COVID-19

I drove by a farm and garden supply store in Addison County this morning and noticed the doors were open and cars in their parking lot. Their voicemail says that curbside pick-up is available but that the store is still open to the public.   Products related to animal husbandry are a necessity but those items can be purchased ahead of time and gotten by curbside pick-up. Flowering Crabapples, tulip bulbs, Carhartts and decorative clay pots are not necessities, however. I’m aware that there are other necessary items, i.e.: water softener salts, but please bear with me because I’m making a...
I am an ER doc. I am lucky. I work in a place where I get the chance to help people when they are worried, sick, or in pain. I get to work with members of an incredible healthcare team and solve mysteries, provide reassurance, and feel connected to my community in ways that many do not. It is a gift and a privilege to do this. Thank you for this gift.  I have worked in the Porter Emergency Department for 12 years. The “guy” who hired me, Dr. Fred Kniffin, handed me his ED director job in 2012 as he moved upwards in the ranks of administration. As you might imagine, he is a really hard act to...
The virus sweeping the country is tragic, but I think it raises some important questions: Do we need to heighten vigilance and planning for events such as these? Investing in coordinated planning at all levels of government might have prepared us for this crisis. Do we need to invest in regional stockpiles of critical items such Personal Protective Equipment and other supplies typically needed in emergencies ranging from epidemics to severe weather events? There can be a schedule or rotation back into the marketplace so the stockpiles are kept up-to-date and costs at a minimum. We can’t...
Nature has let loose an irresistible toxic agent against our species in the form of a virus, COVID-19. It is encircling the world, and many will be harmed or die because of it. However, our situation is not hopeless, although it is critical. We possess resources, scientific and industrial, by which we can stem the tide and, perhaps, even reverse the course of this deadly agent, but we must use them wisely, in good measure, and with all deliberate speed.  It is also becoming evident that the threat of COVID-19 will not go away anytime soon or ever. We face a long-term, recurring crisis. To...
SPONSORED CONTENT A Letter to our Porter and Wider Community, I am grateful.  The current Porter Medical Center campus is oddly quiet, but the energy and purpose in the activities that are happening here is truly inspirational.  Every member of this hospital, nursing home and the practices are working tirelessly to prepare for something we can only imagine could be a life changing event in our community. And what is the fuel that keeps us moving forward?  All of you. I see the signs of community support on the windows of houses, on the trees, and in the yards.  Fuel.  I hear about the...
I am an ER doc. I am lucky. I work in a place where I get the chance to help people when they are worried, sick, or in pain. I get to work with members of an incredible healthcare team and solve mysteries, provide reassurance, and feel connected to my community in ways that many do not. It is a gift and a privilege to do this. Thank you for this gift. I have worked in the Porter Emergency Department for 12 years. The “guy” who hired me, Dr. Fred Kniffin, handed me his ED director job in 2012 as he moved upwards in the ranks of administration. As you might imagine, he is a really hard act to...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health on Tuesday, March 31, reported that a total of 23 Addison County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, up from the 21 confirmed cases Monday. Statewide, 293 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. Thirteen Vermonters have died from the disease. Another 237 patients are being monitored, while 556 have completed monitoring. The Vermont Department of Health had conducted 4,250 COVID-19 tests as of today. Chittenden County has reported the most coronavirus cases, with 152, according to the DOH. Addison County has the...
VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday said Vermont “strongly discourages” incoming travel from coronavirus hotspots in the Northeast, directing “non-essential” travelers from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The governor, speaking at a press conference, said that the change to his earlier “stay home” order followed new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for those states advising residents to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.” “Here’s what I want everyone to understand, if you don’t need to come to Vermont, please don’t,” the governor said...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health today, Monday, March 30, reported that a total of 21 Addison County residents had tested positive for COVID-19, up from the 15 confirmed cases this past weekend. Statewide, 256 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far. Twelve Vermonters have died from the disease. Another 219 patients are being monitored, while 546 have completed monitoring. The Vermont Department of Health had conducted 3,930 COVID-19 tests as of today. Chittenden County has reported the most coronavirus cases, with 133, according to the DOH. Addison County...

Many grocery stores are banning the use of reusable bags by customers. Critics point to scientific studies that don't support the need for such a move. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
ADDISON COUNTY — A growing number of grocery stores and other food retailers, including some in Addison County, have banned reusable shopping bags from their stores, hoping it will slow the spread of coronavirus. Health officials and lawmakers are saying that such bans are not warranted. One store that has instituted a ban is the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC). “In an effort to promote community health, we have made the decision to follow the recommendations of the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association to temporarily suspend the use of reusable bags and containers,” wrote MNFC...

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