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VDH COVID-19 Update: Six new cases, kids unlikely to transmit

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting six new cases today of COVID-19 and 24 since Friday for a statewide total of 1,301. There have not been any deaths in nearly four weeks, which are holding at 56. A commentary published by two University of Vermont pediatric infectious disease specialists in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools can and should reopen in the fall — provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their communities.

Kids rarely transmit COVID-19, say UVM docs in top journal

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 3:49pm -- tim

UVM Today A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit Covid-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall. The authors, Benjamin Lee, MD and William V Raszka, Jr, MD, are both pediatric infectious disease specialists on the faculty of the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. Dr Raszka is an associate editor of Pediatrics.

AG Donovan sues ICE over new visa rule for international students

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Massachusetts against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), challenges what the coalition calls the federal government’s “cruel, abrupt, and unlawful action to expel international students amidst the pandemic that has wrought death and disruption across the United States.”

Norwich receives $139K grant from Davis Foundation to advance Humanities Initiative

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has been awarded a $138,917, three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation for “Building a Humanities-Centered Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars,” the second phase of the Norwich Humanities Initiative. This work aims to create an interdisciplinary minor that combines the humanities with technical and professional studies.

Virtual Career Expo: Re-inventing the So.VT Expo

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs are now able to connect with employers and learn about local employment opportunities virtually. The website is designed to support job-seekers, especially those impacted by COVID-19, as face-to-face hiring events remain cancelled for the foreseeable future and many Vermonters are unemployed due to the crisis.

UVM to go test-optional for students applying in 2020-21

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Vermont will not require standardized test score submissions for undergraduate students applying in 2020-21.  This decision reflects uncertainty surrounding test-taking opportunities and aligns with changes being made in higher education throughout the United States.

Chittenden County Economic Report: Economic focus now turns to the long recovery

Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:53pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Frank Cioffi didn’t sugarcoat what Vermont and Chittenden County are facing: “COVID was a beast and still is a beast and we’re going to be awhile recovering from it,” said Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. Cioffi has the facts to back up the toll the pandemic could take on Chittenden County’s businesses. He cites a Brookings Institution analysis that of the 6,631 small businesses in the county, 21 percent are at immediate risk of failure, 30 percent face a near term risk and 47 percent face a longterm risk.

Restaurants slowly come back, if they come back at all

Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:45pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine The restaurant business has never been easy - long hours and tight margins. Enter COVID-19 and that scenario got progressively worse, literally overnight. That’s when Governor Phil Scott took the painful step in mid-March of ordering all non-essential businesses to close. For The Skinny Pancake founder Benjamin Adler, the first priority was to get his people signed up for unemployment insurance.

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