Vt. is changing how it tracks COVID-19 in the state’s wastewater

Bob Fischer, water quality superintendent for South Burlington, remembers when researchers first realized that they could track the health of a population through its sewer system decades ago. 

Program for free COVID tests revived

Set to take place ahead of a possible winter surge, the program offers Americans free coronavirus tests sent through the mail.

COVID-19 flares up at Helen Porter nursing home

The nursing home confirmed that 21 of its residents tested positive for COVID-19, and the facility has reinstituted its visitor/staff masking requirement.

COVID case counts and hospitalizations very low in county

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 haven’t been this low since May of 2022.

Porter Hospital rolling back COVID masking policy

Visitors to most units of three UVM Health Network hospitals in Vermont will not not have to wear masks starting Wednesday.

Top Ten 2022: Living with COVID

After a bad winter, we mostly learned to live with COVID over the course of the year and for most of us it became more of a constant drone in the background rather than a pounding drumbeat in our face.

Vt. receives funds to help defray COVID testing costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $13.2 million to the State of Vermont to reimburse it for the cost of testing both the public and government employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

College and town leaders gather to discuss getting through pandemic

At a special town-gown dinner hosted at Atwater Dining Hall on Oct. 21 by Middlebury College President Laurie Patton, more than 100 area residents, members of the Middlebury College board of trustees and various members of the administration were on hand … (read more)

Bivalent vaccine numbers are lagging

About 26,000 Vermonters have gotten the Omicron booster, putting the state on a slower pace than previous booster campaigns, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Faith Gong: We all fall down

“Mommy, what do two lines mean?” my nine-year-old daughter called across the kitchen. And just like that, the Bad Thing entered our house

Omicron boosters are coming

A new COVID-19 vaccine booster targeted at Omicron strains, called the bivalent vaccine, is coming to Vermont this week, according to the state Department of Health.

Guest editorial: Vermont has found new tools to make COVID disappear

Right now, the distressing reality faced by these vulnerable Vermonters is that public policy no longer has their backs — instead, public policy has pushed them further into the shadows where they cannot be seen or heard.

COVID won’t mute this opera production

Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Orphée aux enfers” is full of irreverent chatter and absurd story turns, but the cast and crew who are readying to stage the 19th century work are dealing with a plot twist that didn’t come with the script.

Editorial: COVID’s back: Should masking be too?

ANGELO LYNN In the movie this winter, “Don’t Look Up,” a huge comet is approaching Earth on a trajectory that’s sure to cause cataclysmic destruction upon impact. The president, however, chooses to tell her supporters not to believe the scientists who are … (read more)

Three ACSD schools see COVID surge

Addison Central School District officials are urging vigilance and voluntary compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols — rather than mandatory masking and other restrictions — in the wake of recent, major coronavirus case spikes at three of the district’s … (read more)