Coronavirus

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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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Maintaining a safe distance can be especially painful when someone you know or love is grieving. You want to reach out with a hug or a handshake; share tears and laughter at a funeral or some other celebration of life.

But now that the governor has issued his order for Vermonters to stay home, people are having to put off funeral services and other celebrations of life.

Governor Orders 14-Day Quarantine for Out-Of-State Travelers

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Gov. Phil Scott on Monday ordered people coming into Vermont to self-quarantine for 14 days and discouraged people living or staying in COVID-19 “hotspots” from coming at all, saying visitors have an obligation to “protect those already here.”

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Vermont reporters provide a round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Monday, March 30.

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Because of coronavirus, people near and far are going to work, attending church services and even going to weddings using apps on computers and phones. 

But on Sunday, March 29, the residents of Grafton pushed aside their screens, left their homes, and gathered together to celebrate the 90th birthday of their beloved neighbor, Joan Lake. 

President Trump is repeating his claim that the United States is doing more testing for the coronavirus than any other country.

"We have more cases because we're doing far more testing than anybody in the world," the president said in a White House briefing on Sunday.

The U.S has ramped up testing, but still lags other countries like Italy and South Korea, when it comes to testing on a per capita basis.

Large numbers of companies are rolling out mandatory work-from-home policies to help limit the risks posed by the coronavirus outbreak. But cybersecurity experts warn that those remote setups invite new hacking risks.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently issued warnings of an uptick in fraudulent crimes tied to the coronavirus, particularly by scammers posing as official health agencies.

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President Trump said on Sunday that federal guidelines urging Americans to social distance to slow the spread of the coronavirus will remain in place for another month and could last until June.

Under the recommendations, the Trump administration is imploring people to avoid restaurants, bars and other situations involving more than 10 people and restrict traveling to trips deemed essential.

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Live 1 p.m. discussion: Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday that Vermont's schools would remain closed through the rest of the term to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Agency of Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey joins Vermont Edition to discuss how they're helping schools move classroom instruction online, meeting the needs of students with disabilities, getting meals to students and more.

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It’s a busy time of year for Vermont’s vegetable and fruit farmers. Spring is coming, and farmers across the state will soon be turning their soil and starting another growing season. Even though the new coronavirus is raising a lot of questions about how they'll market the vegetables and flowers they grow, farmers are plowing ahead.

Animal shelters across the country have had to close their doors as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Fearing the arrival of new litters and abandoned animals with no one to adopt them, they are racing to empty kennels before they are forced to resort to euthanasia.

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The number of coronavirus deaths in the United States has sharply accelerated in recent days, now exceeding 2,000, marking a doubling of the fatality rate in the span of two days.

After Bernie Sanders suffered three straight weeks of big losses across the country, the Vermont senator returned home to "assess his campaign."

Vermont Coronavirus Updates For Sunday, March 29

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Vermont reporters provide a quick round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Sunday, March 29.

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Each week, VPR asks local newsrooms about their top stories. This week, County Courier reporter Ben Kaufmann discusses how Franklin County communities are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Vermont reporters provide a quick round-up of ongoing local coverage of coronavirus for Saturday, March 28.

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Vermont is teeming with local real estate agents who take great pride in showing their properties. But now that we're all supposed to stay six feet apart, plus working and schooling our kids at home, agents have had to change their practices to accommodate both buyers and sellers.

In recent weeks doctors and nurses have reported dire shortages of protective gear; on the Cape Cod peninsula in Massachusetts, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, hospital workers say they're being forced to reuse N-95 masks. In New York, the current epicenter of the U.S.

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We'd like to hear what you're curious about. Email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

For biotechnology companies, responding to a sudden public health crisis, like the coronavirus, can be risky business. It can take more than a year to develop a vaccine or treatment. By that time, the threat may be gone, leaving little or no demand for a drug.

The current coronavirus pandemic appears to be different.

The race to beat the pathogen is on, with many biotechs now expecting a large market for coronavirus therapies in 2021 or beyond. But the starting gun didn’t fire right away when the virus began spreading late last year.

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President Trump signed an historic $2 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday just hours after the House approved it amidst the deepening crisis over the pandemic.

"This will deliver urgently needed relief to our nation's families, workers and businesses. And that's what this is all about," Trump said at a signing ceremony in the Oval Office.

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