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Statistics show that the average age of people becoming infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 is declining in Vermont.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and administration officials today announced a series of housing assistance programs to help landlords, renters and low-income homeowners who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For many couples during the pandemic, “I do” has become “let’s wait.” Businesses associated with Vermont’s wedding industry have taken a substantial loss in bookings and finances due to the coronavirus. Representative Peter Welch held an e-meeting with dozens of professionals to discuss the challenges they face and update them on the Congressional response.

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Vermont officials have announced the guidelines that colleges and universities must follow this fall to allow students back on campus for in-person classroom learning.

Vermont has developed mandatory guidance and health protocols for colleges and universities to follow as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says four city bars have been issued warnings for not following rules intended to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

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The Vermont Legislature adjourned late last Friday night until August. This week, the House Speaker and finance committee chairs discussed how federal COVID-19 recovery funds have been appropriated and what work remains.

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The Vermont Legislature has adjourned the first of two 2020 legislative sessions. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, lawmakers will return to Montpelier in August.

Vermont is expanding it trusted traveler program that allows some people to visit the state without a two week quarantine.

Officials say an incoming inmate at the Vermont women's prison has tested positive for COVID-19.

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In March, Vermont Governor Phil Scott dismissed all in-person pre-K through grade 12 classes for the remainder of the academic year.  On June 10th he announced that data and tracking of the coronavirus in the state indicated it is safe to reopen in person teaching in the fall. The Vermont-NEA held a virtual town hall this week with Vermont’s sole Congressman and the state Senate President to discuss the impact of the pandemic on the state’s schools and teachers.

One of the first moves Vermont officials took when COVID-19 hit the state was to close senior and residential care facilities to outside visitors.  During his Wednesday briefing Governor Phil Scott announced that visitors will be allowed back with restrictions.

After months of grappling with the coronavirus, municipalities across the country are running out of money. The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently outlined their pandemic recovery priorities to keep their cities financially viable.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has extended for another month the state of emergency imposed to help the state cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Vermont House is poised to give final approval to a bill that would allow mail-in voting for this fall's presidential election.

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Students will be back in the classroom this fall in Vermont. State officials announced Wednesday that schools will reopen for in-person instruction after the coronavirus derailed the second half of the 2020 school year.

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Education Secretary Dan French says Vermont will be able to safely open pre-K through 12 schools to in-person instruction in the fall.

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Members of an immigrant community say a spike in coronavirus cases in a Vermont city hit their tightly knit communities because a language barrier may have prevented some from knowing how to prevent the spread or getting tested.

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch recently held a virtual roundtable with the mayors and town managers of Vermont’s cities to discuss their expectations and needs for federal pandemic relief.

As Vermont’s bars and restaurants opened, with restrictions, to inside diners Monday Governor Phil Scott announced that the next step in the state’s gradual reopening will be allowing some low contact sports to begin.

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Vermont health officials say an outbreak of COVID-19 that began in the city of Winooski has grown to 62 cases. The additional positive 38 adults and 16 children now include residents of Burlington and other communities.

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During his regular Wednesday briefing, Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed plans his administration is developing to restore indoor dining at restaurants. And the state’s health director provided an update on a new cluster of COVID-19 in the state.

The courts reopened Monday along with a number of other sectors of the Vermont economy.

In a pilot program Vermont is reopening some overnight summer camps. It’s hoped the move will help the state manage future changes to restrictions for out-of-state tourists.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott relaxed some COVID-19 business restrictions on Friday. He was also quizzed about his campaign plans following his announcement Thursday that he will seek a third term.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott held a regular COVID-19 briefing Wednesday morning.  He teased potential new openings of the state’s business sectors as his administration continues tracking data to determine when it’s appropriate to resume certain activities.

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The state of Vermont is preparing to close some surge sites that were set up across the state in case COVID-19 infections overwhelmed the state’s hospitals.

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After a month of online finals and Zoom graduation ceremonies, discussion continues about how Vermont’s largest college plans to bring students back to campus this summer and fall.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says despite the state showing positive progress, he intends to continue a cautious reopening strategy from COVID-19-related shutdowns.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott outlined a $400 million pandemic economic recovery program for businesses across the state during his COVID-19 briefing Wednesday.

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