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
A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor is calling on individuals, committees and organizations holding campaign events and forums, to be prepared with security measures for all Zoom and digital events.
Seven more inmates have tested positive at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans and they will be transferred to the COVID-19 medical surge site at the state prison in St. Johnsbury.
North Country towns are dedicated to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States armed forces.
As high school graduations near, school districts in the North Country have been adjusting their plans to accommodate the pandemic and its social distancing requirements and the lingering uncertainty of when the shutdown will ease and when large gatherings will again be safe and allowed.
It was the virus that compelled him to go and it’s the virus that allowed him to.
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
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.
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.
BETHLEHEM — Staying connected.
Vermont officials, careful not to celebrate prematurely, reported that there were no new COVID-19 cases identified in the state Tuesday.
The bills have stacked up. The income is gone. And Trish Jones worries about the future of her business, Green Mountain Sporting Goods in Derby.
A Walden attorney has been accused of pulling a gun on a store clerk because she was upset about a social distancing sign.
NEWPORT CITY — Boaters won’t be crossing the border on Lake Memphremagog any time soon.
ST. JOHNSBURY — For his final commencement as Headmaster, Tom Lovett wants to have a traditional graduation ceremony.
Vermont officials unveiled what they described as a town-by-town accounting of COVID-19 cases for the first time Monday.
Since the coronavirus shutdown that began a month ago, general police calls for service are down in the North Country.
A Washington County Superior Court Judge has lowered the bail of a furloughee accused of committing a series of violent crimes.
An incarcerated Hardwick man with multiple open cases got a bit of a break due to the coronavirus recently, but it might not be enough to get him out of jail.
Parents and guardians of the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont are navigating the “new normal” of working from home, or being laid off, and managing the pressure of educating their school-aged children from home.
The Grafton County Nursing Home in North Haverhill is taking extra precautions in one wing of the home after two people, a resident and a traveling nurse, tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
The Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need at five different areas of Vermont beginning on Wednesday. These points of distribution will help ease demand on food shelves around the state that have seen a surge in demand.
ST. JOHNSBURY — A tax stabilization fund will be considered by the St. Johnsbury School Board to help ease stress for local taxpayers amid the Coronavirus pandemic crisis, but that would not take effect until the Fiscal Year 2022 budget cycle if put in place.
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.
LITTLETON — Seniors in the Littleton High School Class of 2020, the school’s 152nd graduating class, will graduate on their scheduled day, June 6, but what their graduation will look like amid the coronavirus pandemic is still being worked out.
Area hospitals are weathering the COVID-19 storm, CEOs say.
Some of the biggest yearly events in the North Country and Northeast Kingdom won’t be happening in 2020.
One day up, another day down, an historic plunge sparked by the global stock market crash that began on Feb. 20 and in just a handful of weeks would rip more than 30 percent out of the broad market.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM — A four-year-old boy from Orleans helped his mom support corrections staff forced by COVID-19 to quarter at the Comfort Inn in St. Johnsbury.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the union representing customs officers and Border Patrol agents nationwide are in dispute over working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has eclipsed many things in the last month, including milestone anniversaries.
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.
As one North Country school district this week tentatively pushed its high school graduation to August, another has presented a proposal to hold its graduation on its usual second Friday in June, but keep everyone safe through social distancing.
Better safe than sorry.
DANVILLE — Caledonia Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) Superintendent Mark Tucker said cuts are being considered for that PreK-8 district, including teaching jobs.
The lights were off. The seats were empty. The doors were closed.
Vermont health officials reported only two new COVID-19 cases in the state on Tuesday, the lowest number of new cases since March 18 and the continuation of a trend of reduced new cases for over a week.
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.
The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in the Northeast Kingdom has ticked up in recent days.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott offered some words that might encourage Northern Vermont University supporters while at the same time acknowledging there are no easy solutions to very challenging problems facing the state.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some businesses are in need now more than ever.
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.
LYNDON CENTER — A groundswell of support for Northern Vermont University campuses at Lyndon and Johnson, as well as the Randolph campus of the Vermont Technical College (VTC), grew over the weekend. A protest is planned in Montpelier on Monday morning.
