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VDH: COVID hospitalizations high, increase, two more deaths for 282

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 5:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Health is reporting two more COVID-19 deaths since Friday for 282 statewide, with 78 new cases, 33 hospitalized and 12 in the ICU. Hospitalizations were up two from yesterday and ICU stays were up one. Daily case counts have fallen over the last week as hospitalizations have remained relatively high.

Legislators commemorate Labor Day with commitment to bold action in 2022

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A group of Vermont legislators are calling for "bold progressive legislation" to support working Vermonters this Labor Day. In the second year of a pandemic that has devastated the economy and many families’ lives, they are committed to increasing access to affordable housing, income-based education financing, health insurance and mental health care, and secure pensions.

Vermont Supreme Court extends Judicial Emergency through November 1, increased masking

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 10:22am -- tim
New Administrative Directive calls for increased mask wearing in buildings

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Supreme Court has once again amended its order declaring a Judicial Emergency. Administrative Order 49, which was originally adopted in March of 2020, has been amended numerous times in order to ensure the Judiciary continues to be responsive to public health guidance relating to COVID-19.

VAAFM: Funding for energy production and efficiency

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 3:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Reducing energy costs through increased efficiency or on-site renewable energy production is a goal for many agricultural producers and rural small businesses. And while the payback is often substantial for these kinds of projects, both from cost savings and reduced environmental impact, initial project costs present significant barriers.  The good news: USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program can help.

‘I Love To Say Yes’: Russ Scully and HULA

Sun, 09/05/2021 - 3:18pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine It was a sun-splashed late spring day with a light breeze whipping up the waters of Lake Champlain. A couple of intrepid windsurfers were plowing through the waves. And in the parking lot of HULA, the new multi-million dollar high-tech business Xanadu in Burlington’s South End, the man who created it, Russ Scully, rode in on a bicycle to talk. Tall, blond, tanned, incredibly fit, with cheekbones that look like they could cut glass and wearing flip-flops, Scully, 52, looks like a surfer dude and talks like a buttoned-down businessman. That he happens to be both is one of the engaging mysteries about him.

16th Annual Kelly Brush Ride rolls on September 11

Sat, 09/04/2021 - 4:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 900 cyclists are expected to roll in the 16th annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling Vacations on September 11 in Middlebury, Vermont. The ride’s longer routes loop though Charlotte. The ride is the Kelly Brush Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event focused on the foundation’s mission to improve the lives of those with spinal cord injury through sports and recreation.

Pandemic unemployment programs end Saturday

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 5:17pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine This week marks the last full week of the federal pandemic unemployment benefits. The benefits extended regular UI payments, included “gig” workers with the PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) program and added $300 a week to all claimants who lost work because COVID-19. Whether workers coming off unemployment will help fill holes in the workforce was a question before the Delta variant hit in early July. Now there is evidence that Delta is indeed keeping workers away.

CMS evaluates Vermont All-Payer Model: Early results are 'promising'

Fri, 09/03/2021 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an evaluation and summary of findings of the first two performance years (2018 and 2019) of Vermont’s All-Payer Model (APM), finding promising results that indicate the APM and Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization, OneCare Vermont, are on the right track toward transforming the way health care is paid for and delivered.