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Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Vermont

Oct. 27, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed a human case of West Nile virus for the first time since 2017, the department said Wednesday. The Chittenden County resident was diagnosed earlier this month with a more serious form of the illness...

Vermont to utilize unused mental health beds at VA hospital

Oct. 27, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is going to be utilizing unused mental health beds at the White River Junction veterans hospital to help alleviate strain in the state mental health system, the state announced Wednesday. The agreement with the Department of...

Vermont extends school mask suggestion until January

Oct. 27, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education is extending until January a recommendation that schools require students to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Education Secretary Daniel French said Tuesday the goal of extending the program is to...

Burlington works to close encampment, relocate campers

Oct. 26, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington took steps on Tuesday to close a south end homeless encampment as officials worked to find new places for the residents to live. Advocates for people experiencing homelessness had attempted to stop the eviction of the people...

Gov. Scott won't reimpose state of emergency, mask mandate

Oct. 26, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday he wouldn't reimpose a state of emergency that would authorize him to put a statewide mask mandate back in place as the delta variant has driven an increase in COVID-19 cases. Speaking at the weekly briefing...

1 dead in Rutland County crash

Oct. 26, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

WEST HAVEN, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are investigating a crash that killed a driver in Rutland County on Tuesday morning. The driver was attempting to pass a tractor trailer on Vermont Route 22A in West Haven when the car hit a utility pole and then another...

Some lawmakers, school nurses, urge governor to do more

Oct. 25, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Some lawmakers, school nurses, and other medical professionals urged Gov. Phil Scott on Monday to reinstate a state of emergency and indoor mask mandate as they say school staff, parents, hospitals and health care workers are stressed, some to their breaking point. They...

Grant to expand stress-related services for Vermont farmers

Oct. 25, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A federal grant will help to expand stress-related and mental health services for Vermont farmers, the state agency of agriculture said. The $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will help to build on the programs of the Farm and Ranch...

Morristown Police: Pedestrian dies in crash on Vermont 15

Oct. 25, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

MORRISTOWN, Vt. (AP) — Morristown police are investigating a midnight crash that led to the death of a pedestrian on Vermont Route 15. The crash was reported Sunday three minutes before midnight just east of the Morristown-Hyde Park line. Police...

Traffic delays expected during roundabout construction

Oct. 25, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Drivers are advised to avoid construction of a new roundabout at a busy Burlington intersection starting Monday. Traffic delays are expected along Shelburne Street between Flynn Avenue and Howard Street, WCAX-TV reported. ...