COVID-19


COMMISSIONER AT VERMONT Department of Financial Regulation Michael Pieciak leads a discussion with other state leaders about the outlook for COVID-19 in Vermont.
Editor’s note: The following is an update from Addison County State Sen. Christopher Bray of Bristol. Coronavirus Update April 5 — WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN with the COVID-19 outbreak in Vermont? Peaking when? How many sick? And more. Here’s a link to a video presentation that is the best estimation of how COVID-19 is playing out in Vermont. Mike Pieciak, Commissioner at Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, provides a very good presentation of the models that are helping us foresee how this will continue to develop. Short answer and a take-away: (1) the peak is still 2 to 3 weeks away;...
This story originally appeared on the Vermont Sports website. On Friday, April 3, the State released a statement and formally reinforced the closure of a number of trail networks across the state. In Gov. Phil Scott’s press conference today, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources Julie Moore said this: “It’s never been more important for Vermonters to get outside, but also to stay close to home. Anyone planning to spend time outdoors this weekend should do the following. First, stay close to home. We’re fortunate to live in a place that has outstanding outdoor recreation in nature, and...
For a good long time it looked as if outdoor recreation — skinning, hiking and camping — would be our savior during COVID-19. This week, things look different. Uphill skiing has been shut down at resorts around the state and popular backcountry destinations such as Mt. Washington (shown here, during a warm day in 2018) are discouraging visitors and putting an end to the Mount Washington Avalanche Center avalanche reports. Vermont State Parks were open (though facilities are all closed, as is usually the case in the winter months). The Vermont Venture Challenge was on, encouraging people to...
As news reports circulate about business meetings on the videoconferencing platform Zoom being interrupted, the Better Business Bureau is offering advice on how businesses can protect themselves from this so-called “Zoom-bombing.” The FBI reported these two recent incidents in which an unauthorized person disrupted a video conference. In the first incident last week, a Massachusetts high school reported that while a teacher was conducting an online class using Zoom, an unidentified individual(s) dialed into the classroom, yelled a profanity and shouted the teacher’s home address. A second...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development on Wednesday, April 1, established a COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center, a new website that is helping financially strapped businesses owners find, and navigate, the myriad state and federal programs able to provide them with critical financial lifelines to weather the ongoing pandemic. The website, found at accd.vermont.gov/covid-19, also includes resources for individuals recently laid off or furloughed amid the economic strife that has become an inescapable byproduct of COVID-19. “I think this resource center is...
Members of Vermont’s Congressional delegation have been working hard to help Vermont businesses weather the economic and health crisis. Here are some of their comments from Thursday night’s COVID-19 telephone town hall organized by Congressman Peter Welch. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch   “We, your Congressional delegation, have a fundamental responsibility to have the federal government be the economic backstop for you, and also for our state and our hospitals.”   U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy   Sen. Leahy is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and an architect of the federal stimulus...
BRANDON — A measure being considered by the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs would put a stay on evictions, foreclosures and repossessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium would be in addition to the halt on most evictions handed down last month by the Vermont judicial system, which effectively halted 95 percent of eviction proceedings due to the pandemic. “We don’t want people ending up on the streets, and we don’t want to tax the system any more than it already is,” said Sen. Cheryl Hooker, the Rutland County legislator who sits on the Senate...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has asked state officials to designate the currently suspended downtown Middlebury rail bridges project as a “critical infrastructure” job, which would allow construction to resume without further delay. Plans originally called for a March 30 start for replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel. But that date was pushed back to April 15 as a result of Gov. Phil Scott’s coronavirus-related “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on March 25. Project boosters have been hoping to...
MIDDLEBURY — After considering the recommendations of state and national health experts, as well as the increasingly restrictive social distancing policies that have been imposed at home and abroad to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Middlebury College announced on Thursday that in-person classes will remain suspended for the rest of the school year and that its May 24 commencement will be held “virtually.” The class of 2020 will eventually have an in-person graduation ceremony, sometime this year or next, conditions permitting. Reunion 2020, which was scheduled for the first...
Editor's note: This story is a message from Addison County State Sen. Ruth Hardy. We're into the second month of the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont and April promises to be even more difficult than March. Current state models project the “peak” of cases between mid-to-late April and early May. The sacrifices we're all making by staying at home are working to slow the spread of the virus, and the following weeks will be critical to saving lives. While it's sure to be a really difficult month for all of us, I'm proud of how the people of our state have pulled together to meet this unbelievable...

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