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Health update: record-breaking COVID hospitalizations, scarce at-home test supplies and the ongoing omicron surge

A woman swabs her nostril with a COVID test.
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A woman swabs a nostril with a PCR COVID-19 test at a Vermont Department of Health drive-thru testing site in Barre on Jan. 14, 2022.

Live call-in discussion: Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine joins Vermont Edition this hour to offer the latest on COVID-19 in Vermont, and answer questions related to recent record-breaking hospitalizations (and what those figures mean for hospital capacity in the state); the availability of rapid at-home tests for individuals and those testing through the Agency of Education's new "test at home" program; a tripling of COVID infections in Vermont prisons and more.

Our guest is:

  • Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont's health commissioner.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.