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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is up to 20 at a nursing home in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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.

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     Eleven residents of the state-owned Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died amid an outbreak of Covid-19 at the long-term care facility for veterans in western Massachusetts.

Holyoke Soldiers' Home

The superintendent of a Massachusetts veteran's home in Holyoke has been removed from his duties after 11 residents died, including at least five who had tested positive for the coronavirus and another five whose results are pending. 

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.

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are demanding that all frontline staff at the hospital be outfitted with N95 facemasks.


   The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has put up large tents that will be used if the coronavirus spreads to the city’s homeless population.

The Robare Family

A resident of the Williamstown Commons nursing and rehabilitation facility in Williamstown, Massachusetts has died after testing positive for COVID-19. WAMC spoke with her daughter.

Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel has tested positive for COVID-19. She announced the news Friday evening after being tested for the virus Thursday night.

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

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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.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is changing its meal schedule for city students with public schools closed until at least May 4th.

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Paul Hopkins

As positive cases of COVID-19 mount at a Williamstown, Massachusetts nursing home, family members of the residents are reacting.

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The legislative branch of the largest city in western Massachusetts is prepared to meet remotely during the coronavirus pandemic and comply with open meeting requirements.

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Even if they can’t gather for services, spiritual leaders across Berkshire County are tending to their congregants in the anxious era of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts has seen cases of COVID-19 among residents skyrocket from one on Tuesday to 14 by Friday.

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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.

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Powerless In Peru

A Berkshire County resident is one of the thousands of Americans stranded overseas as the world grinds to a halt amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is calling on its landlords to seek relief from mortgage lenders and pass it on to their tenants. 

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    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted agriculture.

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      Restaurants in the largest city in western Massachusetts can now reach for a financial lifeline.

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.

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A company in Berkshire County is working on manufacturing new drugs to treat COVID-19.

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) speaks at a State House news conference where he issued an emergency declaration because of the spreading coronavirus.
Governor's press office via Twitter

  In the latest move in Massachusetts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Charlie Baker has extended the shutdown of all schools into early May.

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A nursing and rehabilitation center in Williamstown, Massachusetts says one of its residents has tested positive for COVID-19. 

As New Yorkers flee the city for Berkshire County, some towns are preparing for a new threat of COVID-19 transmission.

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      Steps are being taken to help students continue learning while at home in the third-largest school district in Massachusetts.