COVID-19

VERGENNES — A COVID-19 case in the 8th-grade level at Vergennes Union Middle School has led to the entire class switching to remote instruction this week, according to a Jan. 29 email sent out to Addison Northwest School District families by Superintendent Sheila Soule. In her email, one of two Soule sent out late last week, Soule said the infection of an unidentified student or staff member “seems to be an isolated positive case stemming from community exposure.” But she added teachers were among those who had to be quarantined, leaving the grade level short-staffed: “There were many more...
MIDDLEBURY AREA — Probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have cropped up this week at schools in Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham. Due to health information disclosure rules, the schools could not say whether the cases were among students, teachers or other staff members. On Friday morning Principal Heather Raabe of Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall announced that a member of the school community has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 and was in school this past Monday, Jan. 25, which considered contagious. “Presumptive means that the individual has not yet received a...
This story has been updated. BRISTOL — A member of the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School community has tested positive for COVID-19, and multiple people have been quarantined as close contacts. School officials received word Tuesday night of a "probable" positive COVID-19 at the Bristol school and began contact tracing on Wednesday, said Mount Abe Principal Shannon Warden. Updated data from the Vermont Department of Health confirms that there has been one positive case at the school this week. Warden could not specify if the case was a student, teacher or other staff member. She was also...
VERMONT — Folks 75 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont. Not sure how to make your appointment online? This video from the Vermont Department of Health will guide you through the process.        
MONTPELIER — Beginning today, Monday, Jan. 25, Vermonters who are age 75 and older can make an appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination.   Vaccinations site — including ones in Middlebury and Vergennes — will begin getting shots in arms on Wednesday, Jan. 27.   People in this age group are asked to go online at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to make an appointment to be vaccinated.   Making an appointment online is the fastest way to get signed up.   Eligible Vermonters will be asked to create an account on the website, then log in to make their appointment. Family members and friends are...
WASHINGTON — The Small Business Administration on Friday announced that it had approved approximately 60,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications submitted by nearly 3,000 lenders, for over $5 billion, between the program’s re-opening on Monday, Jan. 11, at through to Sunday, Jan. 17. Last week, the PPP provided dedicated access to community financial institutions that specialize in serving underserved communities, including minority- women- and veteran-owned small businesses from Monday through Thursday, joined Friday by smaller lenders. First Draw PPP loans are for those...
VERMONT — State health officials will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to Vermonters age 75 and older beginning next week. Gov. Phil Scott said at Tuesday’s press conference that distribution of the vaccine to health care workers and long-term care facility residents in Phase 1A has been proceeding, and that the effort will expand into Phase 2 with inoculations for the oldest Vermonters beginning on Monday, Jan. 25. “This approach is all about those who are likely to die from COVID,” Scott said Tuesday. “The goal of saving lives is our top goal.” Scott and Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine...
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District has experienced another case of COVID-19 among its school population of staff and students, according to a Tuesday email sent out to district families by ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule. “Today, January 18, 2021, we learned about a person with COVID-19 at Vergennes Union Middle School who was in school for a portion of the school day during their infectious period on Thursday, 1/14/21,” according to Soule’s email. Soule wrote, however, “In this instance, there are very few close contacts.” Last week a Vergennes Union Elementary School class...
MIDDLEBURY — Two Middlebury College employees reported testing positive for COVID-19 this week, according to announcements by the college on Jan. 19 and 20. The cases are unrelated, said Chief Health Officer Mark Peluso, and both employees are “recuperating in isolation and (are) doing well.” Contact tracing determined there were no workplace or other campus exposures, and the transmission risks are low.
MONTPELIER — As the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) opens the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application portal to lenders, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is encouraging businesses to review program specifics, speak with their trusted lender, and apply for this latest round of financial support.  More than $284 billion has been allocated to this program nationally.  “As we continue to see the economic impact of COVID-19 on our communities, the PPP program is another tool to help businesses survive this unprecedented time,” said ACCD Secretary...

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