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Weekly Covid Update: High case counts continue among younger Vermonters

Weekly Covid Update: High case counts continue among younger Vermonters

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although many numbers started to trend downward this week, high Covid-19 case counts and outbreaks are likely to continue in the very near future in younger populations, i.e.: those not vaccinated, according to Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine. Driving the high numbers are the variants in the picture — […]

Covid Weekly Update: Record breaking spike reason for concern

Covid Weekly Update: Record breaking spike reason for concern

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC A record-breaking spike with over 1,257 positive Covid-19 cases this week has Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine saying that although there is reason for optimism in the near future, “when it comes to the present, frankly I am very concerned.” The spike is largely concentrated in younger age groups with […]

Weekly Covid Update: More than half of new Covid cases hitting those under 30

Weekly Covid Update: More than half of new Covid cases hitting those under 30

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even as Vermont leads the nation with an 83.6 percent vaccination rate for those 65 or older, a single daily record of 251 new Covid-19 cases and a weekly total that has jumped back over the 1,000 case mark are reminders that “this is still a pandemic,” said Gov. Phil Scott […]

Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

Weekly Covid Update: All Vermonters 16 and up can register for vaxx by April 19

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In honor of the one-year anniversary of the first two deaths in Vermont due to Covid-19 — one of whom was 93-year-old Bob Kirkbride of Ludlow – Gov. Phil Scott has ordered flags lowered to half-mast and asked all churches and schools to ring their bells 14 times at 7 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

Weekly Covid Update: Emergency order extended; Chester, Ludlow to get vaxx clinics

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency through mid-April in the state’s ongoing efforts to coordinate Covid-19 mitigation efforts, even as he announced additional loosening of restrictions for household gatherings and in the restaurant sector, and anticipates accelerated timelines for Vermont vaccination tiers. Meanwhile, the state also announced today that […]

Weekly Covid Update: Vaxxed households can gather; more groups OK'd for jab signups

Weekly Covid Update: Vaxxed households can gather; more groups OK’d for jab signups

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott marked the one-year anniversary of the first reported Vermont case of Covid-19 with good news on Friday, detailing a loosening of gathering restrictions, as well as new approved phases for vaccination registration. On Friday, Scott announced new gathering guidelines, now allowing all vaccinated Vermonters to gather together […]

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+

Vaxx signups start Monday for those 65+ Covid-19 infections drop as deaths rise; state considers making educators' vaccines a priority

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As the 65+ age band is poised to begin registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, March 1, Gov. Phil Scott indicated that state officials are considering priority vaccinations for educators and school staff as the state’s focus heats up to get children back to full-time in-person learning. Although Scott would […]

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

Weekly Covid Update: Travel restrictions loosened for those vaccinated

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With vaccination rates and dose allotment on the rise and new Covid-19 cases on the decline, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Friday a loosening of travel restrictions, as well as changes to protocols within long-term care and other senior living facilities, for fully vaccinated Vermonters. Scott also said changes are expected […]

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

Weekly Covid Update: Shots open to 70+, school music comes back, emergency extended

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott opened Covid-19 vaccinations to Vermonters aged 70+ with registration beginning next Tuesday and announced the resumption of music programming in schools at his Friday press conference and extended the Covid-19 state of emergency through March 15. Registration for 70+ age group will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, […]

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

Slower rise in Covid-19 cases for s. Vt. towns

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The number of new cases in southern Vermont towns have begun to decline, although statewide case counts, deaths and hospitalizations remain on the rise. Springfield and Chester both saw the largest bumps in cases for the week between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, with 19 and 7 more […]

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

Weekly Covid Update: Youth sports to restart without spectators; new vaxx sites at Grace Cottage, Mount Ascutney hospitals

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott announced the resumption of youth sports competition between schools, including interscholastic teams and youth leagues, for basketball, hockey, indoor soccer and football, broomball and volleyball, to begin next Friday, Feb. 12 with additional safety measures including no spectators, the masking mandate expanding to referees and no more than […]

Uptick in Covid cases in s. Vermont towns, with Manchester, Springfield leading in number

Uptick in Covid cases in s. Vermont towns, with Manchester, Springfield leading in number

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Covid-19 cases continue to grow in Southern Vermont despite reports of decreasing case counts across the southern Vermont region, with Manchester recording 23 new cases between Jan. 20 and 27 and Springfield seeing 15 more cases with that time frame. Three area towns — Manchester, Winhall, and Dover […]

Weekly Covid Update: Rates continue to decline while hospitalizations rise

Weekly Covid Update: Rates continue to decline while hospitalizations rise State says Springfield Hospital's Moderna doses OK to use

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s Covid-19 weekly new case total, death toll and positivity rate have continued to decline for the fourth week in a row, according to the state Department of Health. New case weekly numbers dropped below the 1,000 mark to 899 reported this week. The total number of cases now stands at […]

Covid cases vs. 'case rates': How population plays into local numbers

Covid cases vs. ‘case rates’: How population plays into local numbers

By Cherise Madigan ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Cases of Covid-19 are continuing to rise in area towns, with Springfield up by 22 to a total of 108 and Manchester up by 27 to 81 in the span of just one week. By comparison, Vermont statewide has experienced has seen its case count rise by 898 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Vaccinations to begin for Vermonters 75 and up

Weekly Covid Update: Vaccinations to begin for Vermonters 75 and up Signups begin Monday, shots on Wednesday, with Phase 2

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the morning of Monday, Jan. 25, Phase 2 of the Vermont vaccination plan will begin, allowing Vermonters age 75 and older to begin registering for inoculations. The first vaccines for this group will start on Wednesday. The website and phone number for vaccination registration will be released on Monday morning. […]

Covid Weekly Update: State of emergency, vaccine rollout continue

Covid Weekly Update: State of emergency, vaccine rollout continue Not all activities seen as drivers of Covid numbers

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended the state of emergency throughout Vermont through mid-February as new weekly Covid-19 totals again topped 1,000 for the second week in a row. The new weekly total of 1,115 was down slightly from the record-setting high of 1,207 last week, for a total of 9,734. Seven Vermonters […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The beginning of the new year is already breaking records, with the first days of 2021 seeing an astounding 1,207 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 8,619 cases, and 20 more deaths, totaling 156, since the last 2020 report on Thursday, Dec. 31. The seven-day positivity rate has also […]

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

Local Covid-19 numbers grow in post-holiday spikes

By Cherise Madigan © 2021 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Vermont Department of Health announced 165 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, with 38 hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care. Now more than 500 new cases have been reported since Thursday, Dec. 31. Since Sunday, Vermont’s seven-day average positivity rate has risen from 2.3 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A spike in the daily Covid-19 new case totals, two new deaths, and lower than expected vaccine allotments coming from the federal government capped off 2020’s final Covid-19 press conference on Thursday, Dec. 31, which also marked the 100th press conference given by Gov. Phil Scott and his state health team […]

State to allow 2-household holiday gatherings

State to allow 2-household holiday gatherings

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Citing stabilized case counts of under 100 over the past several days — including 63 on Tuesday, Dec. 22  — that suggested an overall “vast improvement,” Gov. Phil Scott announced that several  health guidelines will be loosened from Wednesday, Dec. 23 through Saturday, Jan. 2. These include expanding the state’s gathering […]