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Coronavirus Pandemic – GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY TO JUNE 15 as DATA-DRIVEN RESTART CONTINUES

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Scott today signed Addendum 14, a Be Smart, Stay Safe order to extend the State of Emergency to June 15 and update previous emergency orders to reflect re-openings and eased restrictions announced in recent weeks. State data and modeling indicate the spread of COVID-19 continues to slow and Vermont now has one of the lowest 3-day…
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Coronavirus Pandemic – Vermonters Without COVID-19 Symptoms Can Get Tested at Pop-Up Sites

VT STRONG news - Vermont Department of Health reports BURLINGTON, VT – State health officials announced that Vermonters who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for the virus at one of the pop-up testing sites around the state. Eleven sites are currently scheduled to collect specimens from asymptomatic Vermonters, health care workers, first responders (EMS, fire, and law enforcement), child care providers…
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Coronavirus Pandemic – GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES RE-OPENING OF SOME OUTDOOR RECREATION AND LIMITED SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN LATEST RESTART PHASE

VT Strong news - Montpilier, VT: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Scott today announced that outdoor recreation and limited social interactions may resume under strict health and safety precautions, as state modeling continues to indicate a slow in the spread of COVID-19. While the Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, if able to comply with outlined safety measures, the Governor’s latest order allows the following social activities…
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – Opioid Deaths Down from 130 in 2018 to 111 in 2019.

VT Strong news - VT Department of Health reports BURLINGTON, VT – Opioid-related fatalities in Vermont have decreased for the first time since 2014. Newly released data from the Department of Health show a 15% decline in the number of deaths attributed to opioid misuse — down from 130 in 2018 to 111 in 2019. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said the news was welcome, but still…
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COVIS-19 Pandemic – GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES ENHANCED TESTING AND CONTACT TRACING PROGRAMS

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration today announced the state is significantly increasing and strengthening its testing and contact tracing programs in order to quickly identify, contain and suppress outbreaks of COVID-19. In mid-April, the Governor began taking steps to restart Vermont’s economy under several guiding principles, including a goal to increase testing and…
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COVID-19 Pandemic Vermont National Guard Food Distribution Update

VT STRONG news - Vermont Food Bank reports UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE, DATES HAVE CHANGED FOR THE REMAINING MRE DISTRIBUTIONS. SEE BELOW FOR UPDATED SCHEDULES. The Vermont Foodbank is working with FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Vermont National Guard to distribute MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) at sites around Vermont through May 1. Anyone in need of food is welcome and can receive a seven-day supply of Meals…
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Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster – NEW ORDER FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT CONTINUES PHASED RE-OPENING; EXPANDS HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES, INCLUDING MANDATORY TRAINING

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Gov reports Governor Phil Scott today outlined some additional openings as part of the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, introduced last week. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, but with modeling continuing to indicate Vermonters are significantly slowing the spread of the virus, the Administration is taking a cautious, incremental and evidence-based approach to putting Vermonters back…
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Tele-Town Hall Update On The Coronavirus In Vermont

VT STRONG news - Vermont. WATCH video. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hosted the third Vermont Congressional Delegation tele-town hall on Thursday, at 5 , to provide an update on the coronavirus response and take questions from Vermonters. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Governor Phil Scott (R) participated, along with experts from around the state. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC EMERGENCY – GOV BANS AMTRAK SERVICE TO PREVENT DISEASE SPREAD

VT STRONG news - Waterbury, VT: Vermont Emergency Management report Governor Phil Scott has taken action to encourage compliance with newly released CDC guidance around interstate travel from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which advised residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days. In light of the significant risk posed by the further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – UNIV OF VERMONT INNOVATION TEAM INVENTS EMERGENCY VENTILATOR

VT STRONG news - Burlington, VT: University of Vermont reports A commercial ventilator can have 1500 parts supplied from more than a dozen countries. UVM engineer Carl Silver built the first prototype of an emergency ventilator in one day with parts he found in his house and UVM’s IMF Lab. He’s part of a Vermont team seeking emergency review from the FDA to make the…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – GOVERNOR SCOTT CALLS ON VERMONTERS TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RESPONSE

VT STRONG NEWS - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Scott is calling all Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19:  This website directs those with medical and healthcare skills to the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and those with other needed skills to a…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – VT restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont, Resorts Closed, Schools Closed

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Gov reports GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ISSUES ORDER ON TRAVEL AND LODGING RESTRICTIONS TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” ORDER AND NEW CDC GUIDANCE. Governor Phil Scott today ordered additional restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and announced additional guidance for the lodging industry to enhance compliance with his Stay Home, Stay Safe ; The measures under…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – SOCIAL DISTANCING. VERMONT SETS SAFE NATIONAL STANDARD AS SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

VT STRONG news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports TRANSCRIPT: GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT MARCH 27 ADDRESS ON SCHOOL DISMISSAL Montpelier, Vt. - At a press conference Friday, Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration provided an update on the Governor’s directive to dismiss schools for in-person instruction for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year. “The education of our kids, along with the bonding and…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ISSUES A “STAY HOME, STAY SAFE” ORDER, DIRECTS ADDITIONAL CLOSURES

VT Strong news - Montpelier, VT: Office of the Governor reports Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of this virus and protect the public. These actions were implemented in consultation with…
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