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Weekly Covid Update: Some local classes return to remote learning

Weekly Covid Update: Some local classes return to remote learning Vermont Covid cases stand at 32,610 since pandemic's start

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Surging community Covid 19 numbers have impacted area schools this week with more than 10 percent of students from the Two Rivers Supervisory Union — just under 100 students — now under quarantine. Chester-Andover Elementary School had two classrooms going fully remote and one Ludlow Elementary School classroom went to remote […]

State tightens vaxx requirement for employees; AOE extends school masking til Oct. 4

State tightens vaxx requirement for employees; AOE extends school masking til Oct. 4

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC In an ongoing effort to bring the Covid-19 under control, Gov. Phil Scott have announced updated pandemic controls for both state employees and public schools. State employees, Scott said, will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, mirroring the recent mandate issued by President Joe Biden for all federal employees. In […]

Levine recommends indoor masks; first 20-29 year old dies of Covid-19

Levine recommends indoor masks; first 20-29 year old dies of Covid-19

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC As area students prepare to return to school on Tuesday and as positive Covid-19 cases are rising in both nursing homes and  correctional facilities around the state, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine is recommending masking indoors in public spaces regardless of vaccination status. This is in line with a […]

Health Dept. employees urge stronger measures as infections, deaths rise

Health Dept. employees urge stronger measures as infections, deaths rise

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Thursday, nearly 91 Vermont Health Department workers sent a letter to the department’s top administrators urging them to step up their Covid-19 public health guidance. Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine, who received the letter, responded later on Thursday writing: “As a department, we have to recognize that in a […]

Area towns consider ways to spend ARPA funds

Area towns consider ways to spend ARPA funds Town Halls, broadband, water among ideas for fed monies

By Cynthia Prairie ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Gov. Phil Scott has announced that Vermont has received 50 percent of its allocation from the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund within the American Rescue Plan Act, and a number of south-central towns have already begun considering how they will spend those funds. Those towns include Andover, […]

Here's the list: Pop-up clinics continue in Vermont

Here’s the list: Pop-up clinics continue in Vermont Two clinics set for Londonderry's Mountain Market Place

  Gov. Phil Scott announced a series of new pop-up walk-in vaccination clinics available across Vermont beginning this week. While most are in the northern region, two will be held at the Mountain Market Place in Londonderry. One is today, the other is Saturday. Vermont leads the nation in Covid-19 vaccination rates, with 83.2 percent […]

Weekly Covid Update: Most counties, including Windham, Windsor, lag behind state vaxx goal

Weekly Covid Update: Most counties, including Windham, Windsor, lag behind state vaxx goal

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although Vermont may be the first state in the country to reach the 80 percent threshold for Covid-19 vaccinations, nine of the state’s 14 counties, including Windham and Windsor,  remain within the 70 to 79 percent Covid-vaccination range. Windsor County’s vaccination rate is currently at 73.7 percent, Windham County is at […]

Vermont closing in on 80% vaxx rate for lifting of all Covid restrictions

Vermont closing in on 80% vaxx rate for lifting of all Covid restrictions

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Vermont just 0.2 percent shy of the 80 percent vaccination rate goal as of numbers through Thursday, June 10, state officials announced the addition of dozens of walk-in clinics at state parks and other venues throughout the state this weekend. The coordination with state parks coincides with the annual Vermont […]

Weekly Covid Update: State within 8,000 of 80% vaccination rate, remains safest in nation

Weekly Covid Update: State within 8,000 of 80% vaccination rate, remains safest in nation

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Health officials announced on Friday that 78.6 percent of eligible Vermonters have been vaccinated with at least one dose, leaving just 7,878 more to go, as Vermont inches closer to the 80 percent vaccination rate threshold that will result in Gov. Phil Scott lifting all remaining Covid-19 health restrictions. To visit […]

Weekly Covid Update: Scott to lift all Covid restrictions once 80% of Vermonters are vaxxed

Weekly Covid Update: Scott to lift all Covid restrictions once 80% of Vermonters are vaxxed

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott extended a challenge to Vermonters saying that once the state reaches an 80 percent vaccination rate for all eligible Vermonters, he will lift all restrictions put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on state projections, the goal could be reached as soon as early […]

Weekly Covid Update: Scott extends emergency order even as mask mandate nixed for fully vaxxed Vermonters

Weekly Covid Update: Scott extends emergency order even as mask mandate nixed for fully vaxxed Vermonters

  ©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency for another 30 days, even as he announced the leap to Step 3 in the Vermont Forward Plan; and eliminated the mask and social distance requirements for fully vaccinated Vermonters. As Vermont continues to lead the nation in vaccinations and […]

Health Dept. opens walk-in vaxx clinics to <br>out-of-staters working in Vermont

Health Dept. opens walk-in vaxx clinics to
out-of-staters working in Vermont

© 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont health officials announced that registration is now open, with walk-in opportunities available, to anyone who lives out of state but works in Vermont, regardless of their occupation. Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said the state might have additional announcements next week on further category expansion. Smith also said he […]

Weekly Covid Update: Proms to be allowed with guidelines

Weekly Covid Update: Proms to be allowed with guidelines

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said he doesn’t expect word on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until the end of the day on Friday as the Centers for Disease Control advisory committee, which is investigating the incidence of six cases of rare blood clots out of more than 7 million […]

Weekly Covid Update: State of emergency extended; vaxx registration begins for 16 & up

Weekly Covid Update: State of emergency extended; vaxx registration begins for 16 & up

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Even as Vermont has reached a significant milestone — more than half of all Vermonters 16 and up have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine — Gov. Phil Scott is extending Vermont’s state of emergency for another month, as he and his team continue to manage the pandemic […]

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 — […]

Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

Springfield Hospital to allow visitors under some conditions

As per Gov. Phil Scott, visitors can now return to Vermont hospitals, including Springfield Hospital, under certain new restrictions. At Springfield Hospital, only fully vaccinated visitors are permitted to access the Inpatient Care Unit and Emergency Department unless they qualify under an exception. Visitors must have received their full Covid-19 vaccination series at least two […]

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 […]