627 set two weeks ago. The […]

State kid-vaxx incentive program could bring thousands of dollars into TRSU schools

State kid-vaxx incentive program could bring thousands of dollars into TRSU schools

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott and the Agency of Education announced Tuesday the School Vaccine Incentive Program, committing $2 million in federal emergency funds to schools that achieve a student vaccination rate of 85 percent or higher. Schools that meet this threshold will be eligible for a minimum award of $2,000 and a […]

TRSU looks to align school schedules for both its districts

TRSU looks to align school schedules for both its districts 'Test to Stay' keeps students in school instead of quarantine

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC During her monthly report to the Two Rivers Supervisory Union board, Superintendent Lauren Fierman spoke of “aligning the schedules” of the SU’s five schools. Currently, Cavendish Town Elementary School has an early release every Tuesday, with the remainder of the day being used by the faculty for […]

State Human Services chief Mike Smith to retire

State Human Services chief Mike Smith to retire

Secretary of Human Services Mike Smith is set to retire at the end of the year, after his second stint leading the state’s largest agency. In announcing the retirement on Monday, Gov. Phil Scott said, “When I asked Mike to come back to his old job in late 2019, it’s fair to say nobody expected […]

Covid numbers continue to rise locally, statewide

Covid numbers continue to rise locally, statewide Weekly update: 2,543 new cases statewide; 36 in Chester

  ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the past two weeks, Vermont’s Covid-19 case numbers have continued to shatter records, hitting new high during both Thanksgiving week and last week. Although the state’s daily dashboard was not updated on Thanksgiving and the Friday after, the state did release the daily case numbers for those individual days […]

GMUSD finance committee gets first look at proposed FY23 budget

GMUSD finance committee gets first look at proposed FY23 budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Finance Committee of the Green Mountain Unified School District got a first look at the administration’s proposed 2022-23 budget as it met on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Green Mountain High School. The almost $15 million  spending plan for running the high school plus Chester-Andover and Cavendish […]

Update: Vermont Covid cases continue to rise; 16,000 kids signed up for vaxx

Update: Vermont Covid cases continue to rise; 16,000 kids signed up for vaxx

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC For the third week in a row, Vermont Covid-19 case numbers continued to shatter records, with another weekly record of 2,419 cases, a jump from 2,386 cases last week, and 1,856 from the week before. Thursday saw the second highest daily total since the pandemic began with 517 cases. The Vermont […]