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Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise State issues early vaccination protocol, frontline hazard pay program

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed a jump of 28 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a steep incline of 101 new cases reported this week, a small portion of the 82,600 new infections reported nationwide on Friday alone. Despite that, Vermont still has the lowest seven-day per capita average of […]

Weekly Update: As Covid-19 cases rise slightly, emergency declaration extended to Nov. 15

Weekly Update: As Covid-19 cases rise slightly, emergency declaration extended to Nov. 15

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott extended the State of Emergency in Vermont on Thursday for another month, through Nov. 15. This gives Scott the authority  continue to implement and manage state guidelines in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The state Department of Health continued to see higher than usual new positive […]

Vermont drops out of 'green zone' for Covid-19, White House says

Vermont drops out of ‘green zone’ for Covid-19, White House says

By Liz Essley Whyte Center for Public Integrity Oct. 13, 2020 The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust. Sign up to receive our stories. More than half of states are in the “red zone” for new Covid-19 cases, meaning they had more than 100 new cases for […]

Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health saw a dramatic spike of 78 cases this week, more than twice the 37 new Covid-19 cases reported last week. The statewide total cases now stands at 1,846. The increase is due in part to an outbreak reported among Jamaican migrant workers brought in to pick […]

26 Covid cases found among orchard workers in Shoreham

26 Covid cases found among orchard workers in Shoreham All board at same bunkhouse; one is showing symptoms

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Health Department announced today that an outbreak of 26 Covid-19 positive cases has been identified among migrant agriculture workers at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham. The workers are Jamaicans who are in the United States on H2A visas and arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on […]

Covid Update: Springfield DMV reopens for appointments

Covid Update: Springfield DMV reopens for appointments Bennington sees small Covid cluster related to golf outing

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During his press conference on Friday, Oct. 2, Gov. Phil Scott announced the re-opening of three more offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles — Bennington, Newport and Springfield — for in-person transactions by appointment only. These join the S. Burlington, Rutland and Montpelier branches already opened. He encouraged Vermonters to […]

K-12 Covid numbers remain low as child-care hubs continue to expand

K-12 Covid numbers remain low as child-care hubs continue to expand

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With continuing low Vermont Covid-19 numbers — and with just one new positive case in K-12 schools this week — Vermont schools have been approved to go from a  Step II to Step III in health guidance as of Saturday, Sept. 26. Meanwhile, the statewide child-care hub initiative continues to grow,  […]

Scott allows bar seating with restrictions; lodgings can now book at 100 percent

Scott allows bar seating with restrictions; lodgings can now book at 100 percent

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott has “turned the spigot” for the hospitality sector this week, allowing for lodging to increase to 100 percent capacity and for restaurants and bars to offer bar seating with some restrictions. Lodging may now book 100 percent of rooms, however travelers should either be from Vermont or if […]

Scott extends state of emergency to Oct. 15

Scott extends state of emergency to Oct. 15 CDC says Vermont's contract tracing method 'best in nation'

  ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott has extended the state of emergency through Oct. 15, allowing the governor to issue executive orders as the state continues with ongoing efforts to manage the coronavirus pandemic. News from the Vermont Department of Health remains overwhelmingly positive for Vermont as the state continues to lead the […]

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

With low Vt. Covid cases, Scott focuses on school reopening, easing hospitality sector restrictions

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With state K-12 schools set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 8, Vermont continues to lead the nation with the lowest positivity rate in the nation, as well as the lowest per capita case total in the country. Gov. Phil Scott said that Vermont’s low-Covid data continues to show why it’s possible […]

State investigating Covid outbreak in Rutland County

State investigating Covid outbreak in Rutland County

The Vermont Department of Health is investigating a community outbreak of Covid-19 cases in Rutland County. The outbreak is associated with people who attended a private party at the Summit Lodge in Killington on Saturday, Aug. 19. To date, the Health Department has identified 14 cases among people who attended the event and their close […]

More Covid cases seen in southern Vermont

More Covid cases seen in southern Vermont As colleges reopen, state ups testing for returning students

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health showed a total of 48 new Covid-19 cases this past week, slightly up from the 40 cases reported last week, for a total of 1,589 total cases, with a slight uptick in cases in southern Vermont. Chittenden County continues to lead the state in new cases […]

New Vt. Covid-19 cases drop this week, Gov. Scott puts $133 million into economic recovery

New Vt. Covid-19 cases drop this week, Gov. Scott puts $133 million into economic recovery

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health shows there is a total of 40 new Covid-19 cases this week, down from the 53 new cases reported last week, for an overall total of 1,541. These numbers are based on data published on the Health Department’s daily dashboard, tracking cases reported from Friday, Aug. […]

Scott frees towns to control gatherings, curfews

Scott frees towns to control gatherings, curfews Vermont leads states with lowest per capital Covid-19 cases

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the weekly total to 53 this week, nearly twice the weekly increase from last week, for a total of 1,501 total cases statewide. These numbers are based on data published on the state Health Department on its daily […]

Explainer: What is antigen testing?

Explainer: What is antigen testing?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Antigen testing for the coronavirus has received a lot of attention in Vermont, when in early July more than 50 positive results came from a clinic in Manchester. This type of rapid testing was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in May on an emergency basis, […]

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

State reports 1st Covid death in 6 weeks; Scott expands retail capacity as mask mandate goes into effect

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health this week reported the first Covid-19 related death in more than six weeks, bringing Vermont’s statewide total to 57. Although the Health Department did not release any detailed information on the victim, data sources indicated the person was older than 80 and from Washington County. Gov. […]

Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

Total Covid-19 cases continue slow growth as Scott mandates masks

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Despite Covid-19 numbers in Vermont that lead the nation in optimistic trends, including the lowest total positive case number and the lowest positivity rate,  Gov.  Phil Scott announced a statewide mask mandate beginning Aug. 1. Scott cited concerns over increased cases to the south and west of Vermont, the current tourist […]

Concern, confusion characterize Vermont's Covid outlook this week

Concern, confusion characterize Vermont’s Covid outlook this week

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The apparent inaccuracy of many of the 59 Covid-19 positives identified through the Manchester Medical Center using an antigen test — versus the more widespread PCR test used by state testing facilities — has stirred confusion over the what appeared to be a major outbreak of the virus in the Route […]

Covid retests return two positives out of 17, muddying picture of 'outbreak' in S. Vermont

Covid retests return two positives out of 17, muddying picture of ‘outbreak’ in S. Vermont

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC More than 1,000 people sought testing in Manchester and Londonderry on Wednesday and Thursday as the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak in these southern Vermont communities grew more unclear with only two of six 17 retests coming back positive. (Updated at 11:40 a.m. Friday, July 17) A […]

To the Editor: Vt. needs to report all Covid positives

To the Editor: Vt. needs to report all Covid positives

I am dismayed that the State of Vermont is not reporting the now 42 positive cases from Manchester on its website. All positive cases and their locations need to be reported so Vermonters can hunker down when necessary. The explanation from the state: “We hope that those people will get PCR test from the State […]