Here you'll find our latest collection of Caledonian-Record reports on the coronavirus outbreak and local response, from the beginning of April. Our January, February and March stories are here: https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/our-coronavirus-coverage/collection_5885178c-692e-11ea-ba07-b775f5139ff9.html

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Almost as soon as the Coronavirus pandemic reality hit, the staff at the Northern Counties Health Care’s (NCHC) St. Johnsbury Community Health Care Center on Sherman Drive wanted to find a way to keep primary care patients and the care for potentially virus-infected patients separate

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LITTLETON — The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a big question mark on the pool and summer programs for the Littleton Parks and Recreation Department, even if the shutdown and social distancing guidelines begin to ease up in a few weeks.

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MONTPELIER — On March 20 — a full month before Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Chancellor Jeb Spaulding planned to make a recommendation to close down Northern Vermont University (NVU) and the Randolph campus of the Vermont Technical College, he wrote an urgent letter to Gov. Phil Scott about how the Coronavirus pandemic was bearing down on the already troubled finances of the state college system.

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MONTPELIER — Eleven days after proposing to close Northern Vermont University (NVU) and the Randolph campus of the Vermont Technical College (…

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LYNDONVILLE — The doors to the thrift shop and community center at H.O.P.E. are closed on Church Street temporarily amid the COVID-19 shutdown, but staff and volunteers have pivoted to other ways to assist the community.

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LYNDON CENTER — A Zoom meeting with Northern Vermont University President Elaine Collins and members of the NVU Student Government Association (SGA) on Wednesday night had a celebratory, but cautionary, tone after the university was spared closure.

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Vermont officials said Wednesday the state has worked to ensure “testing equity” across the state, which suggests the relatively low numbers of positive coronavirus cases in the Northeast Kingdom are an accurate reflection of how the area compares to the rest of the state.

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MONTPELIER — Hundreds of honking cars and trucks, many adorned with signs announcing support for Northern Vermont University (NVU), paraded from the Vermont Statehouse to the Vermont State College System (VSCS) Chancellor’s office as motorists protested the recommended closure of the college.

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The board of the struggling Vermont State Colleges system on Monday considered a plan to close three campuses because of added financial troubles brought by the coronavirus outbreak, while earlier in the day students and other critics protested in a car parade through Montpelier.

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MONTPELIER — At the Governor’s press conference about the latest information on the Coronavirus in Vermont on Friday, he and his cabinet said that public safety remains the top priority during the pandemic to keep the health system strong and stop the spread.

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LYNDONVILLE — How students in the eight towns served by the Kingdom East School District will continue to learn remotely during the emergency school closures was the subject of a recent meeting of the district’s Academic Excellence Committee.

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Local first responders held a light procession at Littleton Regional Healthcare on Thursday evening as a show of support and appreciation for the staff at Littleton Regional Healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LYNDON CENTER — Earlier this week Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding told Senators on the Education Committee that the state college system is in crisis, expecting an $8.5 million deficit for the current year. He told the Education Committee that campus closures, “personnel actions” were all being discussed.

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As North Country schools adapt to remote learning, they will now have two more months of it after an order was issued Thursday by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who extended remote instruction through the rest of the school year as schools remain closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — The Caledonian-Record believes the public is entitled to details related to the recent suspension of a chief deputy and the results of the Vermont State Police effort to identify alleged violators of the stay-home mandate.

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A local lawmaker has been appointed to serve on the new bipartisan legislative advisory board within the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery that will be tasked with deciding how to spend the $1.25 billion in COVID-19 relief money slated for New Hampshire and with overseeing the investment.

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New Hampshire airports will receive $15.2 million through the CARES Act to support them during the COVID-19 crisis. The continued operation of New Hampshire’s airports is needed to ensure essential workers and supplies are able to reach the state and to keep necessary travel open and available for Granite State businesses and industries.

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NORTHEAST KINGDOM — Voters of the Caledonia Cooperative School District (CCSD) - a unified PreK-8 district serving students from the towns of Barnet, Walden and Waterford - will not be voting on the proposed school budget on May 5 as planned.

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During a wide ranging press conference Monday morning state officials worked to assuage concerns from people in the Northeast Kingdom that the transfer of COVID-19 positive inmates to the St. Johnsbury prison won’t endanger the local communities.

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LYNDONVILLE — Local clinical mental health counselor Ellen Findlay Moore, in private practice working with adolescents and women and a board member of Northern Counties Health Care system, shared some thoughts about mental health during this stressful upheaval of life as we knew it caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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During Gov. Phil Scott’s news conference with various commissioners, several questions focused on the use of St. Johnsbury as a surge site for inmates that tested positive for the deadly COVIDh-19 virus.

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Caledonia County’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases more than tripled Thursday when the Department of Corrections moved 27 infected inmates to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury, and there’s more on the way.

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NORTHEAST KINGDOM — In times like these, when the word “unprecedented” is uttered so often, it’s only fitting that one local bank president described recent small business requests for federal funding as record-breaking.

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State, county and local law enforcement officers salute NVRH healthcare workers with a blue light parade Monday evening outside the hospital.

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As Granite State residents adapt to the state’s stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a commissioner in Coos County is concerned about what he says has been an in-flux of out-of-staters not staying in their own homes and instead heading to northern New Hampshire.

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Editor’s Note: The newspaper recently introduced readers to two friends and Northeast Kingdom students that we will check in with regularly to see how they are adapting to their “new normal” of distance learning, social distance, and adapting to growing up in Generation C — what some are now calling kids coming up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WEST BURKE — One Burke, the local citizen-led nonprofit group that has continued to steer hoped-for community projects since the Vermont Council on Rural Development brainstorming Community Visit process several years ago, is the recipient of nearly $40,000 in new grant funds to help fund the West Burke Revitalization Project.

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NORTHEAST KINGDOM — In response to the COVID-19 containment crisis, Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) announced on Friday afternoon that the trails network through several towns across nearly 100 private landowners’ properties would be shut down to visitors until restrictions for health concerns are lifted at the state level.

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EAST BURKE — Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) has doubled its planned community philanthropy level for this year - announcing in recent days that an additional $25,000 in grants have been awarded to local non-profits.

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The purchase of Allen Lumber Company by r.k. Miles, Inc. has been postponed until the end of November due to various COVID-19-related restrictions put in place earlier this month.

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Editor’s Note: The following anecdotes highlight some of the many acts of kindness people are seeing in the community during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have witnessed these acts (small or large), we’d really like to know about them. In a line or two, please tell us what you’re seeing and email us at kindness@caledonian-record.com. We’ll compile the lists and remind readers that, even in times of crisis, wonderful things are happening all around us.

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As local officials grapple with fulfilling their responsibilities while trying to stay safe amid the escalating coronavirus crisis, new rules enacted in Vermont this week look to protect public health by temporarily changing the requirements of the state’s open meeting law.

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Vermont Health Department officials announced Thursday that Caledonia County has now seen its fourth positive test for COVID-19, while the state’s coronavirus task force reported data is beginning to suggest the mitigation measures are starting to work.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A letter to the editor that appeared in the Caledonian-Record recently was the wrong message to send medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, according to a local couple known for their Main Street decorating.

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For safety’s sake people are supposed to remain at home to avoid exposure to or spread of COVID-19, but for some, abuse within the home is a much more imminent threat than the coronavirus.

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