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Governor Orders 14-Day Quarantine for Out-Of-State Travelers

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday ordered people coming into Vermont to self-quarantine for 14 days and discouraged people living or staying in COVID-19 “hotspots” from coming at all, saying visitors have an obligation to “protect those already here.”

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Gov. Phil Scott on Friday said his order closing Vermont schools for the remainder of the school year was a "sad," but necessary step to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Two U.S. officials tell NPR that the Pentagon is expected to send 1,500 troops to the nation's borders with Canada and Mexico to assist Customs and Border Protection operations as the coronavirus death toll tops 1,100 in the United States.

Lagging in the Democratic presidential primary and facing the unique challenge of running for office amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is still assessing his campaign's future.

"It's changing every day because elections are being delayed," Sanders said in an interview with Morning Edition's Noel King.

"Where do we go from here with the elections that are being delayed, where we can't go out and hold rallies or knock on doors? That's what we're looking at right now," Sanders said.

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There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Vermonters seeking unemployment benefits because of layoffs caused by the coronavirus. And new federal legislation could have an important impact on many of these claims. This hour, we examine how the state is dealing with the concerns of both employees and employers.

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The Vermont House passed legislation addressing the COVID-19 crisis Wednesday evening. While lawmakers had come up with a plan to pass the bills with just a few members present to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, they were held up for several hours when Arlington Democrat Cynthia Browning called for a quorum —a majority of members — to vote on the bills.

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Updated 7:10 p.m.

Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday evening Vermont schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  

Updated at 6:37 p.m. ET

President Trump told governors his administration is working on publishing guidelines for state and local governments to use to determine whether to increase or relax social distancing rules to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came ahead of the White House's regular news conference on its response to the pandemic.

A person wearing an apron and blue gloves looks up from behind a counter, holding a wedge of cheese.
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Grocery store workers across Vermont are trying to manage the new risks that come with keeping people fed.

A record 3.3 million people filed for initial unemployment benefits last week, with millions more anticipated in coming weeks. All this has put a huge strain on state employment agencies, so experts say persistence is key to getting those benefits.

Normally, eligible workers can apply for such benefits through their state offices online, by phone, or in person. But now, some websites are crashing, call-in lines are busy, and — obviously — offices are closed to the public.

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Rep. Peter Welch answered some questions regarding the U.S. coronavirus relief package Wednesday on Vermont Edition. Here’s what he had to say about the package that has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Who does the extended unemployment insurance program cover?


Brave Little State

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Tips From A Home-Schooling, Remote-Working Mom

With Vermont schools now closed, many parents are facing a daunting reality. In this installment of Brave Little State, a veteran home-schooling parent and remote worker shares her wisdom.

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Syllabus For Survival

VPR's Amy Kolb Noyes examines how Vermont colleges plan to adapt

Breakdown In Bennington

VPR and VTDigger’s series looking back at Kiah Morris’ resignation from the Vermont House of Representatives.

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For every gift that VPR receives during this campaign, 50% will be donated to the Vermont Community Foundation's VT COVID-19 Response Fund, while 50% will power the essential news and connection VPR is providing to the community during the pandemic.
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Update 3/20/20: Thank you! More than 550 listeners came together last week to donate more than $73,000 for essential news and critical assistance to Vermonters during the coronavirus pandemic. We are so grateful for your generosity.

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

The 16 new cases of COVID-19 announced by health officials Saturday brings the total number of cases in Vermont to 49.
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Explaining Coronavirus To Kids, And The Science Of Soap

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. We’re answering questions about the virus with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics. And chemistry professor Palli Thordarson, from the University of New South Wales on the science of why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs.

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