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A testing vial sits in a makeshift distribution pipe at UVM's COVID-19 testing site.

COVID-19 at UVM: Off-campus cases rise sharply, UK variant detected

Ella Ruehsen , Assistant News Editor March 23, 2021

UVM reported nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, nearly 70 of which were off-campus, marking an all-time high in UVM’s weekly case-count since the start of the pandemic.  Additionally,...

UVM students stand in a long line outside of the Davis center Covid testing site, Sept. 10.

UVM to continue heightened testing as off-campus COVID cases climb

Staff Report March 19, 2021

UVM is extending twice-weekly-testing for all students an additional two weeks, following an uptick in off-campus COVID-19 cases. According to a March 19 email from Garry Derr, Vice President for Operations...

Men’s soccer midfielder Joe Morrison, a sophomore, dribbles up the field, Nov. 13. The team lost 3-2 in overtime to Hartford University, ending UVM’s season.

Starting tomorrow, students can attend outdoor sports games

Max Clifford, Cynic Sports Reporter March 18, 2021

Tickets for UVM students to attend outdoor athletic events in-person will be available to students beginning this Friday, March 19, according to an email from the UVM Athletic Department.  For the...

Students line up outside the testing center to comply with the new twice-weekly mandated test.

17 cases reported on Monday alone, ‘concerning’ to UVM officials

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor March 17, 2021

Seventeen students tested positive for COVID-19 this Monday alone, just after the school announced tentative plans to hold in-person graduation. Erica Caloiero, interim VP for student affairs, announced...

To meet the new testing requirements some students now need to get tested on Saturdays.

COVID-19 round-up: 41 positives, extended twice-weekly testing and graduation plans

Ella Ruehsen , Assistant News Editor March 16, 2021

Forty-one new cases of COVID-19 were discovered among the student body in the last week, with 21 from on-campus students and 20 from off-campus students.  Three days before the week’s results were...

Garbage bags full of tissues sit outside of UVM's COVID testing center March 4.

COVID-19 at UVM: 32 positive test results in first week of increased testing

Staff Report March 9, 2021

In UVM’s first week of twice-weekly testing, 32 positive test results were received out of the nearly 20,000 tests administered during the first week of March.  According to UVM’s COVID-19 dashboard,...

Students line up in the COVID testing line March 1. At 5:00 one end of the line started near Aiken and the other started past the Royal Tyler Theatre.

COVID cases decrease and students wait in long lines on first day of twice-weekly testing

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor March 2, 2021

On the first day of twice-weekly mandatory testing, the UVM COVID-19 testing center attempted to parse through 5,000 students, as the lines to get tested stretched across campus. The coronavirus testing...

A sign in the entryway of the Davis Center COVID-19 testing location warns students that if they have symptoms they cannot test at this location. As the number of COVID-19 cases has increased at UVM over the last three weeks, officials put in place new restrictions Feb. 25.

BREAKING: UVM announces twice weekly COVID-19 testing, harsher penalties

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor February 25, 2021

UVM is doubling down its COVID-19 safety measures with increased testing and harsher penalties for rule violations after a record-high 62 cases were detected among students last week. In a Feb. 25 email...

Ella Ruehsen, a UVM sophomore and assistant news editor for the Cynic stands at the center window of Slade Hall Feb. 13. Slade Hall is a residence hall on Redstone Campus which has been reserved for COVID positive students.

Inside COVID isolation at UVM: reporter recounts surreal stay with no masks and limited supervision

Ella Ruehsen, Assistant News Editor February 23, 2021

Editor's note: This piece takes on a different form of journalism Cynic readers may not be accustomed to. Read the letter from the Editor-in-Chief here to learn more.    Since this past fall...

UVM Students come to the first floor of the Davis Center to get tested weekly for COVID-19.

‘This is something we anticipated:’ UVM says virus is under control as cases continue to rise

Irene Choi, Assistant News Editor February 22, 2021

UVM has surpassed previous testing highs for the second week in a row, but officials say the University’s COVID-19 policies and mitigation strategy will remain the same.  With 64 new positive cases...

Mercy Hall, a residential building on Trinity campus is where quarantining students are being moved.

BREAKING: UVM expands quarantine housing as cases near 100 for the semester

Ella Ruehsen and Emma Pinezich February 21, 2021

The University of Vermont is adding an additional on-campus location to quarantine students after nearly 80 tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the semester. In an email sent Sunday...

UVM Medical Center Pharmacist Julie Finnigan extracts the Pfizer COVID vaccine from a vile.

Where do UVM students fit into the state’s vaccination plan? The answer is complicated.

Nicole Hardy, Cynic News Reporter February 17, 2021

UVM students will remain in the dark as state and University officials have not yet established a plan to roll-out the COVID-19 vaccine. While UVM’s weekly testing report indicating that nearly 50...

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