Blog: WTSA News For Your Saturday, January 8th: – WTSA Radio

WTSA News For Your Saturday, January 8th:

Another 1917 Covid 19 cases were reported in Vermont Friday with no deaths. There were 24 new positive tests In Windham County. New Hampshire reported two deaths and 2,093 new Covid 19 cases. One death and 149 positive Covid tests were in Cheshire County. In Massachusetts, 55 deaths and 26,187 new cases of the covid virus. There were 211 new covid positive tests in Franklin County.

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is making some changes Monday, in response to an uptick in Covid 19 infections. New patient appointments and other applicable appointments to telehealth. All in-person visits will be seen at Brattleboro Internal Medicine and Putney Family Health. Wellness visits will be postponed for at least four weeks. Surgical volume will be reduced to one operating room for scheduled procedures Emergency and urgent surgeries will continue to be performed. Beginning Tuesday, January 11, all Vaccine Clinics will be relocated to BMH through the Richards Building Entrance. The Testing Clinic remains at 417 Canal Street, Brattleboro.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has launched the “Tests for Tots” program, which will provide rapid antigen COVID-19 test kits to regulated childcare providers across Vermont. These childcare providers can enroll in the program effective immediately. Test to Stay has been an important tool in Vermont’s K-12 schools, saving thousands of in-person instruction days for students. This initiative expands the efforts to childcare providers, allowing them to test children and staff when a positive COVID-19 case is detected at their program. Tests for Tots will offer tests for children between the ages of two and five, as well as for child care program staff. They can be administered at home. The tests are limited to children over the age of two, consistent with their emergency use authorization from the FDA.

A bill allowing Vermont towns leeway in setting their town meeting dates is on its way to Governor Phil Scott. The House approved the bill sponsored by Windham County senator Jeanette White on a voice vote, after Senate passage Wednesday. Towns would have the ability to replace Town meetings with ballot votes or push the meeting date back to spring. Brattleboro’s Representative Town Meeting would be allowed to be held via zoom.

Merrill Lynch will pay the state of Vermont $4.5 million dollars for the company’s handling of accounts used in connection with the Jay Peak EB-5 fraud. The department of financial regulation had claimed Merrill Lynch’s administration of the accounts represented potential violations of the Vermont Securities Act, over which DFR has regulatory authority. The settlement was jointly negotiated with Michael Goldberg, who also asserted claims on behalf of the receivership estate.

New Hampshire has received a record $60.7 million to help families afford home energy costs this fiscal year. This includes $35.5 million from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through the American Rescue Plan – which Shaheen and Hassan pushed for during ARP negotiations – on top of the annual appropriation of $25.2 million for New Hampshire. The ARP funding more than doubled the state’s typical annual funding and marks the highest amount of LIHEAP funding New Hampshire has ever received to help families heat their homes. The announcement was made Friday by the state congressional delegation.

LOTTERY NUMBERS:

TRI STATE PICK 3    7-9-7

TRI STATE PICK 4    7-4-8-8

TRI STATE GIMME 5   5-20-21-33-38

MEGA MILLIONS   7-29-43-56-57   MEGA BALL  6

MASS CASH   9-19-21-28-33

WTSA SPORTS:

The Celtics host the Knicks tonight, tip-off is at 7:30.

The Bruins are in Tampa Bay tonight, puck drops at 7pm.

Two games in the NFL today. Kansas City faces Denver at 4:30, and Dallas hosts Philadelphia tonight, kick-off is at 8:15.

 

 

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