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Vermont senators working remotely are displayed on a monitor, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. The Senate met with a quorum of 16 members wearing face masks and other face coverings in attendance, while the others attended the session electronically during the coronavirus pandemic. (Colin Flanders/Seven Days via AP, Pool)

Brand-new nurses coming to rescue; jobless claims up to 71K

Apr. 9, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

A look at developments related to the coronavirus outbreak around Vermont: ___ UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT NURSES All 95 senior nursing students at the University of Vermont are going to be graduating early this year so they can support health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials said Thursday....

Vermont senators working remotely are displayed on a monitor, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt. The Senate met with a quorum of 16 members wearing face masks and other face coverings in attendance, while the others attended the session electronically during the coronavirus pandemic. (Colin Flanders/Seven Days via AP, Pool)

Inmate tests positive; Scott plans longer stay-home order

Apr. 8, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

An inmate at the state prison in Swanton tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming Vermont's first inmate confirmed to have it, officials said Wednesday. Gov. Phil Scott plans to announce on Friday that Vermonters must continue to stay at home. The latest coronavirus developments in Vermont: ___ PRISONS An...

Peter Clark, mechanical engineer at Omega Optical in Brattleboro, Vt., works on optical filter produced in one of Omega's High Volume Production machines on Monday, April 6, 2020. These coating machines are in 24-hours/seven-days-a-week production to recreate fluorescence filters used in COVID-19 testing. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

3 workers infected at prison; foreign ski workers stranded

Apr. 7, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

One inmate at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton is being monitored with symptoms of COVID-19, and the prison is under a complete lockdown after three staff members tested positive for the illness, the Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Meanwhile, some foreign seasonal workers at Jay Peak...

Artist appointed as Vermont's fourth cartoonist laureate

Apr. 6, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

WEST TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont artist who has worked on famed cartoon characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been appointed as the state's fourth cartoonist laureate. Rick Veitch, 68, of West Townshend, was appointed as Vermont's cartoonist laureate during a live stream event Thursday,...

People get some exercise on a sunny day at the West River Trail, in Brattleboro Vt., as they try to keep some distance during the COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont governor predicts bleak time, but there is hope

Apr. 6, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

Vermonters need to prepare for what could be a bleak time over the next several weeks as the state continues its efforts to control the outbreak of COVID-19, but there are glimmers of hope, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday. Scott reiterated that Vermonters need to stay home and stay isolated from others as most...

Vermont preparing for opening of 2020 trout season

Apr. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state’s upcoming trout season is a way to get outdoors safely during the time of COVID-19, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says. The opening of trout season this year is April 11. Experts say that despite snow cover in areas anglers can still have fun and catch...

People get some exercise on a sunny day at the West River Trail, in Brattleboro Vt., as they try to keep some distance during the COVID-19 outbreak on Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont preparing for COVID-19 peak, late April early May

Apr. 2, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is planning for a peak of COVID-19 patients at the end of April or early May and planners are working to ensure there are enough medical resources to deal with the people who become ill and need medical care, officials said. There are indications the state's...

Large retailers stop in-person sales of nonessential items

Apr. 1, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

Gov. Phil Scott asked Vermont residents Wednesday to be ready to volunteer and help the state continue its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott had issued an appeal the night before for volunteers in fields as varied as child care, grocery workers or in the medical profession. “While I know you are...

Licenses allowed for out-of-state, retired health workers

Mar. 31, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

A look at developments related to the coronavirus outbreak in Vermont: HEALTH CARE WORKERS Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that will allow licensed out-of-state health care workers, including mental health professionals, to be licensed to work in Vermont, and retired Vermont health and mental health care...

Vermont AG says non-fatal police shooting was justified

Mar. 31, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A non-fatal officer involved shooting in December was justified, the Vermont Attorney General's office said Tuesday. Attorney General T.J. Donovan said that after reviewing the evidence his office declined to prosecute Vermont State Police troopers Robert Helm and Matthew Hood for...