In the coming weeks, Pfizer and BioNTech could be the first Covid-19 vaccines available to kids under age 12. Whether they become required for school children is another story.
About 543 households are slated to lose their rooms Thursday, according to Vermont Legal Aid.
Late last week, the state Department of Health also released new information about a technological problem that resulted in artificially high case counts.
About 75 people assembled in Montpelier to listen as speakers took turns reading the names of those who had died from the virus. One daisy for each of the victims was arranged into two wreaths while the names were recited.
The impact of a computer glitch that delayed test results from getting added to the data remains unclear.
Although the mandate applies primarily to large private-sector employers, Vermont is among 26 states who have prior agreements with the federal government that requires them to adopt and enforce all federal OSHA standards.
It was not immediately clear Friday how many of the cases could be attributed to a computer glitch that appears to have inflated Thursday’s numbers.
Amid a rise in cases, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray on Thursday called on the Scott administration to take “greater measures” to dampen the spread of Covid-19.
Vermont’s previous one-day record was set on March 31, when the Department of Health reported 266 cases.
Schools are one of the few community institutions almost all families are still connected to during this pandemic, and they have often become the object of criticism and second-guessing.
Even as schools report more Covid cases, officials hope that the overall case rate in the state has stabilized or begun to decline.
Vermont is relying on schools to coordinate and administer the effort on the ground. And while more than 90% of all districts have signed up to eventually participate, many school leaders, who are also responsible for contact tracing within their buildings, report being too thinly staffed to carry out the effort anytime soon.
The state had set a recent record for daily new infections on Saturday with 222 cases, and hospitalizations have reached recent highs for two consecutive days.
The Department of Health also reported 111 new cases and released weekly data on schools and long-term care facilities.