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1 case at nursing home; lacrosse tournament canceled

Jul. 8, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A new resident under quarantine at a Burlington nursing home has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Tuesday that the person was under a quarantine for new admissions at Elderwood. “We should actually...

Vermont announces mandatory guidance for colleges to reopen

Jul. 7, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

Vermont announced Tuesday mandatory guidance and health protocols for colleges and universities to follow — including a health safety contract for staff and students to sign — as they reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance, developed by a task force, includes initial quarantines for...

Burlington residents encouraged to make noise Friday evening

Jul. 3, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

With Burlington’s traditional July 3 fireworks over Lake Champlain cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s mayor encouraged residents to make noise Friday evening. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan for residents to “make noise” from their own homes at 7:30 p.m....

Vermont reports 9 new cases, no new deaths

Jul. 3, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health reported nine new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, for a total of 1,236 cases to date. The total number of deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, has remained at 56 since June 18. On Friday, one person was hospitalized...

Vermont governor allows vote-by-mail bill to become law

Jul. 2, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Thursday he's allowing a bill to allow mail in voting during the November presidential to become law without his signature. In a letter to members of the Vermont Legislature, Scott said there appeared to be a technical problem with the law that creates an ambiguity in how the...

Vermont city council backs 30% police cut through attrition

Jun. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont's largest city has approved a resolution backing the reduction of the police force by 30% through attrition amid calls in Burlington and nationwide for racial justice and to defund police. The Burlington City Council approved the Racial Justice Resolution...

Vermont Gov. Scott thanks lawmakers for passing virus money

Jun. 29, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott thanked the Legislature on Monday for its hard work in appropriating around $576 million in spending to help the state confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at his regular Monday briefing, the governor said his office has not received officially the spending Legislation yet, but his...

Burlington City Council to vote on budget with police cuts

Jun. 29, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city council in Vermont’s largest city is expected to vote on the mayor’s proposed budget that includes a cut of about 9% to the police department. Some activists were calling for even deeper cuts amid outrage over racial injustice and police brutality across the...

Symphony picks opera director as new executive director

Jun. 28, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has named the managing director of an opera company in South Africa as its new executive director. Elise Brunelle takes over for Ben Cadwallader, who stepped down in February to take a similar post with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra...

Vermont expands no-quarantine options for some visitors

Jun. 26, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

Vermont is expanding the area from where people can visit the state without quarantining to dozens of more low-COVID-19 counties as far away as Ohio and West Virginia, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday. The goal of the expanded program that begins July 1 is to make it possible for more people to visit Vermont easily...