Coronavirus

The new coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China. It has since been found in countries all around the world, including the United States. Vermont announced its first case late on Saturday, March 7.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is siding with campground and restaurant owners in Maine who sued the state over a two-week self-quarantine policy for out-of-state visitors.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills imposed the restriction as part the state's response to the ongoing pandemic. Several other states have imposed similar measures.

Eight states and the District of Columbia are holding primary elections next week amid the coronavirus pandemic, and voters are expected to cast their ballots by mail in record numbers.

It is likely to be a preview of what's to come in the fall, and some worry whether the U.S. Postal Service is up to the challenge.

A lot of people like the Postal Service; according to a recent Pew poll, 91% of Americans had a positive view, higher than any other branch of government. But it's an agency with some big problems.

Vermont Coronavirus Updates For Friday, May 29

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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Friday, May 29.

Phil Scott.
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In his first public comments after filing for his reelection candidacy Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott said his participation in political debates this year will be hinge on how well Vermont is battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Phil Scott at a podium
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Gov. Phil Scott Friday resisted mounting calls from Vermont’s tourism industry to ease restrictions on out-of-state visitors, but said a “pilot program” for overnight camps this summer may provide a blueprint for more expansive travel allowances.

It has become a political and cultural flashpoint, drawing a clear divide between the "masked" and the "masked-nots." The disdain runs between the consciously unmasked president of the United States and his deliberately mask-donning Democratic rival, all the way on down to those crossing paths — and often crossing each other — in the cereal aisle of the grocery store.

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The pandemic’s effect on Vermont’s judiciary. Governor Scott is running for re-election, but he won’t campaign. Plus, the sale of Marlboro College and COVID-19 case numbers.

Steps leading up to a courthouse.
Emily Corwin / VPR File

Courts in Vermont, like pretty much all sectors of society, have been forced to rethink their operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. State courts have been in a judicial emergency since mid-March. Most hearings have been postponed, and public access has been severely limited.

Vermont Coronavirus Updates For Thursday, May 28

May 28, 2020
A masked woman plants basin on Free Verse Farm
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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Thursday, May 28.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has reached a somber milestone: As of Wednesday afternoon, the highly infectious viral disease has taken more than 100,000 lives nationwide.

Gary Theriault hops off his motorcycle and walks into the Tastee-Freez, a roadside ice cream and takeout stand just a short hop from the Canadian border, in Madawaska, Maine.

As he waits for his milkshake, Theriault peers across the St. John River towards Edmundston, New Brunswick. He says the two communities have long been linked by their heritage and connected economies.

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.
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This year is an election year. And one for the history books, no doubt. We look at what the COVID-19 crisis means for candidates and campaign strategy, and ask what lessons can be learned from campaigns of years past.

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Erica Heilman’s conversation with Ronald Burns about what he learned from being homeless as a teenager. Plus: an interview with the interviewer, selling a ski resort, and loosening COVID-19 restrictions.

A snowy driveway leading to a ski lodge and mountain.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

The process of selling Jay Peak Resort has “ground to a halt” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recently filed court documents. The ski resort, which is managed by court-appointed receiver, was put up for sale after its former owners were accused of defrauding foreign investors.

Sign for a childcare center
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On June 1, child care centers in Vermont will be able to open to all families for the first time since March after only being allowed to care for children of essential workers.

A person wearing a sleeveless shirt.
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Ronald Burns lives with his mother in St. Johnsbury. They’re both diabetic, and while his mother receives disability, Ronald’s income from his part-time job has dwindled since the onset of COVID-19. Erica Heilman met with Ronald to find out how he and his mother are getting on (and brought along her socially distant, makeshift mic boom).

Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility
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On April 16, I asked Harry Norway if the pandemic had changed much about life in prison in Mississippi. Norway is one of over 200 men incarcerated by the state of Vermont at the private prison, run by the company CoreCivic. 

“Nothing’s changed,” he said. “Nothing’s changed.” 

Gov. Phil Scott stands at a podium next to a screen reading "COVID-19 Vermont's Response"
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Gov. Phil Scott says a sustained decline in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Vermont will likely allow him to loosen restrictions on public gatherings by the end of the week.

A volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol carries a box of MREs to a car
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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Wednesday, May 27.

It is critical to have accurate, timely information right now, and VPR has expanded our news coverage in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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We know how important it is to have accurate, timely information as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, and that you’re counting on VPR more than ever to provide it. We’ve expanded our programming in response to this outbreak. Here’s how to get it. 

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