COVID-19

VERGENNES — Obtaining enough protective gear for first responders, police and volunteers, and offering help for the psychological well-being of local residents were focal points of the latest online meeting of municipal, school and nonprofit officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Waltham and New Haven on Friday morning. The meeting, attended by two dozen, was the latest in a series begun by city officials that have been increasingly embraced by their neighbors in order to coordinate responses, resources and messaging to residents during the COVID-19 crisis.  PROTECTIVE GEAR...
ADDISON COUNTY — Officials at Addison County Home Health and Hospice are reacting to reports that some agencies in other parts of the country are discontinuing their home care services. According to Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” order last week, agencies like ACHHH provide services deemed critical to public health and safety. “We are following all appropriate precautions as required by the Center for Disease Control and the Vermont Department of Health,” said ACHHH Director of Development Maureen Conrad. “We are also in daily contact with Porter Hospital and the Visiting Nurses...
SPONSORED CONTENT March 25, 2020   Dear Members of our Porter Medical Center Community,   Over the last month, Porter Medical Center’s team of health care professionals has been hard at work to assure our readiness to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our commitment is to continue communicating with you to share the steps we are taking to keep you and our staff safe, in addition to local developments as they occur. You can rely on our website and Facebook page for the most current updates. Today, however, I wanted to pause and to thank you for the outpouring of support that we have seen...
MIDDLEBURY — As grocery stores make efforts to ensure the safety of their employees and customers, an employee at Shaw’s supermarket in Middlebury is being treated for a confirmed case of COVID-19. The employee has not worked at the Middlebury store on Washington Street since March 20, according to a media statement from the Albertson Companies, the corporate owners of the Shaw’s chain. The store has been through multiple cycles of enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting process since that day. “In an abundance of caution, we conducted a thorough cleaning and disinfection,” in the...

JASMINE LITTLE, KAITLYN Little and Sydney Adreon of Vergennes have put together a Facebook page where Vermonters can share fun and encouraging messages about how they are managing social distancing. They have also set up a “Spirit Week” that begins on Monday.
VERGENNES — Two sisters and a friend, who have been quarantining together at home in Vergennes, have begun an effort to create a sense of unity among their peers, and all Vermonters, who are feeling separated by the social distancing measures in place. Jasmine Little and Kaitlyn Little (students at Vergennes Union High School) and friend Sydney Adreon (a Rice Memorial High School student) have created the idea of a statewide/national “quarantine/distance learning” spirit week, with each day of the coming week devoted to a different topic. “We have noticed how much the state needs some light...
Even as the University of Vermont Health Network prepares for a surge of COVID-19 patients, some hospital employees will face reduced pay, fewer hours, or layoffs. The staffing changes come as part of an effort to minimize risk to employees, conserve protective gear, and prioritize care for coronavirus patients in the coming weeks, according to Stephen Leffler, president and chief operating officer of UVM Medical Center. In a letter to staff Thursday, hospital officials warned of the deluge they expect to face. As COVID-19 overwhelms health care workers in New York City hospitals, “we will be...
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 13 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...

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
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...
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...
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...

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