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Community National Bank Barton office employee tests positive for COVID-19

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BARTON — Community National Bank CEO Kathy Austin has confirmed that an employee at the bank’s Barton office has tested positive for the Coronavirus. “The Barton office has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized based on the CDC’s enhanced cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for workplaces with confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals, and we are continuing to follow…

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Vermont continues to ease business restrictions

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MONTPELIER – Governor Phil Scott outlined some additional openings today as part of the phased restart of Vermont’s economy, introduced last week. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, but with modeling continuing to indicate Vermonters are significantly slowing the spread of the virus, the administration says they are taking a “cautious,…

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Food insecurity in Vermont up 33 percent during pandemic

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NEWPORT — Food insecurity in Vermont has increased by one-third during the coronavirus pandemic, from 18.3 percent to 24.3 percent, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of Vermont at the end of March. The increase in food insecurity was strongly correlated with employment status. Among survey respondents overall, 45 percent had lost…

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Newport spring clean-up postponed, city services reduced

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NEWPORT — Newport residents will notice a temporary reduction in city services from the public works department, recreation department, city landscaper, city clerk/treasurer, zoning, and city manager’s offices. Essential services, which include the police and fire department, as well as the wastewater treatment facility, are still fully functional. City Manager Laura Dolgin said in a…

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Newport airport gets $30,000 in COVID-19 federal relief

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NEWPORT — Vermont airports have received more than $9 million from the federal government to deal with the fallout related to COVID-19. Locally, Northeast Kingdom International Airport in Newport will receive $30,000. The funds are part of $10 billion in federal assistance for airports included in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress and…

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Vermont extends stay-at-home order until May 15

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NEWPORT – Governor Phil Scott today extended Vermont’s State of Emergency through May 15, which also extends the expiration date of all corresponding orders and directives issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original State of Emergency, issued on March 13, was set to expire on April 15, as were the subsequent mitigation measures.…

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RTC shuttle service to operate on dial-a-ride basis due to coronavirus

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NEWPORT — Starting on Wednesday, April 8, RCT says they will be implementing changes to its shuttle bus service in an effort to maintain the highest levels of safety for drivers and passengers during this time. The Jay-Lyn/Jay-Lyn Express and Highlander shuttle bus services will operate on a dial-a-ride basis for access to essential goods…

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Waiting out coronavirus, Pronto and Shelton harmonizing NEK music community

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NEWPORT — For Tod Pronto and Cynthia Shelton, nothing can stop the music. Hunkered down in reaction to the global pandemic, the two have teamed up to form a “Socially Distant Chorus,” inviting the community to harmonize and play along with Pronto on his version of “What a Wonderful World.” So here are the rules:…

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Bear hunt sparks community fun in Newport during quarantine

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NEWPORT — Bear hunts are underway in Newport City. Stuffed bears, puppies, unicorns, and cows are popping up everywhere in the windows of businesses and homes throughout Newport City. The trend is in response to a call from Newport Parks & Recreation Friday encouraging residents to participate in a community-wide “Bear Hunt,” a socially distant…

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NCH nurses scrub/clean personal protection equipment in preparation for the next patient to be tested in their vehicle. Security personnel Justin Curtis and Vinny Lewis are ready to greet patients with an appointment at the mobile testing site.

North Country Hospital is well prepared, soon adding mobile testing site in Island Pond

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NEWPORT — Healthcare organizations have been turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic, but North Country Hospital says they are well prepared. Many new protocols have been put into place to protect patients, their families, hospital staff, as well as the public, which include a strict no visitor policy and restricted points of entry into…

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Staff member at Newport prison tests positive for COVID-19

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NEWPORT — A staff member at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport has tested positive for COVID-19. According to a statement issued by the Vermont Department of Corrections, the staff member last worked on Tuesday, March 17. The Department says they have obtained a list of all staff who had contact with the individual on…

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Newport Municipal Building closed to public

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NEWPORT — Only municipal employees will be allowed to enter the Newport municipal building, with the exception of members of the public who have appointments. Newport police say access to the police lobby window will continue as normal. In a statement put out by the department today, police, fire, and inspection service members have also…

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Community National Bank closes lobbies, drive-up service open

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NEWPORT — In an effort to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and following established Vermont protocol to limit gatherings, starting today, the lobby at Community National Bank locations will be closed to the general public. Customers are asked to use drive-thru windows at locations where they are available, night depository, ATM, or online…

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North Country Supervisory Union schools to provide free student meals during school closure

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NEWPORT — North Country Supervisory Union schools will be providing free meals for pick-up or delivery during the COVID- 19 school closures. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children ages 1-18 without charge. Meals will be provided at schools for pick-up Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m. starting Thursday, March…

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NCH to hold screenings and limit entrance to ER

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NEWPORT — Out of an abundance of caution, North County Hospital says they are implementing additional infection prevention measures. Due to Coronavirus concerns at this time, anyone entering the hospital for any reason is asked to use the Emergency Room entrance. For public safety, you will be asked screening questions at the Emergency Room entrance…

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Jay Peak Resort shutting down winter operations over coronavirus

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NEWPORT — Effective at the end of business operations at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Jay Peak will be closing winter operations for the 2019-2020 season. Tomorrow will be limited to skiing and snowboarding, and limited food and beverage operations. The Pumphouse Indoor Waterpark, Clips and Reels Indoor Climbing Gym, Taiga Spa, Jay Peak Ski and Ride…

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