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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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Pharmacy Changes, BCBS of Vermont
Chart of pharmacy coverage changes implemented by BCBS of Vermont at the end of the public health emergency.

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Ends May 11, 2023
Letter from BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont to subscribers announcing end of public health emergency.

3 years into the pandemic, Vermonters are still getting long Covid
"For ... hundreds — or likely thousands — of other people in the state still in the grip of long Covid, the pandemic continues, despite the end of the global and federal public health emergencies on Thursday (May 11)."

Thousands more than expected died in Vermont during the pandemic
"Vermont reported almost 3,000 more deaths from 2020 to 2023 than would have been expected were it not for the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — but less than one-third of those deaths…

Outbreaks begin to decline
"As Vermont’s Covid metrics have dipped in recent weeks, the number of outbreaks reported each week has begun to decline, according to health department data."

"The department tracks Covid outbreaks in specific facilities such as long-term care,…

Burlington scales back wastewater testing
"After two and a half years of data collection, the city of Burlington said Tuesday that it would end its wastewater testing program next week to rely solely on the CDC’s wastewater contractor to track Covid-19 levels at wastewater treatment…

State stops reporting PCR testing data
"Health department spokesperson Ben Truman said in an email that the department stopped reporting PCR testing data on Feb. 15 because it was no longer 'a good picture of COVID information in Vermont.'”

"The department has reported PCR test data…

Vaccination Clinics to Close
On January 3, 2023, the Vermont Department of Health announced that it would close all walk-in vaccination clinics in the state by January 31, 2023. "The clinics have given out between 500,000 and 1 million Covid vaccine doses over the course of the…

State Revised Pandemic Death Toll
On January 6, 2023, the state announced that it had uncovered 86 more deaths from Covid-19 than previously reported. The new numbers brought the state's total death toll to 877.

Masks Optional
At some point in 2022, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Department of Health started using a "low-medium-high" scale to describe the spread of Covid-19 within communities. This sign at the Brattleboro Museum and…

Effectiveness of Beau Tie Masks
At the beginning of the pandemic people started wearing cloth masks to protect themselves from the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. In December 2021 public health officials began to discourage use of single layer cloth masks in favor of KN95…

Masks Made in Vermont
When the world started needing face masks to combat Covid-19, Beau Ties of Vermont started manufacturing masks using colorful fabrics they normally used for men's neckwear. This is a sample of the face masks offered on their website on January 9,…

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