COVID-19

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...
MIDDLEBURY — Due to the public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, the Addison Community Athletics Foundation board has decided to close Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) until May 1.  According to a board email, the foundation will consider re-opening MIT sooner if the situation warrants.  In the meantime, however, the decision means all events scheduled at MIT through May 1 have been cancelled or postponed. This includes USTA matches, youth tournaments, potluck socials, MIT and high school team practices, Sunday Family Play, private tennis lessons and group clinics. Nor will the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.   According to a team press release, the team, which had arranged to play its home games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center starting on March 28, “will look to return in 2021.” The release stated the Brew “is acting in lock-step with other professional and collegiate sports leagues and teams.”  “It is with regret that we make this announcement,” said Head Coach and General Manager Claude Flynn. “We have an enormous responsibility to keep our fans and...
ADDISON COUNTY and BRANDON — With the spread of COVID-19 much of the services we are used to are shutting down in one way or another, and public libraries are no exception. Thanks to online technology, however, no one needs to go without a good read, and many libraries are offering services beyond lending books, all at a safe distance. Every library in the Addison Independent coverage area has closed its doors for the time being, adapting strategies to make sure patrons continue to have access without the threat of contamination. Some of them are quite creative, such as the “Library to Go”...

EVELYN HILL, WHO grew up in Middlebury, is living near Turin, Italy, which has a wealth of historic and cultural sights. But she can’t enjoy the city because it is locked down, like the rest of northern Italy, due to coronavirus. Photo courtesy Evelyn Hill
TURIN, Italy — Evelyn Hill lives just outside Turin, Italy — a cultural hub in one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. Turin is known for its art galleries, theaters, museums, restaurants and piazzas, as well as for being a financial powerhouse; the city drives Italy’s automotive industry and is ranked third in the country, behind only Milan and Rome, in terms of economic impact. But these days, life has come to a virtual standstill in Turin and indeed throughout Italy in general, noted Hill, a 26-year-old former Middlebury resident whose mom, Cindy Ellen Hill, is a local lawyer and...
MIDDLEBURY — So many local businesses and organizations have been closing over the last week in response to COVID-19 it is difficult to keep track of them all. To that end, Experience Middlebury and Bristol CORE have each created an online directory where folks can find up-to-the-minute information on the status of local businesses. For Middlebury businesses, click here. For Bristol, click here. The Vergennes Partnership is also updating its Facebook page with business closures in the city. "These are really challenging circumstances for everyone, including our small, locally owned businesses...
Gov. Phil Scott ordered the closing of bars and restaurants across the state effective 2 p.m. on Tuesday. It his administration’s latest effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Vermont. Establishments must remain closed through April 6. In the meantime, restaurants will be allowed to offer takeout and delivery services. The announcement was made on the heels of a decision earlier in the day to ban gatherings of more than 50 people — indoors or outdoors — in gyms, auditoriums, meeting halls, stadiums and arenas. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Vermont doubled to 12 Monday,...
VERMONT — Many pet owners are wondering how the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus could affect their pets. Can they be carriers? Can the get infected? Should they be quarantined? The advice from veterinary care experts, while helpful, is not by any means definitive. At issue is the fact that there just isn’t enough information or studies out there that can shed more than a little light on the subject. A Hong Kong Pomeranian that tested positive for the disease last week has heightened public concern and caused some take actions against dogs based on wrong information....
On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency in Vermont in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has now established several beachheads in this country — most notably a new epicenter is spreading in New Rochelle, N,Y., New York City and neighboring states and into the Boston area. It is already in Vermont and will ramp up sooner than most of us expect. What ALL Vermonters need to understand is that social distancing is critical to preventing a rush of critically ill patients on our health care system. What we have seen in other countries with health care systems better...

MEDICAL ASSISTANT MATTHEW Evans, left, and Registered Nurse Liza Eddy stock supplies at a drive-through COVID-19 testing facility that Porter Hospital set up in its South parking lot this morning in response to the coronavirus emergency. Before heading to the testing center, call your primary care physician if you feel like you are getting sick. Independent photo/Steve James
When this story about a new Porter Medical Center COVID-19 drive through testing service was posted briefly online earlier today some readers failed to read the whole story and headed right to Porter for testing. Don't do that. This testing service is by referral only and community members with symptoms seeking a test should call their primary care provider for information about this service and testing. Don't just show up hoping to get a test; Porter, like all other hospitals, is not equipped to handle drop-ins for COVID-19 testing. MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Monday, March 16, set...

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