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The world's biggest snowboard maker, based in Vermont, is donating half-a-million respirator masks to hospitals across the Northeast.

The Vermont Corrections Department says an inmate at the state prison in Swanton is the first state prisoner to test positive for the coronavirus.

Screenshot of Bernie Sanders' webstream as he announces suspension of 2020 presidential campaign
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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his second bid for the White House this morning. The presidential candidates have been forced to campaign online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, but that is not the reason Sanders gave for giving up his run for the Democratic nomination.

Burlington City Hall
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Monday evening was the first meeting of the new city council elected by Burlington, Vermont residents on Town Meeting Day in March.  The new council met electronically to elect a new council president, conduct COVID-19 related business and hear Mayor Miro Weinberger’s annual State of the City address.

Cots set up at Patrick Gymnasium COVID-19 surge site
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The state of Vermont, the Vermont National Guard and the University of Vermont Medical Center have been collaborating to set up “surge sites” to handle any potential patient overloads from the coronavirus pandemic. One of the surge facilities is at the Patrick Gymnasium on the UVM campus.  Officials provided a tour of the operation Tuesday morning in advance of any patient transfers.

Vermont Law School

The Vermont Law School has received a $3 million federal grant to establish a national center examining ways to advance restorative justice education.

Governor Phil Scott says while there are glimmers of hope Vermonters need to prepare for what could be a bleak time over the next few weeks as the state continues efforts to control the outbreak of COVID-19.

Jacob Avery
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Among the misconceptions about the coronavirus is it only affects older people. But it can infect people of all ages. 33-year-old Plattsburgh resident Jacob Avery is cautioning people to take the warnings of health officials more seriously. He and his partner are at home in quarantine recovering from COVID-19. Avery, who is seeking a seat on the Plattsburgh Common Council, tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he doesn’t know how he contracted the virus even though he tried to meticulously follow health advisories.

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Vermont’s Health Commissioner is joining a growing number of health officials advising people to wear cloth masks in public.

Vermont Air Guard F-35 does a fly-over before landing at Burlington
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The Vermont Air National Guard will continue its F-35 flight operations even as members deploy across the state to aid in the COVID-19 response.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration provided the latest update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday morning. Their focus was on the effectiveness of the public use of masks and the need to maintain social distancing in order to stem the spread of the disease.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
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On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory recommending residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut refrain from non-essential domestic travel for two weeks because of the high transmission of the coronavirus in the area. Days later, Spirit Airlines said it was suspending all flights to and from those states including airports at Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.  Officials in New York’s North Country say the temporary loss of flights is not a surprise.

Plattsburgh’s mayor is imposing a citywide curfew in an effort to get more people to comply with social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With the economy slowed and schools closed, Vermont Governor Phil Scott gave another update Wednesday on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burlington street sign
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is providing daily updates on how the city, nonprofits and agencies in Vermont’s largest city are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. His latest updates have focused on aid to low-income residents and small business.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is mandating that people who arrive in the state quarantine themselves for 14 days to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The director of a Vermont museum focused on the underground railroad and the abolition of slavery is retiring.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is ordering travelers entering Vermont to self-quarantine.

Vermont’s monthly revenue report came out on Friday. The February report does not reflect the economic impact of coronavirus mitigation efforts.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada says the Trump administration had been considering a proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the coronavirus pandemic.

School bus
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Trying to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, Vermont Governor Phil Scott has closed all schools through the end of the school year.

Plattsburgh City Hall

Plattsburgh’s mayor gave an update on the city’s preparedness for the coronavirus on Thursday. The city council later heard reports from police and fire chiefs on pandemic readiness.

David Zuckerman
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Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive who is running for governor as a Democrat, held a telephone town hall on the coronavirus Wednesday.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson presides over session to pass coronavirus measures
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It took more than three hours Wednesday for the Vermont House to complete work on legislation to assure government operations will continue during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration are implementing a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Vermont Senate reconvenes to consider coronavirus measures
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The Vermont Senate met at the Statehouse in Montpelier Tuesday and passed a series of measures to assure state operations can continue during the coronavirus pandemic.  The chamber also passed measures to increase aid to Vermonters who need additional help.

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik wants the federal government to protect the businesses and workers in her district as debate continues over a pandemic rescue bill in the Senate. The 21st District Republican also wants rural medical facilities assured that they will receive the necessary equipment to keep their personnel safe as the coronavirus spreads from urban areas to her rural district.

Burlington City Hall

Burlington, Vermont officials held a number of meetings on Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak. The regular meeting of the City Council was attended virtually to comply with social distancing recommendations.

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This week, Vermont Governor Phil Scott directed all childcare centers in the state to cease normal operations. But he also ordered schools and “encouraged” childcare facilities to provide services to essential personnel during the coronavirus outbreak.  On Wednesday the governor outlined details regarding his directive affecting child care centers and schools.

It’s an uncertain time after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all bars and restaurants must close except for takeout business for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. In northern New York, Plattsburgh’s bars and restaurants are now finding new ways to do business.