MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has asked state officials to designate the currently suspended downtown Middlebury rail bridges project as a “critical infrastructure” job, which would allow construction to resume without further delay. Plans originally called for a March 30 start for replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel. But that date was pushed back to April 15 as a result of Gov. Phil Scott’s coronavirus-related “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on March 25. Project boosters have been hoping to...

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has doubled, from three to six, its number of “negative-pressure” rooms in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients that could come within the next two weeks, officials said on Tuesday. Negative-pressure rooms are designed to prevent potentially contaminated air from spreading to other areas of the hospital. Lower air pressure in a patient’s room allows air to flow into the room but not escape from it. While the local hospital’s census as of Tuesday included no coronavirus-positive patients, Porter officials are gaining experience with the malady, which has...
MIDDLEBURY — It is not surprising that doctors and first responders on the front lines of the effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic are wearing facemasks to protect themselves around contagious individuals. But officials have been telling members of the general public that they didn’t need masks when grocery shopping or stepping out in public. Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reconsidering that advice, according to news reports. Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, government officials this week could update their advice and suggest...
MIDDLEBURY — With their practice seeing emergency patients only, Drs. Dan and Diane DaPolito at Middlebury Eye Associates have found some time to help the community in a small way. Commerce for the office is limited to curbside pick up of glasses and contact lenses, and only two staff members and one doctor are there. The Little Free Library, a box in front of the office that is stocked with free books to take and leave, became a cause for concern. “I emptied the books out of the Little Free Library over a week ago because I felt disinfecting them effectively was not really possible,”...
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.
SPONSORED CONTENT 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...


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