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Covid-19 Roundup: 1 new case, no deaths; More businesses can open soon

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Vermont National Guard soldiers packaged and distributed an estimated 55,000 meals during a food assistance event in Berlin on Friday. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

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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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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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