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...
MIDDLEBURY — Work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project won’t begin on Monday, March 30, as had previously been reported. Instead, that work won’t be permitted to kick off until April 15, as prescribed by Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on Wednesday, March 25.
Jim Gish, Middlebury’s liaison to the rail bridges project, had initially reported that work on this and other critical transportation infrastructure would be exempt from Scott’s order. So the Independent reported in its Thursday, March 26, edition that work would kick off on March 30...
MIDDLEBURY — Four members of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team received postseason honors.
Junior defenseman Tucker Stearns was named a First Team Division I All-Star.
Three Tigers, forwards Hale Hescock and Devon Kearns and goalie Zeke Hooper were named to the Rotary Senior All-Star Game. The game was not played this year.
A message from Ron Hallman on behalf of The Porter Senior Leadership Team:
This morning while rounding in the hospital, I saw this poster taped to the wall in one of our public corridors. I actually stopped walking and paused—something that very few of us have been able to do during the last few weeks.
Over the next few seconds I found myself filled with a deep sense of pride and appreciation for the way our Porter community, and our larger community, are coming together to support each other and to care for our patients, our residents and each other. Whether you are...
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on March 18 implemented a more rigorous visitation police aimed at reducing the chances of patients, staff and the general public contracting the coronavirus.
All patients and visitors are required to enter the hospital through the Emergency Department.
All Patients and Visitors will be screened in the Emergency Department vestibule.
Employee Badge readers will be enabled on the following access points for Staff entry: Emergency Department, “North Entrance” (main entrance for staff entering from the North parking lot), “East Stairwell Door” near the medical...
MIDDLEBURY — Concerns about the spread of coronavirus prompted the Charter House Coalition (CHC) to close its warming shelter on Saturday, March 21, but homeless individuals continued to be served in Addison County. The CHC sent its remaining guests to local motels and hotels, including the Courtyard by Marriott, and the John Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes continues to keep its doors open.
Doug Sinclair, CHC co-director, explained the traffic in and out of the shelter made the shelter too vulnerable to COVID-19 contagion. The shelter accommodates overnight guests who are served by...
ROBBIE MILLER, KITCHEN manager of Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in Middlebury, chats with two guests on Thursday. Shelters in Middlebury and Vergennes are changing protocols to continue to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Independent photo Steve James
UPDATE: The Charter House warming shelter has closed. Click here to read the story.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County homeless shelters continue to stay open for business, and they’re working in concert with area lodgers to house those most apt to get very sick if they were to contract the coronavirus.
JOHN GRAHAM SHELTER
John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS) can accommodate up to 25 homeless individuals at its Vergennes shelter. In addition, the nonprofit owns and operates a combined total of 12 affordable apartment units in Vergennes, Middlebury and Bristol.
As usual, JGHS is full, but...
The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is cause for concern but not panic. The UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center is working with the Vermont State Health Department and our Network colleagues to coordinate our preparedness efforts based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our highest priority remains providing safe, quality care for all of our patients.
New Limitations to Visitors and Outpatient Appointments
We have made significant changes to our visitor policies at the hospital and...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has had to modify its school breakfast/lunch delivery program based on new guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture, which helps underwrite the program.
Here’s a message that was sent out to the ACSD community on Friday by district Business Manager Brittany Gilman:
“ACSD schools will be closed at least through April 3, and the Addison Central School District is committed to continuing to feed our students. We need to update our delivery method for meals based on USDA guidelines. In addition, we have received more requests for...
Leaders from the Town of Middlebury, Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College addressed this letter to the community on Thursday.
Dear Members of the Middlebury Community,
We write in our leadership roles for the town of Middlebury and the larger community of Addison County to share information in the unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak. This is an extraordinary moment facing our planet, our nation, our state, and our local community. The most important thing we can do as leaders of the Select Board, Porter Medical Center, and Middlebury College is collaborate and...