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COVID-19 Archive

Images and Stories from Vermont





Documenting Vermont's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020


Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society

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Halloween Night: Announcement of See You Next Year!
College street in Montpelier usually has around 1300 Trick or Treaters. This year there were only a few.

Musicians Practice Outside
Because it is too dangerous to play wind instruments inside, this ensemble was practicing on the porch of the Pavilion Building in Montpelier.

Thanksgiving Zoom With Family
Because we couldn't be together this Thanksgiving we zoomed with our families in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Boston

Petco Parking Lot in May
Instead of going inside the store, we ordered on line and did curbside pickup. There was nobody in the parking lot.

Number of Covid Cases Passes 4,000
At the end of November, Vermont passed 4,000 Covid-19 cases and had 67 reported deaths from the virus. These were the statistics on Sunday, November 27, 2020, at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend.

"Vermont Lights the Way" Holiday Lights Initiative
On Friday, November 27, 2020, Governor Phil Scott suggested that Vermonters decorate their homes with holiday lights to lift people's spirits during the pandemic. The governor said, "Let’s get creative and show the world that Vermonters are here for…

Highway Sign for Visitors
During the third week of November, these signs were placed at Interstate highway exits throughout Vermont. Due to rising COVID case counts across the Northeast, effective November 10, 2020, the State of Vermont suspended its leisure travel map and…

Governor Defends Bans on Gatherings
"Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine defended Vermont’s ban on multi-household gatherings Tuesday after a New York Times article voiced doubts about the policy’s efficacy.

In an article published Monday, Apoorva Mandavilli, who…

Coronavirus hits Rutland Health and Rehab
"As the number of coronavirus cases in Vermont surges, nursing homes continue to bear the brunt of the impact. About 53% of the Covid deaths in Vermont have been at elder care facilities, according to data from the New York Times.


Boston Globe Notices Surge in Vermont
"Hailed as a model of prevention with the lowest case rate in the country, Vermont is now facing a surge of the virus, with Washington County at the center."

50% surge expected
"The number of Covid cases in Vermont is forecasted to rise around 50% in the next six weeks, officials said at a press conference Tuesday. The state has had a dramatic rise in cases in recent weeks, going from 198 cases for the week of Nov. 9 to 593…

Governor Phil Scott orders Flags lowered on the 19th
“On April 19, I ordered the flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of each month to honor those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. “This month we do so amidst rising case counts across the state, increased transmission and growing concern for the…

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