COVID-19

Staff Writer

Vermont setting up three overflow medical facilities
The Vermont National Guard is helping to set up three overflow medical facilities as the state prepares for an increase in patients due to the new coronavirus. The facilities will be at Gutterson Fieldhouse at the University of Vermont, the Barre Municipal Auditorium and Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center in St. Albans, the Guard said Tuesday. The sites will be for the least sick who can be moved out of hospitals safely.
As of Monday, the Vermont Health Department was reporting a total of 75 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and five deaths, four of which were related to a Burlington care facility.
Vermonters should prepare for more restrictions to help stem the pandemic that is sweeping the state and the world, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
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PRISON EMPLOYEE
An employee at the Newport prison has tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Corrections said.
The employee, who was last at work on March 17, did not have contact with inmates at the Northern State Correctional Facility and no inmates have tested positive for the disease, the department said Monday. Prison staff cleaned the area where the employee worked and increased messaging to remaining staff and inmates about hand-washing and hygiene.
As of Monday, the Vermont Health Department was reporting a total of 75 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state and five deaths, four of which were related to a Burlington care facility.
Vermonters should prepare for more restrictions to help stem the pandemic that is sweeping the state and the world, Gov. Phil Scott said Monday.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
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NEWSPAPERS
Seven Days in Burlington has laid off seven people due to a drop in advertising caused by the coronavirus, the weekly newspaper reported. One person was laid off from each department, publisher and co-founder Paula Routly said on Monday, adding that she hoped to rehire those workers in 10 weeks.
The Rutland Herald and Times Argus announced on Saturday that they had to temporarily cut back operations and lay off staff because of the loss of advertising due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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