Over the past six weeks, all of our lives have fundamentally changed. Schools and parks are empty. Most businesses are closed. Unemployment claims in Vermont are 10 times what they were during the Great Recession.
Through it all, VTDigger has been there for you, reporting on the Covid-19 crisis 24/7, with timely news, critical data resources and comprehensive analyses to help you navigate the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We have examined the unemployment insurance backlog, the state’s testing and contact tracing capacity, and the ethics of how doctors choose who gets treated in the event of equipment shortages. In addition, we have published:
- A searchable FAQ database with guidelines for filing unemployment claims, surviving quarantine, and getting tested for the coronavirus.
- A new business directory with listings of essential businesses such as pharmacies, hardware and grocery stores, as well as restaurants and shops offering curbside or delivery services and special hours for seniors.
In this time of great uncertainty, you can depend on us to tell you the truth — and hold our leaders accountable for how they’re managing the crisis.
But we need your help, too. With local businesses closed, we continue to lose critical underwriting revenue from local companies. Many of our friends in the business community can’t support us right now. Can we count on you?
For the next nine days, when you become a member of VTDigger at any level, we will send a cloth mask to an area hospital. VTDigger, in partnership with Vermont Glove, is donating one cloth mask for each new member. We are delivering the masks to hospitals as soon as possible.
We have sent 1,850 so far and hope to send a total of 3,000 masks by April 30.
Your support will help enable VTDigger to inform Vermonters at this critical time and help us all weather this pandemic stronger and more united than ever.
Founder and Editor, VTDigger
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