Doctor: ‘The pandemic is not over’

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Kemble has a few messages for the community: If you are sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 you need to isolate; consider keeping your kids masked at school; and get a second booster shot, if you’re eligible, or ensure you are fully vaccinated.

Doctor: Biden likely has highly contagious COVID-19 strain

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden likely contracted a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through the United States, and now has body aches and a sore throat since his positive test, according to an update from his doctor on Saturday.

Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘very mild symptoms’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and went into isolation with mild symptoms. White House officials went all-out to show that the 79-year-old U.S. leader could power through the virus and keep working because he was vaccinated and boosted.

Families brace for changes to pandemic-era free school meals

ESSEX, Vt. — Before the pandemic, there was no room in the budget for Kate Murphy’s children to buy lunch at school. She and her husband would buy in bulk and make bag lunches at home. So the free school meals that were made available to students nationwide amid the crisis have brought welcome relief, especially since her husband lost his job last year at a bakery company that closed.

Army Guard troops risk dismissal as vaccine deadline looms

WASHINGTON — Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers across the country — or about 13% of the force — have not yet gotten the mandated COVID-19 vaccine, and as the deadline for shots looms, at least 14,000 of them have flatly refused and could be forced out of the service.