COVID-19

03/14/2020
VERMONT — The universe has found yet another way to ding dairy farmers. Global disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease have reduced demand for dairy overseas and in the U.S., and milk prices are declining as a result. “We’re seeing significant impacts right now,” said Agri-Mark Chief Economist Catherine de Ronde during a phone interview late last week. “It’s been happening for about six weeks.” Boston Blend milk prices climbed steadily in the last quarter of 2019, from $18.72 per hundredweight (cwt) in October to $19.28 cwt in December, but the coronavirus...

THE MARQUEE AT Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater says it all — the active venue, which can accommodate hundreds of people at a time, has cancelled its schedule for the time being.
03/14/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The threat of the coronavirus is prompting cancellation of many activities that would require a gathering of people. One need only look at the Addison Independent calendar to see that events, meetings, church services and other activities have either been postponed, or will be held “virtually,” over social media platforms. As the threat from the novel coronavirus sunk in late last week, many people heeded the advice to create more social distance, exercise proper hygiene and, critically, not panic. Even the Vermont Legislature announced it would suspend it session for at...
03/12/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Local school officials are closely monitoring the arrival of the coronavirus in Vermont. None have plans to close schools at this point, but all say they will follow state guidelines that could result in school closures down the line. It is unclear at this point the likelihood of a local elementary or high school closing. Area school district leaders said this week they will follow Vermont Department of Health recommendations in deciding whether to call off trips and other events or close schools to ward off the threat posed by COVID-19, the disease spread by new form of...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School student is but one of several Addison County residents to undergo testing for potential coronavirus infection, though fortunately no one locally has thus far tested positive for the disease that is sweeping across the globe. Forty Vermonters had been tested for coronavirus as of Tuesday, with one confirmed case on Bennington, according to a March 10 briefing from the Vermont Department of Health. State officials confirmed 226 Vermonters are being monitored for virus symptoms. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed 647 cases nationwide...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury released the following statement on Thursday afternoon. Town officials are continually monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Municipal services are reviewing continuity-of-operations plans should this virus affect town staff. WHAT WE KNOW ·       Of the 600,000 + people residing in Vermont, two (2) have presumptively tested positive for the virus. Health officials are awaiting confirmation. ·       A person who attended a Middlebury College sporting event LATER tested positive for the virus, however the VT Dept of Health has determined, through their...
03/12/2020
With any health care crisis, it’s sometimes difficult to separate the truth about what’s causing the crisis from the myths and conspiracies that are spread by misinformation. Here’s a rundown of some of the myths, and the medical facts as they are known today. This list was compiled by the newsletter Medical News Today: The novel coronavirus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, has spread from Wuhan, China, to every continent on Earth except Antarctica. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the coronavirus. 1. Myth: Spraying chlorine or alcohol on skin kills viruses in the body. Response:...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE EMPLOYEES, like this one walking past Davis Family Library Wednesday, have been told that work will proceed as usual, despite the fact that in-person classes have been suspended until further notice. Independent photo/John S. McCright
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, not long after Middlebury College announced that in response to the growing threat from COVID-19 it would suspend in-person classes until further notice (see story), senior Leif Taranta posted a spreadsheet online, soliciting community assistance and encouraging students to help their fellow students. “Middlebury College is closing down for a few weeks very suddenly as a disease prevention effort, and a lot of students (especially students of more marginalized backgrounds) are in very frantic situations trying to find places to go/rides/food etc.,” Taranta wrote in an...
03/12/2020
Life will be a bit different for the next few months as we move through what will become known as the Coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts are predicting that 40 percent to 70 percent of Americans will become infected with the virus. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted that 80 percent of Germans will be infected with the virus. Those are alarming numbers that should make everyone take notice. It is not, as President Trump has maintained for the past several weeks, no big deal. It’s precisely that pig-headed notion and rejection of scientific and medical evidence that has put this...
03/12/2020
I am a Vermont primary care pediatrician with a background in public health. The U.S. public health response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been a slow-motion train wreck that highlights the fragility of public health networks. It’s what happens when leadership is slow to respond, when science is ignored and facts are distorted, and when leadership defunds critical infrastructure. It has been more than two months since the onset of this epidemic and our CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is only now beginning to provide for timely testing, albeit only in limited...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The decision announced by Middlebury College Tuesday to suspend most on-campus operations due to the threat posed by COVID-19 will apparently not end the NCAA Division III championship dreams of the school’s women’s hockey or ski teams, but it will almost certainly cancel the rest of the college’s spring sports season. The college’s announcement included the following language: “Spring Athletic Events and Practices: Effective 10 p.m. tonight, we are suspending all spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games, until further notice. “No College-Sponsored...

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