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.
What does it take to feed a school district?
ST. JOHNSBURY — A sterilization machine delivered this week to Northeastern Vermont Medical Center will significantly increase the supply of N95 mask at hospitals and health care facilities in the region.
So far, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Coos County is holding its own at a total of two, but the health care community is not taking any chances if there is a surge in cases.
Forced to keep their distance, families and friends who suffer the loss of a loved one lack the comforting that comes with mourning together, and local funeral service providers are trying to offer care amid current COVID-19 limitations.
This week’s snapshot of testing for COVID-19 cases shows that the daily rate of the increase is slowing down, say Northeast Kingdom hospital officials.
LYNDON CENTER — Vermont State Colleges System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding on Friday said he wanted to close the NVU-Lyndon campus.
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.
Governor Phil Scott today announced a flag lowering procedure to honor Vermonters who have died due to COVID-19.
Local people offered their reflections following Vermont State College Chancellor Jeb Spaulding’s Friday announcement that he will recommend closure of the NVU-Lyndon Campus.
The Westmore road crew has been sidelined with pay but ready to handle emergencies in reaction Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s latest stay-at-home order.
As spring gets underway, campgrounds are nearing their seasonal opening.
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.
State health officials announced new cases in Vermont ticked up by 7 cases in their report Thursday, the third straight day of a single digit increase statewide.
ST. JOHNSBURY — St. Johnsbury Academy has been receiving deliveries of surgical masks, gowns, gloves, and more from China, and on Thursday morning it went to the front line workers at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.
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.
NEWPORT CENTER — A five-year-old girl in a wheelchair now has a ramp to go in and out of her home.
ST. JOHNSBURY — People are encouraged to join a caravan on Friday morning to show support for staff and inmates at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility on Route 5 in St. Johnsbury.
LYNDONVILLE — Some municipal transfer stations and recycling centers went offline the past month amid concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic.
ST. JOHNSBURY — A St. Johnsbury House resident diagnosed with COVID-19 never went home with the virus, according to information released Tuesday by the Agency of Human Services.
They could have stayed home until the pandemic passed.
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.
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.
LYNDONVILLE — The Kingdom East School District’s finance committee and administration met virtually in recent days and discussed fiscal realities and pressures as the coronavirus pandemic crisis marks its first full month.
The COVID-19 pandemic was a rude awakening for a St. Johnsbury man living a Peace Corps dream in Albania.
St. Johnsbury Emergency Management Director Jon Bouffard went to Northeast Regional Correctional Facility on Tuesday to inspect the state’s system for decontaminating those who are working with and treating COVID-19 infected inmates.
Lake Region Union High School and North Country Union High School students will not be penalized if their grades suffer since schools were forced to close across Vermont.
The latest information from the Vermont Health Department shows there are now 9 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 within Caledonia County.
LITTLETON — Although town officials had been hoping to complete another project in the river district this spring, they called it off.
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.
LITTLETON — In early March, town meeting voters approved a number of warrant articles, from road projects to vehicle leases, and repairing dams and retaining walls.
Department of Corrections officials announced new details in their plans to use the prison in St. Johnsbury as a “surge” facility for the state’s prisoners who test positive for COVID-19.
LITTLETON — The pulpit was a dump truck.
BARNET — Families whose children are receiving meals delivered via the school buses while schools are closed due to the coronavirus in Barnet on Friday were sent two bags of food, generous care packages to tide them over school-break week which included a dozen local Pete and Gerry’s eggs from nearby Monroe, N.H.
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.
Senior residents in North Country and Northeast Kingdom nursing homes have a particular challenge during the coronavirus pandemic.
ST. JOHNSBURY — Keeping their physical distance earlier this week, selectmen came together through video conferencing to suspend penalties and interest for late payments on water and sewer bills.
COVID-19 has affected everyone.
BETHLEHEM, NH — Tim Wennrich was busy planning for the upcoming season.
The most rural parts of the Northeast Kingdom and North Country of New Hampshire are now reporting COVID-19 cases.
In a time of need, the local Meals On Wheels program that delivers meals to the homes of seniors in nine Littleton area towns has received a boost through a $500 donation by the Lisbon Stump Jumper Snowmobile Club.
The Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging shuttered the St. Johnsbury Meals on Wheels location in an abundance of caution following revelations that a St. Johnsbury House tenant had tested positive for COVID-19.
While no inmates or staff at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility (NERCF) have been infected by COVID-19, the pandemic has brought big changes to the state prison in St. Johnsbury.
The district manager for the Northern New England District of the U.S. Postal Service reported information in how mail is handled at the location of mail customers.
NEWPORT CITY — The city will delay a pending tax sale and work with three property owners involved to give them extra time to pay off overdue bills and keep their properties.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos recently announced a directive allowing for the postponement of municipal elections.
A Community Response Coordinating Team has formed to facilitate communication between community response and mutual aid groups, to share tools and best practices, and to compile and connect to regional and statewide resources.
In responding to calls, North Country emergency responders have a duty to keep safe those they help, as well as themselves.
The Vermont Supreme Court Building in Montpelier is now closed to the public.
Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi’s opposition to the consolidation of COVID-19 prisoner cases to a single judge in Burlington has paid off for the veteran prosecutor.
NEWPORT CITY — A Newport man charged with robbing and biting a woman in a gas station parking lot Saturday night is being held without bail.
ST. JOHNSBURY — State health officials reported that a St. Johnsbury House resident has COVID-19.
On a day when Vermont authorities announced 31 new COVID-19 cases and an additional death, state officials still saw signs to be optimistic that the mitigation measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus were working.
Hillary Gerardi is on the cover of the current issue of Trail Runner Magazine.
Two weeks ago, boosted by signs put up in Lancaster, Whitefield and other North Country towns, the call was put out for volunteers who might be needed during the coronavirus pandemic.
NEWPORT CITY — Firefighters and first responders from across the region paraded their vehicles, lights flashing, past North Country Hospital Monday afternoon in an international show of support.
Anthony Speed is a registered sex offender charged with repeated violations of the sex offender registry.
BETHLEHEM — For the health of its citizens, the town is getting the message out about coronavirus – practice social distancing and stay at home if sick to protect yourself and others.
This weekend saw a significant jump in the number of identified cases in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will temporarily reduce operating hours at certain ports of entry effective Monday, April 6.
The emergency department staff at North Country Hospital in Newport City posted this “Thanks for practicing social distancing” on the hospital…
Two new tents sprung up outside of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury Friday morning.
Lyndonville defense attorney Laura Wilson is not taking no for an answer when it comes to her efforts to have three of her clients released from pre-trial detention due to fears of coronavirus in prison.
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.
LITTLETON — As more Littleton businesses and residents struggle after company shutdowns and job losses or layoffs from the COVID-19 pandemic, Littleton Water and Light is offering relief by voluntarily reducing rates for the month of April, and possibly longer.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The United Community Church (UCC) is appealing to the town Development Review Board’s (DRB) ruling that a 7-day-a-week day shelter operating at the Main Street church requires a permit.
WEST BURKE — Stacy Rice has been named the middle school principal of the year by the Vermont Principals Association.
NEWPORT CITY — The president of the union of municipal employees is asking the Newport City manager, mayor and council for flexible working conditions and other concessions for two employees.
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 email@example.com. We’ll compile the lists and remind readers that, even in times of crisis, wonderful things are happening all around us.
Attention skiers and snowboarders: Your goggles could help save lives.
Testing for coronavirus COVID-19 is ramping up after weeks of a slow pace hindered by a lag in getting results, hospital officials across the Northeast Kingdom and North Country of New Hampshire say.
LYNDON — Ben Luce is making it his personal mission to make home-made masks common place in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is doing everything he can to keep people out of jail these days.
Vermont health officials announced 28 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday, including a new one in Caledonia County.
A global pandemic elevated the esteem of retail employees - from gas stations, grocery store and pharmacies - to their rightful perch as ‘essential’ contributors to society.
As the region works to ensure that its older citizens most vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infections are safe and isolated, there another population of residents that can be vulnerable in the midst of the pandemic — those recovering from substance abuse.
Second home owners typically leave town during mud season.