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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

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 UVMs 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...

Colorful decals lead students through the check-in line and to the testing area Feb. 15.

COVID-19 at UVM: Nearly 50 positive cases reported among students in all-time high

Staff Report February 16, 2021
Feb. 16, 2021 Nearly 50 students tested positive for COVID-19 last week marking the highest number of student positives to date at UVM.  Thirty-six on-campus residential students and 10 off-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 out of 11,036 total student swabs taken between Feb. 8 and Feb. 14.
A Color COVID-19 testing kit is opened to display the contents of the kit Jan. 25. The kit includes a nasal swab, a testing tube, a biohazard bag and a return shipping mailer.

More than 1,000 students missing pre-arrival test results during spike in cases

Ella Ruehsen, Cynic News Reporter February 12, 2021

Over 1,000 UVM students did not get their pre-arrival test results back in time for the first day of school, according to a representative from the company that ran the tests.  The company, Color,...

The state installed COVID-19 sign stands off of exit 14E to let out-of-state travelers know the Vermont guidelines for COVID Jan. 25. A 14 day quarantine is required of all out-of-state travelers among other safety precautions.

UVM to maintain fall semester COVID regulations amid rising cases

Lila Cumming, Cynic News Reporter February 1, 2021

Despite rising cases of COVID-19 in Vermont and an uptick in cases at the end of last semester, UVM will maintain the same strategy for containing the coronavirus during the spring semester.  Although...

A sign directs students to testing Sept. 25.

COVID-19 test results delayed just before Thanksgiving break

Emma Pinezich, News and Sports Editor November 21, 2020

COVID test results have been delayed due to an issue at the lab that processes UVM’s tests following a week of record-high case numbers at UVM. The delay comes just as students are returning home...

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