COVID-19

03/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health today, Saturday, March 28, reported that a total of 15 Addison County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, up from the 12 confirmed cases yesterday. Statewide, 211 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. Twelve Vermonters have died from the disease. Another 304 patients are being monitored. The Vermont Department of Health had conducted 2,374 COVID-19 tests as of today. Chittenden County has reported the most coronavirus cases, with 105, according to the DOH. Windsor County has the second most, with 18, followed by 15...
03/27/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Here are lists of businesses in Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes, and their contact information. The Bristol and Middlebury lists include the latest COVID-19 status of each business, including new hours of operation and take-out opportunities. The information here was mostly obtained through the Better Middlebury Partnership, Bristol CORE and Vergennes Partnership websites. We will do our best to update this information regularly. Middlebury Here’s a list of Middlebury businesses in groupings of Restaurants & Tasting Rooms, Shops and Lodging. Businesses are listed...

SOME JOBS NATURALLY involve social distancing. John Swepston of Swepston Arbor Works (SAW) doesn’t want anyone to get too close while he cuts up a tree and runs it through a chipper in Middlebury on Friday. Independent photo/John S. McCright
03/27/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The two largest building-supply firms in the center of Addison County — rk Miles in Middlebury and Goodro Lumber Co. Inc in East Middlebury — have changed or are changing the way they do business after Gov. Phil Scott’s order to shut down non-essential ventures by end of day Wednesday. And the firm’s owners agree on the impact on the area contractors, carpenters, plumbers and builders — their major customers. Goodro co-owner Mark Thomas said contractors are pulling up stakes at their jobsites and heading home, and so are his employees.  “All of them (contractors) I know...
03/27/2020
VERMONT — While Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order has affected the majority of businesses around the county and state, the state and federal governments have in the past week made moves intended to help firms and workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Those include allowing delays on tax payments and boosting benefits of and relaxing obligations and penalties on unemployment insurance. Starting with the most recent actions and in Vermont:  • On March 24, the Vermont Legislature passed H.742, which addresses unemployment insurance (UI) and benefits issues during the COVID-19 crisis...
03/27/2020
Editor's note: Addison County State Sen. Ruth Hardy posted this on Wednesday evening. As you likely know, the Governor issued a "Stay Safe, Stay Home" order that took effect today at 5:00pm. The order requires businesses and non-profit organizations that are not critical to the public health and safety, as well as economic and national security, to suspend in-person business operations. Individuals are directed to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons such as personal safety; groceries or medicine; curbside pick-up of goods, meals or beverages; medical care; exercise; care of...
03/27/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont tax authorities have loosed up deadlines that businesses and individuals must meet for filing taxes. Gov. Phil Scott has directed the Commissioner of Taxes to exercise his authority to provide relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax until further notice. Many local businesses find themselves unable to meet the March 25 and April 25 filing deadlines due to the implementation of mitigation steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taxpayers who are unable to meet the deadlines will not be charged any penalty or interest on these taxes for...
03/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Phil Scott on March 25 issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order limits in-person operations for all “non-essential” businesses. But what does that really mean? The Scott administration clearly spells out what it deems to be essential and non-essential businesses in 10-page list that can be found by clicking here. Enterprises exempt from the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order include – but are not limited to – health care operations; retail serving essential human needs, like grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores; fuel products and supply; maintenance of critical...
03/26/2020
VERMONT — Governor Phil Scott today directed schools to remain dismissed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Districts will close schools for in-person instruction and be required to implement continuity of learning plans for remote learning. This extends the Governor’s previous directive dismissing PreK-12 schools from March 18 to April 6.  This decision was made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the Agency of Education in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To minimize disruption to students’ learning, the Governor’s order directs school...
03/26/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In its COVID-19 newsletter on Thursday, Porter Medical Center said that it was now accepting hand sewn mask donations. We have been so grateful for our community’s outpouring of support to Porter Medical Center in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. While we currently have enough supplies on hand to care for our community right now, in order to build a strategic reserve we are now accepting donations of hand sewn masks. Donated masks can be dropped off at the Round Robin...
03/26/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project won’t begin on Monday, March 30, as had previously been reported. Instead, that work won’t be permitted to kick off until April 15, as prescribed by Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on Wednesday, March 25. Jim Gish, Middlebury’s liaison to the rail bridges project, had initially reported that work on this and other critical transportation infrastructure would be exempt from Scott’s order. So the Independent reported in its Thursday, March 26, edition that work would kick off on March 30...

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