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Bennington Hospital Adds Beds, Infrastructure to Prepare for Surge
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center had Vermont's first patient to test positive for COVID-19.   But hospital officials knew it would be far from the last.   Since then, the facility has been gearing up for the surge that public health officials nationwide are
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Local Real Estate Firm Trying to Support Small Businesses
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nocher Realty is lending a helping hand to fellow businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.   "If we don't support them through these unusual times they won’t be there when this all blows over, when business is back to normal we need these shops back in action," owner Jason Nocher said.
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Governor Raises Possibility of Testing, Field Hospital in Western Mass
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Conversations are under way on the possibility of setting up a testing facility in Western Massachusetts for public safety personnel and for an expansion of bed capacity.   Standing outside the new drive-through testing site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need
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Berkshire Humane Still Caring for Animals Despite Financial Struggles
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Humane Society has been forced to change operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic but its and care and support for animals will not waiver.   "We understand that this is a tough time for everyone. We just want people to know that the homeless animals in our care are still getting the
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Walmart Implementing COVID-19 Restrictions
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Walmart is instituting strict limits on access to its more than 4,700 stores across the nation.    As of Saturday, April 4, the number of customers allowed in store will be limited to five per every 1,000 square feet, or about 20 percent of each store's capacity.   Associates will
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@theMarket: Don't Trade This Market
Markets that go up or down several percentage points a day is the new norm. As COVID-19 begins to infect the U.S. heartland, more and more of the country is shutting down. Deaths and cases have still not peaked, so why should we expect the stock market to have bottomed out?    The financial media, I believe, is providing
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Testing, Contact Tracing Touted as Tool to Stop COVID-19 Spread
BOSTON — The state is collaborating with Partners in Health to create the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative, the first of its kind in the nation.    Gov. Charlie Baker stressed Friday that testing will be an "enormously powerful tool for public health officials" in containing the spread of the novel
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Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Contagion Spreads
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three residents at Williamstown Commons nursing home have now reportedly died from complications of COVID-19. Administrator Jodi Ouimette, in her latest update on April 2, reported that two residents died on Wednesday night and that 36 residents have now tested positive for the novel coranavirus. The first death
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Letter: Coronavirus Tests Only for Those in the 'Big Club'
To the Editor: George Carlin once joked, "It's a big club and you ain't in it." The rich and powerful have access to things that you and I do not. A few years ago, I saw an advertisements on television about the shingles shot. The ad recommended that if you were over a certain age, that you were at risk and that you
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The Independent Investor: How the CARE Act Changes Tax-Deferred Account Rules
Listen up, big changes have just occurred because of the newly passed CARE Act. Aside from the "free money" that 90 percent of Americans are expecting, important changes to your retirement accounts have been passed. These changes can save you a bundle in taxes while providing instant cash relief, if you need
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