COVID-19

03/26/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Community Food shelf has announced that they will continue to provide services, but will be switching to “outside only” food distribution as a response to the spread of COVID-19.   Volunteers from four local churches — Vergennes Congregational Church (VCC), United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Catholic Church — will box a wide selection of items, including meat, milk and eggs, to be picked up at the VCC’s building at 30 Water Street at the regular times of Tuesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.  The food...
03/26/2020
Call it the silver-lining syndrome, or the bright side of human nature, and we see in the depth of uncertainty and hard times to come the human need to help and prevail.  So it is that three funds sprung up through individual efforts last week to raise $100,000 for local food shelves and homeless shelters, and this week another $50,000 challenge grant was launched by the United Way of Addison County (see story on Page 1A) to help its member agencies meet their needs in the health crisis to come.  We also see three area businesses combine forces to produce 1,600 gallons of hand sanitizer by...
03/26/2020
After 35 years in reporting, I thought I’d been through a lot as a journalist. Martial law in the Philippines. A couple natural disasters — the big ice storm and rampant flooding in Addison County — in 1996. A double-murder/suicide. A visit by the Dalai Lama. Local soldiers deploying (and returning) from wars in the Middle East. A major downtown renovation project: the Middlebury rail bridges project that is still in progress. A train derailment. I’m now adding a new one to the list: COVID-19. The first, and hopefully last, worldwide pandemic I’ll ever have to cover. It is the biggest...
03/24/2020
VERGENNES — At an online Vergennes-area Regional COVID-19 Meeting on Tuesday morning officials heard that the Ferrisburgh Shaw’s Supermarket has taken steps to protect customers and employees. They also worked to pool local municipal and nonprofit email lists to better reach residents and discussed easing late fees on payments for property taxes and dog licenses. Officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison Northwest School District, city and county nonprofits, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, were among the 18 attendees at a meeting hosted by Vergennes City Manager Dan Hofman....
03/24/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday further tightened restrictions on Vermonters by ordering them to restrict and minimize activities outside the home. The Vermont governor late today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The goal of these restrictive measures is to slow the spread of coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease. These actions were implemented in consultation with Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health Dr. Mark Levine and his evaluation of the latest data. “I want...
03/24/2020
I wasn’t sure what this column should be about. Then, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to write it. Last week, I thought, “Everyone’s writing about the new coronavirus, so perhaps I shouldn’t. Maybe my column can be a refreshing break from the news of the world.” But it quickly became clear that to write about anything other than the COVID-19 pandemic that’s sweeping the world would be to ignore an enormous elephant in the room, as the number of confirmed cases rose across the nation and entered Vermont, and as the first Addison County resident tested positive.  As the COVID-19 numbers climbed...
03/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury released the following statement from Middlebury Police Chief and Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley yesterday regarding rumors swirling about COVID-19.  There have been efforts recently to propagate fear and dissention in the COVID-19 health crisis. Many rumors are being spread through disinformation originated by both foreign and domestic actors. We recommend that you obtain your information through authentic, reliable sources. The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center distributes a daily bulletin. Information is likewise posted on the Vermont...
03/23/2020
*Update: On Tuesday the number of Addison County cases rose to 8, according to the state Department of Health.* MIDDLEBURY — The state Department of Health announced on Monday, March 23, that a total of 75 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus, including six individuals in Addison County. The number of Addison County cases has surged from one to six since late last week. Statewide, Chittenden County has the most confirmed cases, with 32, according to the DOH. Windsor County is second, with 12, followed by Addison County. Essex and Grand Isle Counties were alone in not having any...
03/23/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT A message from Ron Hallman on behalf of The Porter Senior Leadership Team: This morning while rounding in the hospital, I saw this poster taped to the wall in one of our public corridors. I actually stopped walking and paused—something that very few of us have been able to do during the last few weeks. Over the next few seconds I found myself filled with a deep sense of pride and appreciation for the way our Porter community, and our larger community, are coming together to support each other and to care for our patients, our residents and each other. Whether you are...
03/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on March 18 implemented a more rigorous visitation police aimed at reducing the chances of patients, staff and the general public contracting the coronavirus. All patients and visitors are required to enter the hospital through the Emergency Department. All Patients and Visitors will be screened in the Emergency Department vestibule. Employee Badge readers will be enabled on the following access points for Staff entry: Emergency Department, “North Entrance” (main entrance for staff entering from the North parking lot), “East Stairwell Door” near the medical...

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