Vermont governor calls on public to support local journalism amid pandemic

Vermont governor calls on public to support local journalism amid pandemic
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Vermont's governor implored state residents to support local journalism outfits on Sunday as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S.

In a video message posted to Twitter, Gov. Phil Scott (R) urged Vermonters to "consider subscribing to your local paper or contributing to a VT news organization" in order to receive accurate, up-to-date information about coronavirus prevention efforts in the state.

"Like many in business, trusted news organizations are being hit hard by this pandemic," he tweeted.

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"If you can, please consider subscribing to your local paper or contributing to a VT news organization. You deserve transparency and the truth, and they work hard to keep you informed," Scott added.

At least 235 people have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus in Vermont, which has sickened more than 130,000 nationally. A dozen people have died from complications due to the illness in Vermont.