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 on Saturday, March 7.

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There's a lot riding on a kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

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The challenges of remote learning when not everyone can get online. Plus, the state’s budget, former candidates’ support for Democratic nominee David Zuckerman, and COVID-19 numbers.

Vermont News Updates For Thursday, August 13

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, approval to complete the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and more for Thursday, August 13.

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When Vermont students start the next school year in four weeks, many won’t have full access to the internet they need for remote learning.

Colin Pate was toiling away at his North Philadelphia recording studio in late June when he received an unbelievable text message: "Secret show at Johnny Brenda's tonight, 6:30."

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An outbreak of COVID-19 that began in the city of Winooski is now over, according to the state health department.

Vermont News Updates For Wednesday, August 12

Aug 12, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, the statewide primary and more for Wednesday, August 12.

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Last night Lieutenant Gov. David Zuckerman won the Democratic primary for governor, defeating three other candidates for the nomination. In the General Election in November, he’ll be facing sitting Gov. Phil Scott, who won the GOP nomination yesterday.

Vermont News Updates For Tuesday, Aug. 11

Aug 11, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a lawsuit against Customs and Border Protection and more for Tuesday, August 11.

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With less than a month to go before the start of the school year, some Vermont teachers have deep concerns about returning to their classrooms, and many feel like their voices aren't being heard in the debate over how to safely get Vermont children educated. This hour, a panel of teachers from around the state join us to talk through their plans, concerns, hopes and fears for the new school year.

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Gov. Phil Scott used his twice-weekly media briefing Tuesday to prevail on Vermont school districts to bring students back to the classroom for in-person learning this fall.

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Starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, Gov. Phil Scott will give an update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and his administration's response. The update will come during one of the Governor's regularly scheduled, bi-weekly press conferences.

At least 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, according to a new review of state-level data by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association. The increase represents a 40% surge in the nation's cumulative total of child cases.

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Extra questions and answers from the candidates for governor. Plus, new guidelines for classrooms, tensions over UVM’s testing protocol, and COVID-19 numbers.

Liveblog For Vermont's 2020 Primary Election

Aug 10, 2020
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Vermont's Primary Day took place on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and this year, things looked a little different. Though polling places across the state opened for business, residents were encouraged by the Vermont Secretary of State's office to vote absentee.

Vermont News Updates For Monday, August 10

Aug 10, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, the August 11 primary election and more for Monday, August 10.

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Vermont has just reached a COVID-19 milestone: more than 100,000 people have been tested for the virus. Health officials say now is not the time to relax our pandemic precautions, but they are changing the messaging around who needs to get tested and when. This hour: it's our weekly update with the Vermont Health Department. We get the latest from Commissioner Mark Levine and answer your questions.

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The U.S. has hit 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases — just 17 days after crossing the 4 million mark — as lawmakers and states continue to grapple with how to chart a path back to normal as the pandemic continues to rage on.

For Marjorie Roberts, it started on March 26.

The healthy, 59-year-old life coach in Atlanta says it started as a normal day. She went out to get the mail. As she walked back to her apartment, she lost her balance. Odd for her, but she didn't think much of it.

By evening, "everything came down on me like a ton of bricks," she says. Extreme fatigue was the first symptom among several. Her long ordeal was just beginning. "I had no idea what I was in for."

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What sets each of the four Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor apart? Plus, struggling small businesses, grants for childcare centers, and COVID-19 numbers.

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