coronavirus

The Vermont Department of Health today, Monday, Sept. 20, is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 in Addison County since yesterday, for a total of 1,318 cases since the pandemic began in March of 2020. Addison County has logged 68 positive COVID-19 tests during the past two weeks, underscoring an ongoing surge in virus activity since the Delta variant surfaced early this summer. Officials with the DOH and CDC are urging the unvaccinated to get a shot, as the Delta variant has shown itself to be more contagious than the regular strain of the disease and, in many cases, less lethal when it...
As Congress grills the Biden administration on its troubled withdrawal from Afghanistan, as small businesses throughout Vermont and many parts of the nation struggle to hire enough employees to keep their businesses open, as housing prices rise and millions of Americans can’t find affordable solutions, as the climate crisis magnifies, or as any other of a number of issues arise, there’s one pressing issue that dominates all others if you are a parent with children in school: whether your school and state will do what’s necessary to keep students safe from the coronavirus. Specifically,...
Late Wednesday, the state mandated its masking policy continue for all schools through Oct. 4. That extends the previous policy that had called for masking in schools through the first two weeks. The extension is sound: the Delta variant is extremely contagious and students under 12 are not yet vaccinated, so the risk of spreading the variant throughout the state’s schools is high. And we know that masking works to limit the spread of the virus. Furthermore, what should be paramount this year is keeping students in a classroom environment. Socially, we know that is better for students and...
ADDISON COUNTY — All three Addison County school district superintendents confirmed on Thursday, Sept. 2, that in-school mask mandates for students, staff and visitors would remain in place for the foreseeable future. Initially, schools in the county and around the state had started the school year with a 10-day masking policy. But with several cases already cropping up in Addison Central and Addison Northwest schools, never mind the rest of the county and state, the superintendents said the districts would stay the course. Addison Central Superintendent Peter Burrows summed up in an email...
MIDDLEBURY — Saturday was indeed a day of giving thanks and congratulations in Middlebury, as residents and visitors alike hailed the newly minted Lazarus Park and a downtown transformed by a just-completed tunnel project. Gov. Phil Scott praised those responsible for the improvements, but also asked Vermonters in general to take a bow for their collective actions in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. During a brief speech at Lazarus Park amid oppressive heat and humidity, Scott acknowledged a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, largely associated with the aggressive Delta variant of the virus. But...
On Aug. 7 Vermont recorded 112 cases of COVID-19, at the time the highest single-day count since April 29. I was one of those cases, and the third person in my family to test positive to COVID with a breakthrough case in early August. All three of us who developed breakthrough COVID were fully vaccinated: my husband and I, residents of Westminster, and our son, visiting from Miami. Twenty people who spent time with us during the days we were potentially contagious were tested and all were negative. Thankfully, the vaccines are working, with a small number of exceptions. Vermont was a model...
The Vermont Department of Health reported on Monday that there were 1,553 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state over the past two weeks, and that there were 33 people hospitalized with COVID, 13 of them in intensive care. The count of new cases and hospitalizations in Vermont is now the highest it has been since mid-April, when the percentage of Vermonters who had received at least one vaccine dose was just over 50%, compared with about 85% today. The Department of Health also reported that, for the period from Aug. 8 through 14, 40% of the positive cases in Vermont — 288 of 725 — were...
“The aide is very good,” Carol Rosenstock said. “She is really attentive to my mother. She’s the one who takes her to appointments, and keeps track of what the doctor said, and if she’s taken her pills. . . . My mom likes her.” Rosenstock lives in Brookline, Mass. Her widowed mother, who has memory issues and who has used a walker since recovering from COVID last spring, lives in New York. The whole family felt fortunate to have such a lovely woman helping mom. But. “She keeps saying she’s not ready to get vaccinated,” Rosenstock said. “She comes up with reasons. Originally it was that she...
MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — Many businesses in Addison County have been deliberating in the past few weeks on how to keep their workplace safe from COVID-19 in light of to the Delta variant’s spread and breakthrough cases in the county. Some are encouraging all customers to be vaccinated and requiring staff vaccinations. Others are banning unvaccinated customers with signs or rules, but are not requiring proof of vaccination. And some businesses are requiring customers to present proof of a vaccination card to enter their businesses. “We want to take these steps to keep our staff safe,” said Two...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District has been selected by the state of Vermont as a vaccination site for the entire community, school officials announced on Monday. State and local officials are hoping to achieve an 80% vaccination rate among MAUSD middle and high school students, according to a district memo released on Monday. MAUSD’s first vaccination clinic is scheduled for 2-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20, at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School, which is located at 220 Airport Dr. in Bristol. Vaccines will be offered to anyone who walks in. If desired, reservations can be...

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