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COVID-19 Roundup: 2nd outbreak in Burlington; all hands on deck at DOL

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The 321 cases of the coronavirus in Vermont and 16 deaths reported by the Vermont Department of Health — an increase of 28 new cases and two additional deaths — are consistent with recent models that show the spread of coronavirus appears to be slowing here. The Scott administration will be discussing its own public health modeling at a press briefing on Thursday. See VTDigger’s story

“We’re using an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Michael Harrington, the interim commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor, of the deluge of unemployment claims filed in the last couple of weeks. People who have filed will start receiving their weekly $600 supplement from the federal government after they receive their first unemployment check next week. See VTDigger’s story

Birchwood Terrace Rehabilitation and Healthcare reported Wednesday that seven of its residents had tested positive for COVID-19, making it the third senior facility in Chittenden County with an outbreak of the facility. See VTDigger’s story

Dr. Jan Carney, the associate dean for public health at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, discusses how she’s tracking the spread of the coronavirus, why she believes the science behind social distancing is sound, and why it’s too soon to tell when Vermont will be out of the woods. See VTDigger’s Q&A

The Senate Finance Committee heard from educators that the state’s schools are doing the best they can to provide students with remote learning with faulty infrastructure that is faulty. The result is an inequitable education for students who don’t have access to broadband or computers. See VTDigger’s story

Meals on Wheels has seen a sharp increase in demand in northwestern Vermont. AgeWell, the organization that operates Meals on Wheels in Chittenden, Addison, Grand Isle and Franklin counties, is distributing just over 1,000 meals a day. See VTDigger’s story

VTDigger is teaming up with Vermont Glove on a campaign to donate 3,000 masks to area hospitals in 30 days. VTDigger and Vermont Glove will donate one mask for every reader who becomes a VTDigger member at any level in the next 30 days. Join us!

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Cate Chant

About Cate

Cate Chant is a news editor at VTDigger. Her professional life has included various aspects of publishing, including graphic arts, writing and editing. She has lived off and on in Vermont; her latest return was in 2002 after 11 years in western Massachusetts. She had her start in journalism as a reporter at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, Mass., and was a copy editor there for many years. She was a western Massachusetts stringer for The Boston Globe for 4½ years. Most recently, she was a copy editor for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. She has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in East Montpelier with her husband, Steve Belitsos, and their twins, Luke and Libby.

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