Vermont’s virtual town hall on what’s next in battle with COVID-19


MONTPELIER, Vt. (NEWS10) — Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was among more than a half-dozen guests at a live virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The one-hour town hall also explored what the future holds for the region’s economy, from education and child care to medicine and farming. Hosted by Local 44/Fox anchor Lauren Maloney, the event aired Wednesday at 7 p.m. on Local 44 and Local 22/ABC and WTEN/ABC in Albany, NY. livestreamed the event, which was full of viewer-submitted questions.

The town hall opened with a review of the latest developments in the battle against the pandemic. Welch and Maloney then discussed issues related to the reopening of Vermont’s economy and federal assistance for the state.

Maloney then posed questions submitted by viewers. Along with Welch, participants included:

  • Dr. Mark Levine: Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health
  • Tom Torti: President and CEO of Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
  • Claudio Fort: President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center
  • Yaw Obeng: Superintendent of Burlington School District
  • Gary Derr: Vice President for Operations and Public Safety, University of Vermont

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