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On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott extended Vermont’s two-month-old state of emergency to June 15, but said if Covid-19 infection rates continue to stay very low, outdoor dining, close-contact businesses like salons, and other indoor businesses would be open by June 1. See VTDigger’s story
The Vermont Foodbank estimated that 1,900 cars showed up to receive boxes of food at the state airport in Berlin on Friday — so many that some were turned away. “Vermonters are hurting,” National Guard leader Brig. Gen. Greg Knight said. See VTDigger’s story
A judge ordered a Rutland gym to cease in-person and indoor operations Friday after Attorney General TJ Donovan filed the state’s first lawsuit enforcing Gov. Phil Scott’s executive order in response to the global Covid-19 outbreak. See VTDigger’s story
In a vote of 141-1, the House passed a budget adjustment bill to address the nearly $200 million gap in the state’s current general fund budget caused by Covid-19. See VTDigger’s story
Testing of inmates and staff at the women’s prison in South Burlington following a positive test of one staff member has yielded no additional positive test results. However, questions are being raised about the process the state is using to decide when it will test prisoners. See VTDigger’s story
The state received 200 doses this week of remdesivir, the first drug to show promise in treating Covid-19 patients — that’s enough to treat 18-33 hospitalized patients — a second shipment from the federal government is on its way. See VTDigger’s story
A local photographer is raising money for homeless shelters by taking family portraits of Vermonters on their porches. So far, Paul Richard has raised almost $4,000 taking “porch-traits.” See The Bright Side in VTDigger
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Columns & Commentaries
- State to receive $55 million for Covid-19 testing efforts (May 15, 6:06 pm)
- ACCD issues new guidance on travel across state borders (May 15, 5:42 pm)
- Health department reports 1 new Covid-19 case Friday, no new deaths (May 15, 5:13 pm)
- School budget revoting was just one idea from brainstorming session, Scott says (May 15, 4:15 pm)
- Boy Scout camps canceled for the summer (May 15, 2:17 pm)
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