If the state vaccinates enough adults before new variants take hold, Vermonters could revert to pre-pandemic activities in a few months. Experts say the new normal will likely include masking in public in the near term.
In a two-part audio special, Vermonters talk about responding to — and surviving — the first year of the Covid-19 crisis.
‘Asking for support is really hard. You get criticized, stigmatized, blamed, othered, put into a box, you feel less worthy, you go through a lot of paperwork, a lot of rigmarole. We wanted to take that out.’
Cara Sachs, a Burlington business owner, says while the pandemic has posed a serious threat to people with disabilities, more people now understand what it’s like to live in isolation.
First-grader Olivia Johnson is excelling in the digital classroom but misses her friends and social activities.
Erin Kelly’s time at the University of Vermont felt like a homecoming, but pandemic challenges have forced her to consider a move away from the community she’s become a part of.
A generation of young children are learning how to socialize and ‘social distance’ at the same time.
“There’s a time when we are all sick, but we couldn’t do anything about it. We were just drinking home remedies, you know, those drinks from Africa that we know about, to try to see if that would help.”
All but one of the facility’s 32 residents ultimately came down with the virus, as did more than a third of the staff, Partlow said. The facility went into lockdown. The facility was so short-staffed, the Health Department gave sick staff members permission to work. One resident, who had underlying health conditions, died.
Without in-person services, families don’t get the closure that funeral directors try to provide.