COVID-19

03/23/2020
VERGENNES — Municipal, first response and other officials in the Vergennes area held an online meeting Friday to workout details of their response to the COVID-19 crisis. Eighteen people attended the meeting, included officials from Panton, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes; the Addison Northwest School District; Vergennes Area Rescue Squad (VARS); Bixby Library; and Vergennes Partnership, plus Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes. At the meeting: •  City Manager Daniel Hofman said city Department of Public Works employees had been restricted to “only essential work.” He noted that many are also...
03/23/2020
As I write this editorial this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., here are some thoughts and current facts about COVID-19, Vermont and the state of our lives:  • First, as of late afternoon, the Vermont Health Department had registered 52 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 49 the day before. A gain of only three is somewhat reassuring. Prior to that, from Thursday to Saturday, the number had doubled from low 20s to 49. Vermonters do have the ability to limit the worst of this pandemic if we practice social distancing with serious intent. So far in Vermont, 1,158 people have been...

DR. JOHN R. BRUMSTEAD
03/23/2020
For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move with an abundance of caution and take important measures to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. From across the globe, and now in the United States, we are seeing examples of how important it is to act responsibly and swiftly, and we must, too. As we focus on the health and safety of our...
03/23/2020
In the last year and a half I had two strokes and was debilitated in many ways. I was not afraid of sharing this news with the world; in fact I wrote about it in this newspaper and shared it on social media. The response from this amazing community was kindness, generosity, and support.  So I am confused as to why the public has to be kept in the dark about COVID-19 patients. I don’t need to know someone’s name, but some details would be important to know. Last week it was reported someone at a college sporting event tested positive, but they were not a threat. What event were they at? How is...
03/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has had to modify its school breakfast/lunch delivery program based on new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, which helps underwrite the program. Here’s a message that was sent out to the ACSD community on Friday by district Business Manager Brittany Gilman: “ACSD schools will be closed at least through April 3, and the Addison Central School District is committed to continuing to feed our students. We need to update our delivery method for meals based on USDA guidelines. In addition, we have received more requests for...
03/20/2020
VERMONT — UVM Health Network produced this PSA featuring Dr. Tim Lahey. It urges people to stay home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This is a critical message UVM health network is hoping to share as we try to stop the spread of the virus. 
03/20/2020
Leaders from the Town of Middlebury, Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College addressed this letter to the community on Thursday. —————— Dear Members of the Middlebury Community, We write in our leadership roles for the town of Middlebury and the larger community of Addison County to share information in the unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak. This is an extraordinary moment facing our planet, our nation, our state, and our local community. The most important thing we can do as leaders of the Select Board, Porter Medical Center, and Middlebury College is collaborate and...
03/19/2020
Vermont marked its first deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday. Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine announced the two deaths during a press conference Thursday evening. One was a Windsor County man in his 90s who had been hospitalized at the VA’'s medical center in White River Junction, Levine said. The second was a woman who lived at the Burlington Health & Rehab elderly care facility. “Both were very elderly,” Levine said, adding that he hoped Vermont would not see more deaths. Scott said it was a reminder about the importance of the precautions Vermont has put in...

TWO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS at Porter Medical Center’s by-appointment-only drive-through test center smiled for a picture after swabbing a five-year-old’s nose to test her for COVID-19. Independent photo/Megan James
03/19/2020
Let me start by saying this: Please don’t just drop into the drive-through test center at Porter Medical Center. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 — fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath — please call your primary care physician first. The test center is by appointment only. My kids started coughing on Sunday. By Monday, 5-year-old Joni’s cough was deep and hacking and… terrifying. When she developed a fever that night, it was hard for her dad and I to stay calm. We gave her Tylenol, put her to bed and planned to call her pediatrician in the morning.  Around 8 a.m. we tried calling...
03/19/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — While Addison County residents this week continued to adjust to health-and-safety restrictions to avoid contracting COVID-19, dozens of area businesses began suffering the economic impacts of a disease that on Wednesday afflicted its first local patient. Gov. Phil Scott earlier this week issued a series of executive orders that closed schools, bars and substantially curtailed operations at restaurants and child care centers. All of this was aimed at enforcing a new expressions that’s enveloped our lexicon — “social distancing” — in an effort to inhibit a disease that as of...

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