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Scott extends 'stay home' order, hints at opening businesses

Scott extends ‘stay home’ order, hints at opening businesses

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Saying that Vermonters are saving lives by staying home, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that he is extending to May 15 the state of emergency including the Stay Home Stay Safe order in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “I know how disappointing this to many,” said Scott, […]

Telegraph Pandemic Digest for April 10

Telegraph Pandemic Digest for April 10

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Feds OK Vermont request for disaster funds President Donald Trump has approved Gov. Phil Scott’s request for federal disaster funds to assist the state of Vermont in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds can reimburse up to 75 percent of the costs incurred by the state and towns […]

'First' extension of stay at home to be announced Friday

‘First’ extension of stay at home to be announced Friday

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday that on Friday he will announce the “first extension” of his stay-at-home orders that have closed shops, restaurants and schools and kept many people at home. During his Wednesday press conference, Scott also said that the administration would also provide an update on […]

Early spurt of gardens, seed sales, farm shares

Early spurt of gardens, seed sales, farm shares With social distancing regs, farmers markets remain in limbo

By Evan Chadwick ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Covid-19 crisis has spurred an early spike in sales of seeds and growing supplies as well as people signing up for Community Supported Agriculture, even while it has stymied this summer’s farmers markets. Jon Cohen, farmer and owner of Deep Meadow Farm in Ascutney, says that so […]

Governor's closure orders consolidated to one expiration date

Governor’s closure orders consolidated to one expiration date Further extensions of closures and other orders expected

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC I In a press release issued late this afternoon, the governor’s office has clarified that the expiration dates for previous orders have all been extended to April 15. This new order makes clear that any previous orders – including those closing bars and restaurants for dine-in service, and the Department […]

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. […]

State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

State Police check compliance at hundreds of hotels/motels

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont State Police troopers visited 295 lodging establishments across the state to check their compliance with Gov. Phil Scott’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order which required commercial lodging establishments to immediately begin to cease operations due to the coronavirus pandemic according to a VSP press release issued Sunday afternoon. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scott closes child care centers to most starting Wednesday, COVID positives up to 17

Scott closes child care centers to most starting Wednesday, COVID positives up to 17 Urges private centers, orders others to care for children of 'essential persons'

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC It was a seemingly quiet day on the Vermont coronavirus beat with scarcely a peep from the any of the authorities involved in containing the pandemic. Until 6:57 p.m. when the Health Department sent out its daily update with numbers but no statement that the state had […]

Restaurants ordered closed, state agencies, courts alter operating processes

Restaurants ordered closed, state agencies, courts alter operating processes Wrap-up of today's government changes that may impact you

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gathering the news now is a bit like drinking from a fire hose. Here are today’s updates. On a normal news day, any one of these would be a big story. Monday morning, Gov. Phil Scott held a press conference with members of his cabinet to answer […]

Scott directs 'all schools' to be closed by Wednesday

Scott directs ‘all schools’ to be closed by Wednesday Districts must make 'continuity of education plans'

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC In a press release this afternoon, Gov. Phil Scott announced that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a Continuity of Education Plan for the orderly dismissal of all schools, and cancellation of all school related activities, no later than Wednesday, March 18. This directive, which will be […]

TRSU schools closed; Health Dept. did not recommend shuttering

TRSU schools closed; Health Dept. did not recommend shuttering Contact occurred at Cavendish Town Elementary

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The schools of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will be closed “until further notice” starting on Monday, March 16, according to an email sent on Saturday by Superintendent Meg Powden to families, teachers and staff of the six schools in the SU. The email states: “An individual […]

Local agencies prepare to confront COVID-19

Local agencies prepare to confront COVID-19

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With one confirmed case of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in the state of Vermont, most area towns and first responders are now beginning to organize their responses to this new health threat. The Vermont case  — a Readsboro man — tested positive and is hospitalized in […]