Coronavirus

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, 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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Vermont reporters provide coverage of the closing of the 2020 legislative session and a roundup of other top news takeaways for Friday, Sept. 25.

Each week we answer some of your pressing questions about the coronavirus and how to stay safe. Email us your questions at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

What is up CDC? First you say airborne transmission is a thing. Then you rolled it back. So ... is this something I should be worried about?

Pregnant women had mountains of concern at the beginning of the pandemic, and doctors didn't have many answers. Now, months after COVID-19 began sweeping across the globe, new studies and CDC reports are out.

While there is still much that is unknown, the picture is beginning to be more clear.

Back in early April as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged New York, John J. Lennon was sure he would contract the coronavirus.

As a prisoner at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y., social distancing was impossible, he says. Making calls on prison phones, Lennon says, meant being "chest to shoulders" with nearly two dozen inmates. "It was a death-trap situation to use the phone," he says.

Vermont News Updates For Thursday, September 24

Sep 24, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus and more for Thursday, September 24.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Jesus Gonzalez was about a year into starting a Cuban food catering and "pop-up" business in Lexington, Ky. It's like "a food truck, but without a truck," he says.

His steadiest gig was setting up tables with a spread of Cuban food at local breweries so people could eat while quaffing pints. But then all that shut down. And he says things aren't back to normal enough yet for the breweries to bring him back.

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Although many communities and individuals continue to struggle with challenges caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest VPR-Vermont PBS poll finds that Vermonters are largely hopeful about what’s to come.

Vermont News Updates For Wednesday, September 23

Sep 23, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, September 23.

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET

Amid criticism from Democrats that politics may be guiding decisions at the nation's top health agencies, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that a coronavirus vaccine would not be approved until it met "vigorous expectations" for safety and effectiveness.

Updated at 7:00 a.m. ET

More than 100,000 people are taking part in studies to see if one or more COVID-19 vaccine candidates actually work.

Vermont News Updates For Tuesday, September 22

Sep 22, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a new VPR-Vermont PBS poll and more for Tuesday, September 22.

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Public schools in Vermont are about to get wider latitude in how they go about preventing the spread of COVID-19 among staff and students. And that new leeway means interscholastic sport competitions can begin this Saturday.

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They're in it for the long haul. Fatigued. Short of breath. Continuing to exhibit symptoms weeks -- if not months -- after contracting COVID-19. This hour: long-haulers and the known -- and unknown -- effects of a once-in-a-century virus. We hear from a physician at the University of Vermont, a New York Times reporter who has written about the experiences of long-haulers,  and we answer your questions.

The U.S. marked 100,000 recorded deaths from COVID-19 on May 27. Now it's preparing to reach 200,000.

Though the number of daily fatalities has gone down since the highs of spring, COVID-19 still claims the lives of hundreds of people in the U.S. each day. More are expected to die as the weather gets colder.

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Republican Gov. Phil Scott is coasting to reelection and has become more popular than the three Democrats who serve in Vermont's Congressional delegation according to a new poll from VPR and Vermont PBS.

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When the nation's top expert on infectious disease joined Gov. Scott in last week’s COVID-19 press conference, a key part of his message was to reassure the public on vaccine safety.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Vermonters that if a vaccine is approved, he’d take it. But a new VPR-Vermont PBS poll indicates less than half of Vermonters feel likewise.

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The latest VPR/Vermont PBS poll finds Vermonters largely uncertain about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, Senator Leahy on Justice Ginsburg’s now-vacant Supreme Court seat, a second wave in Quebec, and the triumphant return of bonus data.

Vermont News Updates For Monday, September 21

Sep 21, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus and more for Monday, September 21.

Every year, Stephen Lim and his colleagues at the University of Washington compile and analyze health data from every country on the planet to come up with a sort of global report card.

Year after year, one of the biggest success stories has been the vaccination of children.

"We've really seen this steady progress in increasing the fraction of children who are receiving ... in particular, the basic vaccines — diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis," Lim says.

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Vermont's ski resorts employ about 13,000 people, a quarter of them year-round, and the $1.6 billion industry typically brings in $925 million in direct spending, plus the $675 million resorts spend on vendors according to Ski Vermont. The current pandemic, however, has been anything but typical, and across Vermont, ski resorts are taking different approaches for how to open for the upcoming season.

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