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Vermont to get $1 million from FEMA to cover COVID admin costs

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 3:54pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1 million to the State of Vermont to reimburse the state for administrative costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development will receive a total of $1,049,791 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to cover the costs of administering grants FEMA provided to the state to reimburse the costs of implementing food distribution programs providing meals to those in need and who were affected by the pandemic.

Vermont to partner with NIH to ‘Test’ online delivery of 500,000 rapid COVID-19 tests

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 3:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that beginning next week the State of Vermont will use a program developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to deliver 500,000 recently acquired rapid COVID-19 tests to households across the state. The program will surge rapid tests into communities and serve as a pilot to help state officials assess a broader delivery model where residents order tests online and have them delivered to their home. This is similar to a system President Biden has said the federal government will use to make rapid tests more readily available later in the month of January, but this program is in addition to that federal effort.

Leahy: Reflections on the significance of the January 6 attack on US Capitol

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:52pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy These are among the most somber and sorrowful remarks that I have had to make as President Pro Tempore and in my several decades of service in this body. What an unthinkable event it is that we are marking today.  An attempted coup incited not against a president, but by a president, who promoted and still promotes a litany of lies, to overturn the results of an election in order for him to hold on to power that he no longer possesses.  We are in the business of words, but there are none to adequately capture the damage that he and his henchmen have done and are doing to our country.

Intake quarantine testing again detects COVID case at St Albans prison

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections detected one new incarcerated case of COVID-19 during intake quarantine at Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans. The testing was conducted January 4. As of Thursday morning, five incarcerated individuals are considered positive across three Vermont facilities, all of which were identified in intake quarantine. Statewide, 41 positive staff cases currently exist across six correctional facilities, six field offices, and Central Office.

Vermont launches 12-15 booster effort

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced that the State has opened registration for COVID-19 booster shots for children 12 to 15 years old, following approval by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky late Wednesday night. This age group can receive their Pfizer booster as early as five months after their second Pfizer dose. Children ages 16 and 17 have already been eligible for a Pfizer booster but can now also get their booster shot as soon as five months after the second dose.

Vermont gasoline prices hold at average of $3.35

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont gasoline prices today held at $3.35 a gallon from last week, according to vermontgasprices.com (GasBuddy). They are 5 cents less than a month ago and $1.11 more than a year ago. Nationally, prices are up 2 cents from last week to $3.30, down 5 cents from last month and up $1.00 from last year.

The lowest prices in Vermont can be found in Middlebury ($3.15/g) and the highest prices are in Addison ($3.59/g).

Why Vermonters aren’t getting vaccinated

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 10:28am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Coronavirus cases are rising and a new variant has quickly spread across the country. Still, millions of Americans remain unvaccinated and say they have no plans to change that. Online insurance broker QuoteWizard looked at the latest data on vaccine hesitancy. They found that concerns over side effects, government mistrust and indifference are the main reasons why people aren’t getting vaccinated. In Vermont, the reasons follow a similar pattern to the national data: 54% are worried about side effects; 36% are waiting to see if it’s safe; 26% don’t trust COVID-19 vaccines; 28% don’t trust the government; 11% don’t believe COVID is a threat.

iSun gets $29.3 million contract for solar canopy design for EV charging stations

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 9:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company based in Williston, announced Wednesday that it has been selected to design and deliver an expected total of 1,780 off-grid solar canopies to be located at EV charging stations. iSun has 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services and a provider of proprietary electric vehicle charging platforms

Schubart: The fragile state of Vermont media

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 8:56am -- tim

by Bill Schubart “The oldest weekly newspaper in Vermont is on its last legs.” The Boston Globe reported in Mid-December of the Vermont Standard of Woodstock. The Vermont media landscape is in turmoil. The technologies of news-gathering and presentation are merging and altering the economic support systems for hyper-local, statewide, and national media.

VEC energy transformation incentives continue for 2022

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 6:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is continuing to offer a wide variety of bill credits this year for members who purchase certain electricity-powered devices for their homes or businesses to transition away from fossil fuels. More than 2,700 VEC members have taken advantage of incentives through VEC’s Energy Transformation Program since the co-op began offering them in 2017.

Good news for Vermont rivers statewide, from headwaters to downtown

Thu, 01/06/2022 - 5:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2021 Vermont River Conservancy took on new and larger projects to improve wildlife habitat, keep communities safe, and to ensure people will always have access to rivers for swimming, paddling, and fishing. Vermont boasts hundreds of rivers and streams -- iconic swimming holes and fabled paddlers’ trails that draw more than a half million Vermonters and visitors each year to splash, float, and fish with families and friends. Back in 1995, central Vermont volunteers founded VRC when they saw that more and more “no trespassing” signs were cutting communities off from their beloved rivers.

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