COVID-19

09/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College sanctioned 22 students this weekend after determining that they had violated COVID-19 conduct policies. All of the students had their on-campus housing privileges revoked and they are no longer allowed to visit, study or take courses on campus. “This is disappointing news in the context of the overall high level of compliance our students have demonstrated to this point, which has allowed us to advance to Phase 2 of our reopening,” wrote Dean of Students Derek Doucet in an announcement posted to the college website Monday morning. “We are gratified that the...
09/21/2020
The number of reported cases of Covid-19 among Native Americans in Vermont remains low, but Abenaki tribal leaders are concerned their members remain at risk because of economic and health factors. In addition, they say state data that relies on self-reporting could undercount Abenaki cases among individuals who are hesitant to self-identify as Native American.  Across the country, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native American tribes, as well as people of color more generally. In Vermont, African American Vermonters have the highest rate of infection of any...
09/18/2020
COLCHESTER — Green Mountain Power is reaching out to customers to let them know they could qualify for free money from the state of Vermont that can help pay overdue utility bills tied to the pandemic. More than 23,000 GMP customers have balances older than 60 days for service after the pandemic began — mostly residential customers. Lawmakers created the Vermont COVID-19 Arrearage Assistance program using $8 million in federal COVID relief funds to help Vermonters pay overdue electric, telephone, water, and natural gas balances at least 60 days overdue that were caused by the pandemic. In the...

Gov. Phil Scott, left, and Health Commissioner Mark Levine. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
09/18/2020
Bars and restaurants with counter seating will be allowed to serve customers, under new guidelines announced Friday by Gov. Phil Scott, and lodging facilities can open to 100% capacity. Bars will be required to maintain a six-foot separation between customers and have barriers in place between servers and customers. Lodging facilities can open to full capacity, a move Scott said was critical as fall foliage season approaches. Visitors who come from areas with a low rate of cases will not be required to follow a 14-day quarantine, unlike  others who come from higher-rate areas. “Now, we’re...

U.S. REP. PETER WELCH / Photo by Benji Renton
09/18/2020
WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Welch on Friday introduced legislation to extend the deadline for state and local governments to use funds appropriated by the CARES Act. Currently, the state and local relief funds from the CARES Act must be used by Dec. 31, making it impossible to complete long-term recovery projects. Rep. Welch’s bill would fix that by authorizing the use of these funds through Sept. 30, 2021. “Our state and local communities need help to get through this unprecedented and challenging time,” Welch said in a press release. “But implementing the changes needed to cope with the...
09/18/2020
BRISTOL — Because of the pandemic, Bristol will not be holding its annual Harvest Fest this year, but it will host a Harvest Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating Bristol businesses will be offering great buys, end-of-season sales and previews of early fall and holiday merchandise, according to the event’s Facebook page. There will be various surprises from Main Street businesses, so shoppers are encouraged to check tables on both sides of the street. In accordance with state-mandated public health precautions, shoppers are asked to wear face masks while...

ORWELL VILLAGE SCHOOL kindergarten teacher Josh Martin leads story time for his students in a rustic outdoor learning space. The Orwell community partnered with its school to create the outdoor classrooms as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/17/2020
ORWELL — Teachers have been busy these past few months ordering classroom supplies for the first in-school classes since mid-March. A lot of chalk, erasers, desks, chairs and photocopier paper, right? Nope. The Orwell Village School’s supply list has included wood chips, large stones, tree stumps and tarps — the new “normal” classroom décor during this era of COVID-19. Orwell parents, educators and business leaders have joined forces to create an outdoor learning environment until a vaccine, or Mother Nature, sends students and teachers back into the school building. “It’s just another...

DURING GOV. PHIL Scott’s Tuesday news conference Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed Vermonters on the coronavirus pandemic.
09/17/2020
MONTPELIER — National Health Advisor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci addressed Vermont by video Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Gov. Phil Scott’s weekly news conference.  “I’m a big fan,” said Scott of Fauci’s role guiding the nation through the coronavirus pandemic. “He tells it like it is. And in a way that most of us can understand. Much like Dr. Levine. For most, he probably needs no introduction, but I’ll give one anyway. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases where he’s led our understanding of HIV, AIDS, Ebola, and ZICA. He’s advised six presidents on these...
09/17/2020
Dear Middlebury Community, I write today to let you know that we will move to Phase 2 of our campus reopening this Thursday, Sept. 17, due to our encouraging COVID-19 testing results to date. At the moment, Middlebury College has zero positive cases, zero students in quarantine, and zero in isolation. Since mid-August, we have seen a high degree of compliance with our rules and protocols. In a few cases, we have imposed sanctions that included sending students home. Overall, our students are eager to stay on the positive path to complete an in-person semester. Your support and collaboration...
09/11/2020
A new state website to distribute $30 “buy local” gift cards to Vermonters as an economic recovery measure experienced difficulties Tuesday morning when more than 10,000 Vermonters tried to sign up. The pilot program, which is funded by $425,000 from the federal CARES Act, offers electronic coupons for Vermonters to redeem at local businesses. The coupons were offered on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday to residents who applied. Because of the limited funding allotted, there were just 14,166 coupons available. And within the first hour of the site being live, more...

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