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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Vermonters are overwhelmingly concerned about the state’s small businesses and the hit they’ve taken from the pandemic. Plus, concerning numbers from the COVID-19 outbreak among Vermont inmates at a Mississippi prison, a flash flood watch, and falcons.

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At least 85 Vermont inmates housed in a private prison in Mississippi have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by the Department of Corrections on Sunday. But many more could be infected, as the facility awaits as many as half of its expected test results.

Vermont News Updates For Monday, August 3

Aug 3, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a new outbreak among Vermont inmates in a Mississippi prison and more for Monday, August 3.

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A low-key rally in Montpelier Saturday drew protesters concerned about the federal government's militarized response to civil unrest around the country.

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As college students return to Vermont for the start of the school year, there is some concern about a possible increase in the spread of COVID-19. Plus, as of August 1, a mask mandate is now in effect for all Vermonters, and the state is planning to distribute over 200,000 free cloth masks.

This hour, it's our weekly update with Vermont's health department. We check in with Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan and take your questions. We will also get an update on the Vermont inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Mississippi. 

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This story has been updated.

At least 85 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, the private for-profit prison Vermont contracts in Mississippi, according to an emailed statement released by the Deparment of Corrections on Sunday. 

Vermont News Updates For Friday, July 31

Jul 31, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, candidates running in the upcoming primary election and more for Friday, July 31.

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Citing Vermont's low rates of COVID-19 activity, Gov. Phil Scott announced business could open to 50% of capacity beginning on Saturday. But he urged residents to keep following public heath guidelines, pointing to a new coronavirus fatality as evidence that the virus was still present in the state.

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Six inmates tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Vermont from Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, the private for-profit prison Vermont contracts in Mississippi.

Vermont News Updates For Thursday, July 30

Jul 30, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, a budget deficit in the state college system and more for Thursday, July 30.

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The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

Vermont News Updates For Wednesday, July 29

Jul 29, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, Burlington arrest data showing racial disparities and more for Wednesday, July 29.

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Gov. Phil Scott will delay school reopenings to Sept. 8 to give educators and administrators time to implement procedures needed to keep students and teachers safe from COVID-19.

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Relationships of all kinds have been tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly romantic ones: some people are separated by quarantine or social distancing. Some are stuck in the house together while working from home. And some are struggling with a lack of connection to a significant other. This hour, we want your stories about how the coronavirus has tested your relationships, or lack of relationships

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In green magic marker, 8-year-old Jocelin Foy made a sign on a piece of white construction paper.  “Plese Do not Bring my DaD to Jail,” it said. 

Vermont News Updates For Tuesday, July 28

Jul 28, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus and more for Tuesday, July 28.

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A statewide mask mandate is slated to take effect in Vermont on Saturday, Aug. 1. This hour, our weekly health update focuses on this and other efforts by the state to quell the spread of COVID-19. Plus, contact tracing: What is it and how does it work? We get a firsthand account of the process and answer your questions.

Vermont News Updates For Monday, July 27

Jul 27, 2020
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Vermont reporters provide a roundup of ongoing local coverage of the coronavirus, plans for schools reopening in the fall and more for Monday, July 27.

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School districts across Vermont are beginning to release information about whether they will open this fall, and if so, what school days might look like amidst a pandemic.

But school administrators stress that because Vermont’s infection levels may change, so too might their plans, which is little comfort to anxious parents.

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How Rutland High School is getting ready for the fall. Plus: a superintendent’s concerns, COVID-19 numbers, and Senator Leahy’s thoughts on Biden’s potential running mate.

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