This page contains all of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group’s coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months through 5 years of age, paving the way for vaccinating the youngest Vermonters later this month.

Vermont utilities are reminding customers that help is available for those struggling to pay existing and past bills. Vermonters financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for two grant programs for renters and homeowners to help with overdue utility bills. Customers may be eligible for tens of thousands of dollars through these programs, and should apply now before money runs out:

Wendy was one of several speakers last week at an event at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe who shared stories of homelessness and housing insecurity, stories as diverse as the people telling them.

Hospitals, understaffed and reeling from one long shift that seems to have lasted years, began to fill again. As they reached out for help to fill holes in staffing, the cost to hire a traveling nurse skyrocketed.

The town of Stowe will use its $1.3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay for normal town operations, rather than give it back to taxpayers, donate some for a homeless shelter or save it for a rainy day.

Vermont Everyone Eats, the COVID-19 recovery program that provided Vermonters affected by the pandemic with restaurant-made meals using local ingredients, will continue through July 1.

World Health News

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Fourth of July celebrations often include festive picnics and dazzling fireworks, but these holiday pyrotechnics are causing a growing number of injuries and deaths.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- New York City's Mayor Eric Adams announced Thursday that the city has launched the first-of-their-kind mobile COVID-19 testing units that will also dispense the antiviral drug Paxlovid to those who test positive for the virus.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-third of ground chicken may contain dangerous Salmonella, a new Consumer Reports investigation shows. Based on its findings, the group called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to redouble its efforts to protect consumers from this bacteria, which can cause serious illness.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Fallout is mounting for the food delivery service Daily Harvest, which has voluntarily recalled a frozen food product suspected of sickening hundreds of customers in at least 26 states.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Hinting at a future alternative to opioid painkillers, scientists have developed a tiny implant designed to ease post-surgery pain and then dissolve once the job is done.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The natural gas being piped into your home contains a wide array of toxic chemicals, including nearly two dozen so harmful they're classified as hazardous air pollutants, a new study says.

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FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The availability of vaccine providers increases COVID-19 vaccine coverage among children aged 5 to 11 years, according to research published in the July 1 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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