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The trauma of the pandemic has affected many: health care workers, first responders, even grocery store clerks. Hospice workers - who deal with death every day - were heavily affected.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

The long-lasting effects the pandemic has had on hospice workers. Plus, vaccinations for those 30 and up, wealth disparities in Chittenden County, and potential changes to the state constitution.

Duke University in North Carolina has announced that it will require students to have a COVID-19 vaccine when they return this fall. And the list of campuses with such policies is growing.

It's official: This week U.S. health authorities announced that the mutant strain of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom last winter is now the predominant strain in the United States. And it's been found in at least 130 other countries as well.

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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Friday, April 9.

Vaccine "passports" are making headlines and eliciting emergency measures by governors in a handful of states.

So what are these credentials, exactly, and what are they used for?

What is a vaccine passport?

It's a credential that can be used to show that a person has been vaccinated. The same technology can be used to show a person's coronavirus test results. It's a way to demonstrate a person's health status, generally through a smartphone app or a QR code that has been printed.

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Asking a contact tracer questions about asking questions as a contact tracer. Plus, new school guidelines, COVID vaccinations in Vermont’s prisons, and the return of trains.

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Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and other news for Thursday, April 8.

Joyce Ann Kraner is eager for the pandemic to end and for life to get back to normal. Kraner, 49, wants to be able to hug her mother, who lives in a nursing home.

But she says she has no plans to get the vaccine, even though it's widely available in her community of Murfreesboro, Tenn. "I feel like I'm healthy," she says.

A more easily spread coronavirus variant first identified in England last year has now become the dominant strain in the U.S., the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The variant, known as B.1.1.7, spread quickly across the United Kingdom and Ireland beginning last fall, with the more infectious version of the coronavirus thwarting restrictions and lockdowns that had earlier helped keep the original strain in check.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

Preserving Vermont’s historic maple sugaring operations. Plus, money from the American Rescue Plan, vaccines during Ramadan, and COVID-19 numbers.

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Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, a request for the Vermont Humans Rights Commission to investigate the Bennington Select Board and more for Wednesday, April 7.

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The Scott administration has unveiled its Vermont Forward Plan, a three-month roadmap to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by July 4. In our weekly health update, we take an in-depth look at the Vermont Forward Plan with Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, and we answer your questions.

Updated April 6, 2021 at 5:56 PM ET

President Biden announced Tuesday that he is moving up the deadline for states to open up COVID-19 vaccinations to all U.S. residents 18 and older by about two weeks. Less than a month after directing states to expand eligibility to all adults by May 1, Biden changed that deadline to April 19.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

How much COVID relief money did Vermont’s ski industry get? Plus, Gov. Scott’s reopening plan, a third variant, and frog day.

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When a Vermonter tests positive for COVID, it sets into motion a series of calls with the Health Department. First, a notification call, then a conversation with a contact tracer to try and identify all recent close contacts. Contact tracing is part-detective work, part-psychology.

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Nina Keck / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, April 6.

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Gov. Phil Scott today announced a COVID-19 reopening plan that would lift all pandemic-related safety mandates by July 4.

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Abagael Giles / VPR

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Vermont has awarded more than $330 million in public funds to private businesses with the goal of helping them survive forced shutdowns and a slowed economy.

Switching between Swahili and English, Dr. Frank Minja asked the African immigrants on the Zoom call if they had any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Minja, who is originally from Tanzania, was asked how to get the vaccine, how it works, whether it's safe.

Then one person asked him about a video promoting the conspiracy theory that the vaccine is part of a plot to reduce the Black race.

"That's the realm of nonsense and misinformation," he said.

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