• coronavirus December 19, 2021 8:37 pm

    Vermont Confirms Its First Case of Omicron Variant

    Health officials in Vermont have confirmed the state’s first case of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. The state Department of Health said Saturday that genetic sequencing identified the variant in a specimen collected Dec. 8 from a Lamoille County resident in their 30’s. Officials said the individual was fully vaccinated and had been experiencing mild symptoms. State Health…

  • Vermont October 13, 2021 3:33 pm

    Vermont COVID Cases Up 26%; No Change in Prevention Tactics

    The number of new COVID-19 cases in Vermont increased 26% in the last week and 8% over the last two weeks, but Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he didn’t believe reimposing mask mandates would help reduce the spread of the virus. Speaking at his regular weekly virus briefing, Scott said he continues to recommend that people wear masks during indoor…

  • Vermont May 6, 2021 11:50 pm

    Why Organ Transplant Recipients Aren't Acting Like the Pandemic Is Winding Down

    A new study from doctors at Johns Hopkins found COVID-19 likely remains a risk for a certain segment of the population, organ transplant recipients, even after two doses of the mRNA vaccines.

  • coronavirus June 26, 2020 4:02 pm

    Vermont Expands Visitation Without Quarantine

    Vermont is expanding their trusted travel map, a list of communities that have been approved to visit the state without a two week quarantine. Counties in other states must meet a threshold of less than 400 active cases per million and be within driving distance of Vermont in order to qualify. Beginning July 1, counties in states including Pennsylvania, New…

  • retail May 18, 2020 9:45 pm

    Limited Retail Resumes in Vermont

    Non-essential retail stores were allowed to reopen Monday in Vermont with limitations.

  • coronavirus April 15, 2020 10:03 pm

    Vermont Coronavirus Cases Continue to Plateau

    Vermont officials are seeing a plateau in the number of coronavirus cases, with under five percent of tests coming back positive each day, officials said. As of Wednesday, the state had reported 752 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, including 29 fatal cases. “There’s clearly a tendency towards a plateauing,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in a…

  • coronavirus April 14, 2020 9:52 pm

    International Workers Stuck at Vermont Ski Resorts

    Coronavirus travel restrictions have left some Americans stuck overseas, as well as foreigners stuck in the United States — including workers at Vermont ski resorts.

  • Governor September 2, 2019 9:33 pm

    Smoking and Vaping Age Climbs to 21 in Vermont

    A new state law that changes Vermont’s smoking age took effect over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Similar to rules already on the books in Massachusetts and Maine, consumers now have to be 21 to buy tobacco products or e-cigarettes in Vermont. “Certainly, it’s added a lot of extra training for our staff,” said Dave Hartnett, the manager of...

  • Governor August 15, 2019 1:37 pm

    ‘There's No Safe Level of Lead:' Vermont Schools, Day Care Centers Undergoing Wave of Lead Tests

    With a sweeping round of statewide lead tests now underway at Vermont schools and day care centers, some faucets and drinking fountains are getting failing grades. Wednesday, state health and environmental leaders unveiled a new website where families can check on lead levels in their kids’ drinking water sources. Under a new state law, every tap used for drinking or...

  • Governor July 30, 2019 9:57 pm

    Vt. Officials Call for Vigilance Against ‘Cesspool of Organisms'

    Top officials in Vermont are renewing their plea to people across the state to remain vigilant about potential threats from ticks this summer. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture regularly conducts tick surveys aimed at understanding the scope of the threat, collecting nearly 2,000 ticks this spring. Another round of surveying will be conducted in the fall, the agency said, with...

  • OFFICER April 20, 2019 1:28 pm

    Vt. Police Chief Denies Meddling in Autopsy Investigation

    The police chief in Vermont’s largest city said he was simply looking out for the best interests of Burlington — and was not meddling — when he pushed back on the medical findings into a man’s death. Burlington Police Chief Del Pozo insists he merely wanted to understand the findings of Vermont’s chief medical examiner when he reached out to...

  • Governor February 7, 2019 10:05 pm

    ‘This is a Full-On Problem:' Vt. Report on Opioids Calls for New Approaches

    A new report, containing recommendations from Vermont’s governor and a panel of advisors focusing on the opioid overdose crisis, charts a path forward for the state—which for several years has been working to help more drug users find long-term recovery. Despite the long road ahead, the new “Building Bridges” report from the Vermont Governor’s Opioid Coordination Council does show promising...

  • Massachusetts January 31, 2019 11:05 pm

    Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan Comes Out in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    After several years of starts and stops on legislative discussions of marijuana legalization in Vermont, there’s a new push in the Vermont Senate to regulate the legal sales of cannabis and cannabis products to any adult. The move would be on top of sales to people already approved to buy cannabis specifically for medical use—from dispensaries that are currently in...

  • Vermont August 7, 2018 1:23 pm

    Vermont Resident Dies of Rare Lyme Disease Complications

    The Vermont Health Department says tests have confirmed that a resident has died of a rare complication of Lyme disease.

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