COVID-19

10/26/2020
As in-person instruction goes on at area schools despite a raging pandemic, Vermont is tracking COVID cases among K-12 students and teachers. But the state’s data, provided in a weekly report, can be hard to read, and doesn’t include some of the most recent cases announced separately by schools and districts themselves. VTDigger set out to create a tracker that allows parents and others to see what schools are affected in their community. See the VTDigger map here.
10/26/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Monday, Oct. 26, is reporting Addison County has had 120 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in mid-March. That’s unchanged from yesterday. Middlebury College has thus far reported four confirmed COVID-19 cases (two staffers, two students). The institution has an on-campus testing program that has thus far administered 9,639 tests. The college reports all four individuals have recovered from the virus. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, Shoreham has reported 30 ...
10/23/2020
Applications open Oct. 28 for a second round of hazard pay funding. This time around, people who work in pharmacies, grocery stores and some retail stores will be eligible for the pay bonuses, which lawmakers designed to acknowledge the workers who stayed in high-contact positions as the COVID-19 crisis grew last spring. “This phase recognizes some of the forgotten heroes of last spring: the people who kept us fed, housed our most vulnerable, cared for our children, and so much more,” said Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday. The first hazard pay program, adopted in the summer, focused on health care...
10/23/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, on Friday detailed the state’s framework for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, once one is produced and distributed to the state. The state has submitted responses to a series of questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), laying out the framework for vaccine distribution and Vermont’s preparedness. The federal government, which is responsible for nationwide distribution of vaccines, still needs to provide details on many logistics surrounding a potential vaccine, and this interim COVID-19...

Students at St. Michael’s College, shown here at a recent club fair in a Facebook post, will be taking classes remotely after eight people on campus tested positive for COVID-19.
10/23/2020
St. Michael’s College is temporarily going all-remote after surveillance testing revealed eight cases of the coronavirus, the Colchester school announced Thursday morning. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are transitioning to all-remote classes, effective immediately, and for the rest of the week in order to allow the (Health Department) to conduct contact tracing. All in-person activities, including athletics, are also suspended through the weekend. Dining will be takeout only,” St. Michael’s President Lorraine Sterritt wrote in a message posted to the school’s website. Testing conducted...

ADDISON CENTRAL SCHOOL District lead Nurse Kelly Landwehr, RN, shown in the stands at the Middlebury Union High School football field, is the districts COVID-19 coordinator. She’s among a long list of district health care workers and custodial staff who are working hard to ensure no one contracts the coronavirus on campus. Independent photo/John Flowers
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Being a school nurse carries huge responsibilities. Tending to cuts, bruises, headaches, hamstring pulls and upset stomachs are but a fraction of the job. There’s also following up on student medical records, ensuring everyone is up to date on vaccinations, and being a medical sounding board for school educators, staff, children and parents. Well, you can multiply those responsibilities times two these days, with the COVID-19 pandemic. And Kelly Landwehr — the lead nurse for the entire Addison Central School District — is in the thick of the new protocols, precautions and...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS study outside with masks in front of Mead Chapel earlier this fall. The college’s plan to loosen up COVID-19 restrictions this month hit a snag when the state kept some mass gathering restrictions in place longer than anticipated. Photo courtesy of Sarah Ray/Middlebury College
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College officials had hoped the campus community could transition to the third and final phase of the fall reopening plan this month, but that is not going to happen. “Given current conditions and state of Vermont limits on gathering sizes and physical distancing requirements, we cannot move to Phase 3 as we conceptualized it,” wrote President Laurie Patton, Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place in a campus-wide announcement Tuesday. “When we formulated our plans for the phased opening of the Vermont campus, in July and August, we imagined that we...

BENJY RENTON
10/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — On Friday morning, Oct. 2, just hours after learning that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, Middlebury College senior Benjy Renton sat down and started drawing on a piece of paper. “It was a lot of squares, lots of ‘Who tested positive’ versus ‘Who tested negative,’ to see how it spread,” Renton told the Independent. An emerging data journalist who currently works as Digital Director of the Middlebury Campus newspaper, Renton has been reporting on the pandemic since January, when he found himself temporarily stranded in Beijing during the initial outbreak. He’s...
10/16/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday announced that the State of Emergency has been extended to Nov. 15 to ensure the state can continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19. The executive order has been extended with no additional changes and can be viewed online here. “Vermont has led the nation in responding to this virus. We’ve worked together to keep each other safe and prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, allowing us to methodically reopen our economy and keep it open while many other states have had to take steps backward,” Scott said. “But we cannot become...
10/16/2020
CASTLETON — On Friday, Castleton University announced that its Spring 2021 semester will feature an adjusted schedule and more options for students to receive their courses. To keep its community as safe as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the upcoming flu season, the university will adjust its academic calendar in the following ways: 1 - The spring semester will be delayed, with classes beginning on Feb. 1. 2 - Winter Break and Spring Break will be eliminated 3 - Refresh days for faculty and students will be built into the schedule to provide breaks 4 - Courses will be...

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