Vermont's Defensive Line: These COVID-19 Fighters Wield Information, Medicine and Disinfectant | Coronavirus | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Please support our work!

Donate  Advertise

Vermont's Defensive Line: These COVID-19 Fighters Wield Information, Medicine and Disinfectant 

Published March 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. | Updated March 25, 2020 at 10:07 a.m.

click to enlarge LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry

In 1927, devastating floods in Vermont swept away 1,285 bridges, killed 84 people, and wrought widespread destruction and misery. U.S. president Calvin Coolidge toured his beloved home state the following year to view recovery efforts. An emotional "Silent Cal" delivered perhaps his most memorable remarks in Bennington:

"If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the Union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont."

click to enlarge vdl-logo.png

Today, the threat isn't endless rain but the new coronavirus sweeping the globe which, health officials confirmed Monday, is being transmitted in Vermont's communities. The COVID-19 illness that it causes is dangerous enough, particularly to older people with health problems, that schools, ski resorts and too many institutions to list are shutting down or taking drastic measures to reduce person-to-person contact.

Just as in 1927, Vermonters are proving up to the challenge. Seven Days reporters have interviewed some of the many, many people who are helping to slow the coronavirus' spread.

We spoke with a translator, an epidemiologist, a commercial cleaner and the woman who oversees the 2-1-1 service dispensing information to Vermonters.

Dr. Erin Kurek, a hospitalist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, said she is ready to treat the sick. Erin Schifilliti, the director of nursing at the Ethan Allen Residence in Burlington, is taking extra precautions to keep the vulnerable seniors who live there safe. Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue volunteer Gabrielle Stevens, a Mainer-cum-Vermonter, is standing by to answer medical calls in the Chittenden County towns that the squad serves.

These Vermonters — and many more — form the state's defensive line against an unseen and potentially deadly foe.

That's brave.

Vermont's First Defenders:

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Authors

Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles

Dan Bolles is Seven Days' assistant arts editor and also edits What's Good, the annual city guide to Burlington. He has received numerous state, regional and national awards for his coverage of the arts, music, sports and culture. He loves dogs, dark beer and the Boston Red Sox.
Margaret Grayson

Margaret Grayson

Margaret Grayson was a staff writer at Seven Days 2019-21. She now freelances for the paper, covering the art, books, memes and weird hobbies of Vermonters. In her spare time she dabbles as a pottery student, country music radio DJ and enthusiastic roaster of root vegetables.
Courtney Lamdin

Courtney Lamdin

Courtney Lamdin is a news reporter at Seven Days; she covers Burlington. She was previously executive editor of the Milton Independent, Colchester Sun and Essex Reporter.
Ken Picard

Ken Picard

Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2024 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation