COVID-19

03/16/2020
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....
03/16/2020
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
03/16/2020
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...
03/14/2020
VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, taking action to limit the size of public gatherings and suspending some regulations to bolster the health care workforce.  The measure also restricts the number of visitors at psychiatric and elderly care facilities, and expands unemployment insurance to apply to Vermonters who are required to self-isolate or quarantine.  [Read the governor’s full executive order.] There are still only two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Vermont, but the Scott administration stressed the importance of...

PROJECT INDEPENDENCE PARTICIPANT Marlene Hoag gets some hand washing assistance from Elderly Services staffer Vanessa Wolff on Thursday. Elderly Services and other senior-care organizations in the county have enacted new visitation rules and more rigorous hygiene practices in an effort to protect clients from the coronavirus. Independent photo/John S. McCright
03/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Local organizations serving the elderly have begun to restrict access to their facilities in an effort to prevent their senior clients from contracting the coronavirus. The coronavirus — which causes the disease COVID-19 — had not officially touched Addison County as the Independent went to press on Friday. But its impact is being felt in terms of events cancellations and consumers changing their habits in an effort to reduce mingling with large groups of people, where the virus could be spread. While the majority of coronavirus cases worldwide have been described as “mild,”...
03/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation (HPHR) on March 12 began limiting visitors to cases involving terminally ill patients, with exceptions for situations when a visitor is deemed essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. The new Helen Porter coronavirus-driven policy is based on national Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and a new UVM Health Network-wide visitor policy that was finalized on the same day and distributed to all network affiliate employees. Porter Medical Center, including Helen Porter, is a part of the broader UVM Health Network...
03/14/2020
VERMONT — The universe has found yet another way to ding dairy farmers. Global disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease have reduced demand for dairy overseas and in the U.S., and milk prices are declining as a result. “We’re seeing significant impacts right now,” said Agri-Mark Chief Economist Catherine de Ronde during a phone interview late last week. “It’s been happening for about six weeks.” Boston Blend milk prices climbed steadily in the last quarter of 2019, from $18.72 per hundredweight (cwt) in October to $19.28 cwt in December, but the coronavirus...

THE MARQUEE AT Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater says it all — the active venue, which can accommodate hundreds of people at a time, has cancelled its schedule for the time being.
03/14/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The threat of the coronavirus is prompting cancellation of many activities that would require a gathering of people. One need only look at the Addison Independent calendar to see that events, meetings, church services and other activities have either been postponed, or will be held “virtually,” over social media platforms. As the threat from the novel coronavirus sunk in late last week, many people heeded the advice to create more social distance, exercise proper hygiene and, critically, not panic. Even the Vermont Legislature announced it would suspend it session for at...
03/12/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Local school officials are closely monitoring the arrival of the coronavirus in Vermont. None have plans to close schools at this point, but all say they will follow state guidelines that could result in school closures down the line. It is unclear at this point the likelihood of a local elementary or high school closing. Area school district leaders said this week they will follow Vermont Department of Health recommendations in deciding whether to call off trips and other events or close schools to ward off the threat posed by COVID-19, the disease spread by new form of...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School student is but one of several Addison County residents to undergo testing for potential coronavirus infection, though fortunately no one locally has thus far tested positive for the disease that is sweeping across the globe. Forty Vermonters had been tested for coronavirus as of Tuesday, with one confirmed case on Bennington, according to a March 10 briefing from the Vermont Department of Health. State officials confirmed 226 Vermonters are being monitored for virus symptoms. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed 647 cases nationwide...

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