State may require flu shots for students

The Vermont Department of Health may require that school-age children get a flu shot.  Commissioner Mark Levine said he was “absolutely” considering mandating the vaccine and would announce a decision within weeks, according to an interview on VPR’s Vermont Edition.  Last week, Massachusetts became the first state to require flu shots for its students. All kids over the age of six months who attend child care, pre-school, elementary school, high school or college must get the vaccine by Dec. 31, public heal … (read more)

Hospital network cuts some positions; Porter spared

Doctors’ vacation and retirement benefits are being cut while other workers are being furloughed, as the University of Vermont Health Network cuts costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of July 1, 900 doctors across the network’s six hospitals … (read more)

Urgent care centers champion antibody tests, as state officials urge caution

Charles Keating thought he might have had Covid-19 in March. His mother-in-law tested positive for the virus around that time, and soon afterward, he lost his sense of taste and smell. In early June, the 34-year-old Bolton resident got confirmation that h … (read more)

UVM Health Network projects $152 million loss

The University of Vermont Health Network expects to lose $152 million this fiscal year because of the coronavirus crisis.  Porter Medical Center in Middlebury is a member of the network. The UVM Health Network outlined a series of steps to fill the gap Fr … (read more)

Government, institutions prep for coronavirus

VERMONT — “It’s only a matter of time” before the coronavirus arrives in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott said on Thursday. When that time comes, state officials said at a press conference that day, they plan to be ready. State agencies on Thursday rolled out pre … (read more)