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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 […]

Vermont Covid-19 cases up by 41 in week, none indicating state 'hot spots'

Vermont Covid-19 cases up by 41 in week, none indicating state ‘hot spots’

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed five new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a weekly increase of 41 cases, up slightly from last week’s 38-case hike. The largest single-day increase was 16,  recorded on Thursday, July 9. During the Friday, July 10 press conference, Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Dr. […]

Vermont reports 38 new Covid-19 cases in week

Vermont reports 38 new Covid-19 cases in week Drive-in fireworks displays to be allowed as guidelines change

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed nine new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for an increase of 38 cases this week, which is trending down from last week’s addition of 54. The total number of cases in Vermont now stands at 1,236 with no new deaths reported. Total deaths in Vermont have […]

Scott administration loosens restrictions on travel, hospitality as cases climb

Scott administration loosens restrictions on travel, hospitality as cases climb Chester one of few area towns to allow fireworks

© 2020 Telegraph Publishing  LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed seven new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a surge of 54 cases in a week, over twice the increase of last week, with the largest jump of 20 cases being reported on Wednesday. The total number of cases in Vermont on Saturday stood at […]

Franklin resident dies of Covid-19 as state announces looser venue restrictions

Franklin resident dies of Covid-19 as state announces looser venue restrictions

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed one new Covid-19 death — a Franklin County septuagenarian who died on Thursday, the first coronavirus fatality since May 27. This brings the total Covid-19 deaths in Vermont to 56. Despite the new death, overall new case numbers this past week have slowed to 25, […]

State IDs 36 new Covid-19 cases; half are 19 and younger

State IDs 36 new Covid-19 cases; half are 19 and younger

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed 36 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, the biggest single-day jump since April 9, leap-frogging the 1,000 mark and landing at 1026. (Note: Cover photo by Geralt for Pixabay.) Thirty-four of the 36 were from Chittenden County, likely stemming from the cluster of cases identified […]

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, […]