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VDH: 52 Covid-19 cases reported, over 1,100 tested

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 5:37pm -- tim

Vermont Department of Health As of 2 pm Sunday, there are 52 positive cases in Vermont, an increase of 3 from Saturday. This number could change by the end of the day today. There are still no reported cases in the Northeast Kingdom or Lamoille or Grand Isle Counties. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and mild illness, you can stay home and treat your symptoms. Not everyone needs to be tested. Testing is not treatment and we have limited ability to test. Newly added to the list of travelers who should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days are people returning from Malaysia or from a cruise.Call the Health Department at 802-863-7240 for monitoring information. If you have symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing call your health care provider.

Sunday update from Mayor Weinberger on COVID-19

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 1:36pm -- tim

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger I know it is challenging to awake to headlines from around the world and around the state that the COVID-19 crisis is deepening. My expectation is that it is going to be this way for a while. At the same time, Burlingtonians should be that reassured huge efforts are under way to care for the sick and slow the spread of the virus, and the country’s plan for short-term relief and then economic recovery when the storm has passed are taking shape.

New RRMC Pharmacy prescription pick-up policy

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Rutland Regional Medical Center has had to implement changes to its Retail Pharmacy Pickup and Visitor Restriction policy. We greatly appreciate how everyone has continued to adapt to the fluidity of this situation and we will continue to share the most updated information to the community as it becomes available.

RRMC Pharmacy Prescription Pick-Up

Tebbetts: Farmers and food business lead Vermont in the age of the new normal

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 12:32pm -- tim

by Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts Agriculture has quietly gone about its business for decades. Stores shelves have always been stocked with an endless supply of milk, meat, produce and so much more. The picture changed overnight when COVID-19 entered our world. Consumers rushed to make sure they had enough food as they began to self-isolate in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. 

DPS encourages Vermonters to avoid disinformation during pandemic

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 4:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In times of crisis, separating fact from fiction is more important than ever. But doing so can also be more difficult. That’s why the Vermont Department of Public Safety strongly encourages residents to avoid spreading rumors, speculation and disinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Vermonters should turn to trusted sources including their municipal and state governments, established local and national news outlets, and fact-checking and myth-busting resources from federal authorities.

VDH announces 16 new COVID-19 cases, 7 at Burlington rehab

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 6:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Saturday reported 16 new positive cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 statewide. Seven of those cases are residents of the Burlington Health & Rehabilitation Center (BHR). Health Department epidemiologists have been on site and issued updated guidance for this facility and all long-term care facilities statewide with a known infection. Health officials have also spoken with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Week 10 - Leonine Legislative Update

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 11:47am -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs As with all aspects of life in Vermont, the tenth week of the 2020 legislative session was unprecedented in nature and unlike any week in modern history. The novel COVID-19 pandemic caused the Vermont statehouse to shut down. In the grand scheme of things this was a minor event because over the past week Governor Phil Scott has ordered the shut-down of the state’s schools, licensed child care centers, bars and restaurants and prohibited non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people as the virus spreads rapidly throughout the state. Hospitals and healthcare providers are bracing for what is expected to be a wave of infections that will strain resources while large portions of the workforce grapple with sudden unemployment. Vermonters are being encouraged to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible.

Sanders leads 165 members of Congress in calling for billions in community health center funding

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 9:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) led 165 lawmakers in calling on House and Senate leadership to dramatically increase long-term funding for community health centers (CHCs) in the third coronavirus legislative package being drafted by Congress to address the immediate economic and public-health emergency needs caused by the pandemic.

Mayor updates the public on Burlington’s response to COVID-19

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Weinberger on Thursday shared the following update with the public regarding COVID-19 in Burlington. Good afternoon. I want to start by acknowledging what a challenging time this is for everyone. Hourly workers, parents of young children and children of elderly parents, health care workers, grocery store workers, first responders, renters and homeowners and people experiencing homelessness, small business operators and large companies, the young and the old, officials at all levels of government – all of us – are facing issues that just a couple weeks ago would have been difficult to imagine.

As COVID-19 response evolves, Scott outlines support for businesses, employees

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 5:33pm -- tim

by Rachel Feldman, Vermont Business Magazine The wellbeing of Vermonters, students, Vermont businesses and employees in the face of COVID-19 was apparent in both the words and actions at Governor Phil Scott’s Friday press conference in Montpelier. Joined with Scott at 6-foot intervals were Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith, Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle, and other state officials, making it clear that all were respecting “social distancing” while presenting a united front during this pandemic.