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Health update: Officials plan to drop school mask recommendation as omicron recedes

Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine and Gov. Phil Scott.
Elodie Reed
VPR File
This hour, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine answers Vermonters' questions about COVID-19.

Live call-in discussion: COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations are declining in Vermont, as state officials say the omicron surge is coming to an end. Among other measures, the state plans to drop mask recommendations for schools by the end of the month, provided 80% of students are vaccinated. This hour, we'll get the latest on COVID-19 in Vermont and hear how the state plans to focus public health efforts on the most vulnerable residents.

Our guest is:

  • Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont's health commissioner

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Tedra joined VPR as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.