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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.

A white piece of printer paper with the question If travel restrictions were lifted today, where would you go? hangs on a white wall, with written answers below.
Mary Carol Maganzini / VPR

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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Erica Heilman / VPR

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.

A banner advertises a state-run vaccination clinic across the top of the entrance to the industrial-looking Holiday Inn in Rutland.
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.

Looking up from the slopes at the lift shack atop Wilderness Lift at Bolton Valley, with snow on the trees and rime on the liftline, and a blue sky.
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.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

The Vermont legislature is taking steps toward a legal cannabis market. Plus, an app to tell you how high you are, no new parking garage for Montpelier, and climbing COVID-19 case numbers at UVM.

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Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus and more for Monday, April 5.

The job market is starting to roar back, but for anxious college seniors like Bao Ha, it's a different reality altogether.

"I've probably applied to like 130 or 40 jobs or something," Ha says. "I have not gotten even an email back, or an interview."

Ha is graduating soon from Macalaster College in Minnesota, and between his anthropology thesis and trying to check items off his senior year bucket list, he has spent hours crafting cover letters and scouring job postings.

And now, self-doubt has started to trickle in.

Zoom meetings. Virtual happy hours. Facetime dates. We've been living in a pandemic world for over a year now, and for better or worse, many of us are used to our new social routines.

But as vaccinations ramp up and restrictions begin to loosen across the country, the new question is: Are we ready? After so much time apart, do we even know how to socialize in person anymore?

Lara Dickson / For VPR

A surge in Barre’s granite headstone industry. Plus, Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George responds to Attorney General TJ Donovan, 20,000 COVID-19 cases, and new guidelines for schools.

Since the pandemic began, pregnant people have faced a difficult choice: to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.

The risk of severe disease or even death from COVID-19 — while small — is higher during pregnancy. More than 82,000 coronavirus infections among pregnant individuals and 90 maternal deaths from the disease have been reported in the U.S. as of last month.

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Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, delayed pension reform and more for Friday, April 2.

I've spent 30 years trying to make complicated science understandable. Explaining how vaccines work can be especially tricky. Explaining the new technology used in COVID-19 vaccines can be trickier still.

So my heart filled with joy and delight when I saw Vick Krishna's TikTok explaining how the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna work. So simple. So straightforward. So well done.

Lara Dickson / For VPR

Why the vaccine rollout has been slow in Essex County. Plus, frequent testing in prisons, rail plans, and real estate.

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Michael Dougherty / VT Digger

Essex County in the northeastern corner of Vermont has the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate of any county in the state. What's going on?

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Elodie Reed / VPR File

Vermont reporters provide a roundup of top news takeaways about the coronavirus, the Vermont House's formal apology for its role in the eugenics movement and more for Thursday, April 1.

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