Safety and security problems in Vermont courthouses that pre-dated the pandemic have grown even more acute in the last year and a half.
A surge driven by the delta variant is receding in the United States, but officials and experts say that increased transmission during the coming colder months remains a threat and that steady rates of vaccination are key to keeping the coronavirus at bay.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that about 56% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. Providers are administering an average of about 949,000 doses per day, including first, second and additional doses, far below the April peak but higher than the recent Sept. 28 low point of about 625,000, according to a New York Times database.
Surveys from the Kaiser Family Foundation show that vaccine support has been rising out of fear of the delta variant: Almost 40% of newly inoculated respondents said they had sought the vaccines because of the rise in cases, and more than a third said they had become alarmed by overcrowding in local hospitals and rising death rates.
The number of people eligible for vaccinations could also soon increase substantially: Pfizer and BioNTech asked federal regulators Thursday to authorize emergency use of their coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a move that could help protect more than 28 million people in the United States.
The companies say they are submitting data supporting the change to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency has promised to move quickly on the request and has tentatively scheduled a meeting Oct. 26 to consider it. An FDA ruling is expected as early as the end of this month.
Rupali Limaye, a behavior scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who studies vaccine hesitancy, said that parents’ getting their children aged 5 to 11 vaccinated would be a “huge game changer” because they represent a large proportion of population.
Vaccine mandates have also been taking effect recently, with federal workers and contractors, teachers, health care providers and others compelled to get immunized or risk losing their jobs. Such a requirement for New York teachers spurred thousands of last-minute vaccinations. Tyson Foods reported a 91% vaccination rate ahead of a November deadline, compared with less than half before its mandate was announced in August.
President Joe Biden appealed Thursday for more companies to mandate COVID vaccinations for employees, asking them to take initiative because an effort that he announced last month to require 80 million American workers to get the shot undergoes a rule-making process and may not go into effect for weeks.
A report released by the White House on Thursday sought to show how vaccine mandates had helped persuade more people to receive their shots: Seventy-eight percent of eligible adults have had at least a first dose.
As the country nears colder temperatures that will push many indoors, Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, an infectious disease expert at Stanford, said that the next few months would be critical, but that the combination of increased vaccinations and natural immunity from infections could prevent another catastrophic wave like the one that struck last year.
“Most of us don’t think we’re going to see the terrible surge we saw last winter,” she said. “That was horrific. I hope we never have to live through something like that again.”
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
BENNINGTON — While Bennington County’s incidence of new COVID-19 cases remains elevated, new cases in other parts of the state grow even faster, especially among younger Vermonters.
There have been 147 cases of COVID-19 in Vermont over the past week, raising the cumulative total to 24,676. The weekly count is up sharply from the previous week, when there were 84 new cases reported.
BENNINGTON — Bennington County remains at “substantial” risk of transmission of COVID-19, indicating that masks should be work indoors, regardless of vaccination status, under U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
BENNINGTON — Vermont reported 107 more cases of COVID-19 on Friday and has seen its seven-day test positivity rate increase by 0.6 percent, according to figures released by the state Department of Health on Friday.
So many of us have put off vacations over the past year and a half, and many are itching to get on the road. While the travel restrictions in place by governments earlier in the pandemic have been discontinued, it makes sense to be cautious in many circumstances.
The best protection against the new, more transmissible strain of the coronavirus remains vaccination, Vermont officials said this week.
There has been extensive media attention over the past week devoted to mixing of COVID-19 vaccines and booster injections. As expected, those individuals in test trials that received a mix of vaccine types or additional shots have shown no adverse events. The vaccines are safe and interchang…
There were five new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont on Thursday, three in Chittenden County and one each in Bennington and Orleans counties. The state’s cumulative total has risen by 33 cases in the past week, to 24,445.
There were two new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont on Thursday, in Addison and Lamoille counties. The state’s cumulative total has risen by 20 cases in the past week, to 24,412.
While Vermont enjoys an 80 percent vaccination rate and very few cases of COVID-19 compared to earlier this year, the Delta variant, known also as B1.617.2, which was first identified in India, is showing up all over Europe. For instance, 59.5 percent of eligible people in the United Kingdom…
There were six new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont on Friday. Chittenden and Windsor counties had two each, while Bennington and Windham counties each had one. The state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic is now 24,392.
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There were eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont on Wednesday. Three were in Windham County, two each in Bennington and Chittenden counties, and one in Windsor County. The state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic is now 24,379.
After several days in the low risk category, Bennington County is once again rated as medium risk for COVID-19 transmission, with the average number of daily new cases per 100,000 residents for the past two weeks rising to 1.2, the nonprofit Covid ActNow reported Thursday. An infection rate …
Caledonia, Rutland, Windsor and Windham counties are the only counties in Vermont still rated at medium risk for COVID-19 transmission by the nonprofit Covid Act Now. The rest of the state, including Bennington County, is in the low-risk category.
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BENNINGTON — Meghan Gunn, MD, chair of pediatrics at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, will offer insights about COVID-19 vaccines for children on Wednesday’s episode of “Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson.”
The Community College of Vermont will not be requiring most of its students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 this fall, but it will be encouraging students and staff to get vaccinated.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation on Thursday issued a reminder that federal mask requirements remain in place across all transportation networks, including buses, trains, and commercial aircraft.
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There were eight new cases of COVID-19 reported in Vermont on Tuesday. Caledonia County had three, Chittenden County had two, and Addison, Rutland and Windsor Counties each had one. The state’s cumulative total since the start of the pandemic is now 24,339.
The big news on Monday was Gov. Phil Scott’s announcement that more than 80 percent of eligible Vermonters have received at least one dose of vaccine for COVID-19.
The Department of Health announced Friday afternoon that the state’s vaccination rate has hit 79.8, putting Vermont on the verge of lifting all remaining coronavirus restrictions. According to the state, an additional 1,367 Vermonters must get their first doses to hit the 80-percent mark.
BENNINGTON — Plastics are on track to contribute more climate change emissions than coal plants by 2030, a new report from a nationwide initiative at Bennington College concludes.
BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union School District board members got an earful Wednesday night from advocates on both sides of the debate over whether an artificial turf or upgraded natural grass field is best for a proposed Spinelli field upgrade and makeover.
BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony middle and high schools still have work to do to reach the state-mandated 80 percent vaccination mark that would allow the student body to remove its masks inside both school buildings.
Assistant Attorney General Linda Purdy vowed Thursday to vigorously pursue justice in the decades-old Leonard Forte case and the adjudication of newer obstruction charges against the Florida resident.
TOWNSHEND — Town officials have released a public statement condemning hate symbols following the appearance of a Nazi flag at a home on Route 30.
BENNINGTON — Which of 16 names will grace the snowplow Mike Pierce operates for the Vermont Agency of Transportation?
BENNINGTON — A community solar array mounted on the roof of the Vermont Mill Properties complex is now producing power to benefit its commercial and residential subscribers, the developer announced, hosting power for people as far east as Brattleboro and as far north as Poultney and Winhall.
A retired investigator accused of sexual assault against a 12-year-old girl in 1987 was arrested in Hendry County, Florida, on charges of fraud and impersonation relating to a forged medical letter presented at a Vermont hearing in 2019.