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Mandatory quarantine for cross-state travel

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the number of counties eligible for quarantine-free travel has dropped to only two, the cross-state travel map is being temporarily suspended effective immediately. A 14-day quarantine – or 7 days followed by a negative COVID-19 test – is now required following any non-essential out-of-state travel by Vermonters and for all travelers entering Vermont from another state. Also, the Vermont Department of Health reported Wednesday morning that the state has set a one day record with 72 new cases of COVID-19, with 11 in Chittenden and Rutland counties and 19 in Washington County.

UVM to research COVID-19 with funding from American Lung Association

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine While the world awaits a viable COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. is seeing a significant increase in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, which climbed up 40 percent in October. To accelerate the search for COVID-19 solutions, the American Lung Association recently announced a $25 million-dollar COVID-19 Action Initiative. As part of this effort, 12 researchers, including University of Vermont (UVM) Professor of Medicine Daniel Weiss, MD, PhD, have been selected as recipients of the inaugural COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Research Award.

Vermont PBS to provide livestream programming

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 10:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS viewers can now enjoy a free, local livestream on the station’s website, PBS’ website, mobile apps, and streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV. Viewers can watch Vermont PBS’s livestream if they are within the Vermont PBS broadcast area. Livestreaming is available via computer or devices that support web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. The livestream is also available on the PBS Video Channel on Roku devices.

UVM’s Biomedical Engineering program granted ABET accreditation

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 5:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BME) degree program at the University of Vermont was recently granted ABET accreditation. ABET is the ISO 9001 certified organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  UVM’s BME program is now one of a handful of accredited BME programs co-located on the same campus as a medical school. UVM’s program and the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) are a quarter mile apart and some of the faculty in Biomedical Engineering have labs in LCOM. ABET recognized this valuable asset in its evaluation, in particular noting the unique opportunities that UVM students have had for coursework, design projects, internships, and research experiences in collaboration with the medical school faculty.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 46 new cases, teachers and staff to be tested statewide

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 6:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported today 46 new cases of COVID-19. Among several measures to combat the rising number of cases in Vermont and across the region and nation, the state will also increase outreach and education to assess and encourage compliance with the public health guidance. The Vermont State Police, Division of Fire Safety and Department of Liquor and Lottery will resume compliance assessments and educational efforts at lodging facilities, bars and restaurants. The Department of Public Safety will also distribute COVID-19 safety cards during traffic stops to help inform drivers of the travel policy and other safety protocols.

Secretary Condos announces official 2020 Vermont General Election results

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 5:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following the certification of vote totals and winners for federal and statewide offices at today’s 2020 Vermont General Election Canvass, Secretary Condos has announced the official 2020 Vermont General Election results.

Federal and statewide vote totals and winners were certified as official by Secretary Condos, chairing the Statewide Canvassing Committee, alongside Chairs or their designees from Vermont’s three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive).

Governor announces pause to the state’s safe travel policy, compliance checks and expanded testing

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 5:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Vermont will temporarily require a 14-day quarantine for all non-essential travel, increase compliance checks and expand testing to find the virus earlier and contain it faster. The latest modeling, presented today by the Scott Administration, showed a 34% increase in cases in the Northeast since last week and cases are averaging 112,500 per day nationally. While Vermont continues to have the lowest positivity rate in the country, cases rose 46% this week. Hospitalizations are also rising in Vermont.

Brumsted: UVMMC working to restore systems after broad cyberattack, no timeline

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 5:11pm -- tim

by UVM Health Network CEO, John Brumsted, MD First and foremost, to our patients, families and communities, we are very sorry for the worry and frustration this has caused. And we regret disruptions in your care. As a physician, there are fewer things more alarming than when patients in need of care cannot access it. This cyberattack happened in the midst of a global pandemic that shows no signs of slowing, making this situation even more troubling. That is why we are working so hard to prioritize the services that are most critical, and it is why we are investing significant time and human resources in manual processes that, while slower than in normal times, allow us to deliver care to those who need it most.

UVMMC, Larner College of Medicine launch COVID-19 vaccine trial

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the University of Vermont Medical Center, in collaboration with the Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine, began enrolling volunteers as part of the Phase 3 trial of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. Volunteer participants are randomly assigned to receive either the investigative vaccine or the placebo and are now beginning to receive the first of two injections.

VGS purchases responsibly sourced natural gas

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VGS today announced it has added certified, responsibly developed thermal energy into its system that serves more than 53,000 homes and businesses in Addison, Chittenden and Franklin counties. As part of its overall supply, VGS is purchasing the Equitable Origin EO100 certified natural gas from Seven Generations Energy (7G), an energy producer dedicated to responsible development in Alberta, Canada.