COVID-19

ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, March 3, is reporting six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Addison County for a total of 770 confirmed cases here since the pandemic began last March. The county has seen 94 new cases during the past two weeks. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, most recently updated on Feb. 24, Middlebury has reported 116 cases, up four cases since the last DOH town-by-town update on Feb. 17; Vergennes 96 (up two); Bristol 80 (up four); Shoreham 57 (level); Brandon 73 (level);...
With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine coming online and the federal pharmacy program ramping up, Gov. Phil Scott announced Tuesday that school staff, child care workers and more Vermonters with high-risk conditions would become eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine starting next week. Phase 5 of the state’s vaccination program will open March 8, Scott said, which will include high-risk Vermonters aged 55 and over. Starting March 15, those with the same high-risk conditions aged 16 and over will become eligible.  School staff and child care workers will also become eligible March 8, and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Mary Johnson Children's Center (MJCC) closed its Middlebury program early today, Monday, Feb. 22, and is discussing potential reopening protocols with Vermont Department of Health officials in wake of a positive COVID-19 test registered by a member of the MJCC community. Ilana Snyder, a longtime administrator at the MJCC, confirmed that news early this afternoon. She stressed this news only affects MJCC's Middlebury-based program. “We closed early today and will let people know when we can reopen,” she told the Independent. “We are closing until we can determine with the DOH...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team has canceled practices and games this week after one of its players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. The school’s varsity and JV boys’ teams opened their season last Friday, Feb. 12, by hosting Enosburg Falls High School, which is located in Franklin County. A couple of days later, Mount Abe Athletic Director Devin Wendel notified Enosburg Athletic Director Anthony Sorrentino that a Mount Abe JV player had tested positive for the disease, and likely had been positive during the Feb. 12 game, Sorrentino...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE HAS erected a winterized tent on the lawn next to the McCullough Student Center on campus where students arriving this weekend will be able to do such things as eat meals, reserve space for student-organized uses and pick up skates and helmets for use on a new outdoor ice skating rink being set up nearby. The college has also set up fire pits around campus where student can hang out in the COVID-safer outdoors. Photo by Tim Parsons
MIDDLEBURY — After a three-month hiatus, Middlebury College students will return to campus this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 22, to begin the spring 2021 semester. Because the pandemic is still very much with us, all incoming students were required to undergo a two-week pre-arrival quarantine, and their first couple of weeks on campus will be carefully managed. When they get to Middlebury students will go straight to the Virtue Field House to be tested for COVID-19, then head to their dorms for a mandatory room quarantine while they await the results. A week later they will undergo a second...
Vermont takes the number-one spot for highest electric bill increase (20.8%) during the first six months of the pandemic according to the home valuation website ownerly.com’s analysis of EIA (Energy Information Association) data. The average bill for Vermont came in at ($108.74). The state’s electric bill growth rate (20.8%) is over five times the national average at 3.8% (year-over-year) for the first 6 months of the pandemic.  Vermont households spent $36,612,400 more on electricity, from March through August 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019. Addison County is serviced by two...
I agree with John Pratt’s letter to the editor about the well-organized COVID vaccines given at the American Legion in Middlebury on Feb. 4. I was almost dreading what should have been a hopeful relief. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be. Thank you to all involved. Pat Ullom Orwell
Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Chief Health Officer and College Physician Mark Peluso released this letter to the public to explain the college’s preparations for the widespread return of students to campus this coming Sunday and Monday. • • • • • • • • • • •  • • • • • • • • • • •  • • • • • • • • • • •   To Members of the Middlebury Community, As we prepare once again to bring students back to the Middlebury College campus for the spring semester, we write to share our plans and collective commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and healthy community for all. We are...
UPDATE: In just the first 15 minutes that reservation phone lines for 70-year-olds were open the Vermont Health Department received more than 7,000 calls from people making appointments to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Department of Health officials said on Tuesday morning. "People may experience long wait time (and some are getting all circuits are busy) as the call center works full bore to schedule appointments," said Ben Truman, Public Health Communication Officer. "Given this call volume, the Department suggests people go online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to make their appointments...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont high school sports competitions, which mostly had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will kick into gear on Friday, Feb. 12, Gov. Phil Scott announced at his regular press briefing this Friday. Locally, this will allow basketball teams at Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes union high schools, and hockey teams at MUHS to begin playing games after about a month of practicing. Nordic ski teams at MUHS and OV had already been given the OK to start competing. MUHS Activities Director Sean Farrell said Tiger dance teams and cheer squads at...

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