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College president lived in dorm with COVID-19 restrictions

February 4, 2021 GMT

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont college president moved into a dormitory among the students to share their experience coping with the COVID-19 quarantine for a few days.

Norwich University President Mark Anarumo moved into the dormitory on the Northfield campus last Friday and stayed until Tuesday. He’s now traveling and is planning to return to another Norwich dorm after he completes his own quarantine on his return to Vermont, Norwich spokesperson Daphne Larkin said Thursday.

Dozens of Norwich students who returned for the second semester have tested positive for the coronavirus and students are mostly quarantined to their rooms.

“So when we announced the in-room quarantine there was a lot of stress and tension so I figured, you know, I am just going to live in the dorm with them,” Anarumo told mychamplainvalley.com.

“I just wanted to live like the students for a while to have a shared experience to show them I understand, modeling is the most critical component of leadership,” he said.

Student David McQuillan, a junior from Vernon Township, New Jersey, who lives a few floors below Anarumo said some students might have been a little uneasy at first.

“It’s scary that the president comes in to live with you, but he’s very personable,” McQuillan said.

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WOMAN, 105, VACCINATED

A 105-year-old woman from Colchester was among the first of 160 people to be vaccinated on Wednesday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex as part of Vermont’s next phase of vaccinations, according to the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“It makes me feel good and secure,” Sophie Connors said, according to a statement from the hospital.

Vermonters in that age group must make an appointment to get the vaccine. The state started vaccinating that population last week.

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“It’s the thing to do to get rid of this COVID,” Connors said, after getting the first dose, according to the medical center. “You have to get your shot, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands, and keep your distance.”

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CORRECTIONS CASES

The Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting nine new cases of COVID-19 among staff and inmates.

The department reported Thursday that four inmates at the Northwest State Correction Facility in St. Albans tested positive, along with three staff members at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, one staff member at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury and one staff member at the St. Albans Probation and Parole office.

The three facilities are on full lockdown as is the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.

In total 58 staff members and 251 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.

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NUMBERS

On Thursday, the Vermont Department of Health reported 165 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to more than 12,500.

There were 60 people reported hospitalized on Thursday, including 12 in intensive care.

There have been 181 deaths, the same number reported Wednesday.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 157.57 new cases per day on Jan. 20 to 135.71 new cases per day on Feb. 3.

The latest average positivity rate in Vermont is 1.75%. State health departments are calculating positivity rates differently across the country, but for Vermont the AP calculates the rate by dividing new cases by test specimens using data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Vermont did not increase over the past two weeks, going from 2.32% on Jan. 20 to 1.75% on Feb. 3.