Child care employment is still down more than 126,000 positions as workers leave for higher-paying positions as bank tellers, administrative assistants and retail clerks. Parents are struggling to ret...
We have had so many cases in the schools so far. Seems like far more than STLY. Today was the highest case count for VT of the whole pandemic! 😓
100%! With an all-time case record today and the highest 7-day case average since the start of the pandemic (before numbers get adjusted upward as they have on an almost daily basis of late) it is far past time for Governor Scott to step up and lead like he did throughout the early stages of the pandemic. We need our Governor to again find his way and our Health Commissioner to again find his voice. It is disheartening that Vermont's best-in-the nation response is so rapidly unraveling. vtdigger.org/2021/09/16/vermont-314-covid-cases-record/
I really wish the Governor and administration would move off the almost sole focus on vaccinations to a more broad-based approach to dealing with the recent surge.
Yes, the vaccinations are the most critical tool but with the high vaccination rates in VT (among eligible populations) we are reaching a point of diminishing returns on the holdouts at this point.
I struggle to understand why when we receive a new tool we abandon so many others that worked previously. To be clear, I am not advocating any type of shutdowns but reinstating an indoor mask mandate for all seems entirely reasonable.
With the continuing climb in infections, hospitalizations and deaths (much higher than a year ago at this time), the Governor's insistence that he can't put a mask mandate in place because there is no State of Emergency (his discretion) because there is no emergency is beginning to ring quite hollow.
Admittedly, I say this as a frustrated and scared parent of a child too young to be vaccinated and now in school. I assure you it feels like an emergency to my wife and me and to many others in our situation.
But I also say it as an economic development professional who believes the best thing we can do for our businesses and the economy is to deploy our best available tools to beat down the virus in order to keep schools and businesses open, parents and other employees working and to allow people to feel safe entering establishments; especially now as a possible Fall surge looms.
If you follow the Governor's weekly press conferences closely it is evident that Dr. Levine was chided for his suggestion last week that everyone mask up indoors, regardless of vaccination status. I am confident that is what led to his awkward "no single policy" comments this week.
It is disheartening to me that at this point in the pandemic after so much success as a state in managing the impacts, we seem to have a Governor who has lost his way and a Health Commissioner who has lost his voice.
Kathleen James VT State Representative Are you willing to acknowledge that we cannot maintain economic growth if we are to cut out emissions quickly enough? Net zero by 2050 is the best a growing economy can do and we now know this is far too late. If you can’t acknowledge this then you are part of the problem.