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

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Your local guide to the global outbreak.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Molly Gray concluded a tour of Lamoille County last week with a visit with Stowe restaurateur Mark Frier and a call for more federal funds to assist restaurants still recovering from losses suffered during the state’s pandemic lockdown.

Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Friday that the U.S. Treasury Department will now release American Rescue Plan Act funding to municipalities after it was originally designated to flow through Vermont’s 14 counties.

As of Tuesday, South Burlington city officials began encouraging all city staff and visitors to city hall and the library to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you, Deb Billado, for alerting us that the Vermont Republican Party, in its unanimous opposition to vaccine passports, courageously stands behind the right of unvaccinated people to spread COVID to their fellow citizens without warning them they may be doing so.

In response to the comments on vaccine passports, if we ignore the fact that 23 percent of the adult population in Vermont has not been fully vaccinated as of July 23 — and there are no statistics about inoculations administered to children 16 and younger — and if we also ignore the vaccination status of visitors from other states to our Statehouse, we are introducing a threat to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens who represent us in the Vermont Legislature.

Seemingly every industry is finding it hard to attract new employees and that rings true for the folks responsible for handling the garbage created by everyone else.

After a 16-month hiatus due to the pandemic, Amtrak this week resumed train service throughout Vermont, including stops at Waterbury’s historic train station.

On Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be free COVID-19 vaccinations at the Johnson SkatePark, hosted by Newport Ambulance.

“There’s somebody out there that this job would work for.” That’s the message Tracey Rogalski, human resources representative for Lamoille Valley Transportation, is desperately looking to get out this summer before kids return to school this fall.

Stowe Cider’s attempt to shift a zoning regulation around its garden space and indoor area to allow live music hit a roadblock after a nearby resident’s complaint left them in limbo.

World Health News

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Dr. Jorge Rodriguez, an internal medicine specialist and viral researcher, criticizes GOP governors Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis for banning mask mandates in schools, calling it the "wrong thing to do" as coronavirus case counts rise in the US.

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With the pace of inoculations slowing, Austin, Texas, is scrambling to get more shots in arms, dedicating personnel at sites across the city -- vet clinics, churches, rec centers, construction sites, homeless shelters -- just to vaccinate 10, 15 or 20 people at a time. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

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Jessica DuPreez talks with John Berman about her 39-year-old fiancé who died from Covid-19. She discusses why they didn't get vaccinated, and how she thinks the shot could have saved the father of her kids.

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With new cases of Covid-19 surging in most of the US — driven by unvaccinated Americans and fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant — hospitals are bracing for another round of devastation.

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