MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are thanking the Addison County community for helping the region deal with an initial wave of COVID-19 cases this past spring, but they’re asking residents to not let up on mask wearing and social distancing — especially since cooler weather is pushing people indoors, where the chance for coronavirus transmissions increase.
Porter officials recently shared information on the current state of COVID-19 in the county, how the hospital’s operations have evolved to meet current pandemic conditions, and how/when individuals should seek testing.
After more than...
Dear Middlebury Community,
From the moment we began to live with and through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have said this will be a time like no other in the history of Middlebury.
Our town and campus in Vermont, our communities at Monterey and all of our other schools and programs, and the world at large, are being asked to take on new challenges each day. Even as we navigate these challenges, we must think ahead and prepare for what’s next.
As I walk across our Vermont campus, into the dining halls, past quiet residence halls, by small but lively physically distanced gatherings and pickup games...
Six months have passed since Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency. Our community responded and has driven back COVID-19, to date experiencing the country’s lowest incidence even while finding our way back to dining and recreating. Throughout, we have abided by medical professional’s advice — focus on hygiene, maintain distance and wear masks when we can’t observe distance. Our essential workers proved we can function and live in this environment as long as we observe the necessary precautions and use common sense.
Now our schools and college begin session and it’s critical we not let...
Middlebury’s Return to Campus Guide can be found online here.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College welcomed students back to campus in late August will host residential students this fall as long as it is safe to do so.
Upon their arrival students were immediately tested for COVID-19 and then tested again one week later.
The college will test at least 750 students, faculty or staff every week, and will increase that number if necessary.
Middlebury’s Return to Campus Guide describes the institution’s phased approach to reopening and details health and safety guidelines every member of the college...
Let me be real. Six months in and the pandemic has humbled us all. In both small and large ways, every part of our lives has changed. Daily, we are learning together. Here’s a lesson: Truly inconvenient and deeply challenging events always serve to refocus our attention on the essentials. Seriously, who has room for anything else?
For our healthcare community, COVID-19 has re-affirmed the value of preparation, for responsibility and for the act of caring.
Regarding the virus, locally we’ve been relatively fortunate. Some have suffered terrifically, with more to come. Most are well. Vermonters...
Let’s speak of a vision. As we sit mired in all things COVID, it may be difficult to envision Middlebury in 2021. But let’s look past the pandemic to a place we’d all rather be. As we course through 2021 with a re-invigorated spirit, we won’t accept masking, zoom meetings and social distancing as the “new normal.” The new normal we see will be a brand-new downtown, exciting new technology to reduce energy consumption, the resumption of commerce and economic stability. Medical science will have by then reduced COVID to a has-been, perhaps a seasonal annoyance. Imagine the resumption of spring...
MIDDLEBURY — It takes a lot of planning to reopen a college campus in the middle of a pandemic, and a lot of communication. Naturally, questions will arise.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about Middlebury College’s fall reopening strategy.
How many students are living on campus this semester?
How many students will be living off campus?
When does the fall semester begin and end?
Students began arriving Aug. 18. Classes began Sept. 8. Students will leave campus for good on Nov. 21 and complete the rest of the semester’s coursework remotely.
Consumer studies consistently show that during the COVID-19 pandemic one factor potential customers consider before doing business with a store, company or service is how safe they feel.
One major July study from global research firm Ipsos reached this conclusion:
“More than ever customers are eager to see visible efforts from retailers to implement health and safety protocols.”
The authors added, “Trust is highest among retailers that are making visible efforts in their stores to implement health and safety protocols, including clear reminders and signage.”
Among its findings were that “...
Gov. Phil Scott in mid-August gave communities — particularly college towns — greater latitude in tightening coronavirus-related restrictions if local officials determined such action was necessary to avert a new wave of COVID-19 cases.
Scott’s executive order — made in concert with his extension of the ongoing state of emergency — specifically allows towns to limit:
• The size of gatherings. The legislative body of each city and town may enact local requirements regarding gathering size limitations that are more restrictive than those established by the state
• Alcohol sales. The governor...