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Salons, gyms, libraries given go-ahead to re-open as Vermont Covid-19 infections rise by 23

Salons, gyms, libraries given go-ahead to re-open as Vermont Covid-19 infections rise by 23

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC As Vermont continues to “loosen the spigot,” in Gov. Phil Scott’s words, the state Department of Health on Friday confirmed one new case of Covid-19, bringing the state total to 975, an increase of 23 in the last week. The state also announced that another person has died from the virus, […]

Covid-19 cases rise by 18 in week; outdoor dining allowed at some restaurants

Covid-19 cases rise by 18 in week; outdoor dining allowed at some restaurants Springfield testing site to re-open on Tuesday, May 26

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed six new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state total to 952, an increase of 18 cases in the last week. Of the six new cases, one was reported in Windsor County and three were in Windham County. One new death has been reported […]

Statewide, Covid-19 cases hit 932; Scott expected to announce hotel/motel plan today

Statewide, Covid-19 cases hit 932; Scott expected to announce hotel/motel plan today

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed three new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, with one of those cases in Windsor County, bringing the state total to 932, an increase of 14 cases in the last week. Fifty-three people have died from the disease, but no new deaths have been reported this […]

Scott: Mask compliance through education, not mandate

Scott: Mask compliance through education, not mandate Visitors still must self-isolate for 14 days

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While Gov. Phil Scott often says that his administration’s Covid-19 related decisions are “data driven and based on the best science,” when it comes to compliance with its public health directives (including the use of masks and the self-quarantining of people coming from out of state) it […]

State relying on 'education' for worker compliance to 'restart' directives

State relying on ‘education’ for worker compliance to ‘restart’ directives

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Noting that social distancing and the wearing of face masks are “here to stay,” Vermont’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Mark Levine, said that people could expect them to be “part of the Vermont scene even as we reopen Vermont.” At the state’s regular Covid-19 press conference on Monday, […]

Infection curve continues to flatten; Covid-19 numbers are moving target

Infection curve continues to flatten; Covid-19 numbers are moving target

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During Gov. Phil Scott’s Monday press conference in Montpelier, state Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine noted that the slope of the Covid-19 infection curve “has clearly changed toward more of a plateau.” Using three charts, Levine pointed to the how the number of new infections changed with […]

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, […]

Health Dept. rolls out new Covid-19 dashboard

Health Dept. rolls out new Covid-19 dashboard More detailed demographic information available

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont’s Department of Health today rolled out a new Covid-19 activity dashboard that gives the public much more detailed information than has been available to date. There are still totals of tests, infections, hospitalizations and deaths and there’s still a map, but now a visitor to the […]

In reversal, health department recommends wearing masks

In reversal, health department recommends wearing masks But save medical grade masks for those on the front lines

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Vermont’s Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine stepped out ahead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today saying that Vermonters should wear cloth masks in public even if they have no symptoms. But his remarks were not without caveats and qualifiers. “At this moment in time, […]

Northern counties continue to take brunt of Covid-19 cases

Northern counties continue to take brunt of Covid-19 cases

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Since The Telegraph last reported the number of Covid-19 infections in the state of Vermont on Tuesday, almost 100 more cases have been reported, taking that number from 293 to 389 today, Friday, April 3. The total number of tests for the virus statewide is 5,228, indicating that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]