COVID-19

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...

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Ella Hanson of Lowell gives a thumbs up after getting her shot at Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital recently, as she and R.N. Amy Golash (left) who gave her the shot pose for a photo taken by Ella’s mother, Jennifer Hanson. Boston Globe photo/Jim Davis
MYTH: The COVID-19 vaccines were developed too fast to be safe. FACTS: It’s understandable that people would have this concern. The vaccines were rolled out in record time, two of them using a novel technology. The government entity that led the effort was even called “Operation Warp Speed.” But in reality, the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been in development for nearly two decades, and a key feature of the technology is its ability to make vaccines quickly. In testing the vaccines for safety and efficacy, no corners were cut. The same process was followed as...

SHIRLEY WALKER WAITS with a timer set to 15 minutes after getting her COVID-19 vaccination at the in Dorchester, Mass. She hesitated to get vaccinated because she worried about side effects. Boston Globe photo/Jonathan Wiggs
Better late than never, as the saying goes. Massachusetts residents who only recently got immunized against COVID-19 cited a variety of reasons for waiting: a torrent of misinformation on social media, concern that the vaccine would exacerbate preexisting medical conditions, and skepticism of the health care industry deeply rooted in many communities of color. Over the past week, as the Delta variant continued to rise, The Boston Globe spoke to several people who for months were wary of the vaccine. Now that they’ve got it, they don’t regret doing so — and are calling on others to get...
Editor’s note: This commentary is written in collaboration with The Boston Globe, which through its The Last Best Shot project has provided news reports and graphics on the COVID-19 virus to participating papers throughout New England. Their initiative seeks to more fully educate the public about the virus and the benefits of getting vaccinated. Each participating paper was asked to write a local commentary to add to the Globe’s collective reporting. As the COVID Delta variant sweeps through the nation and into the lives of every American, one single fact should shock Vermonters and all...

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