Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS), which represents all of Vermont’s 14 non-profit hospitals, has been working in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and community providers to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to Vermonters identified in the State’s plan as qualifying for the first phase of Vermont’s vaccination effort. More than 17 million doses have been distributed across the country, with nearly 50,000 coming to Vermont so far and over 21,000 administered. Open story to see interactive vaccine map.
Vermont Business Magazine The US Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims last week increased to their second-highest level since the early weeks of the pandemic after three weeks of declining numbers. The holiday season typically results in several swings in the data. Claims increased by 703 to 1,800 last week (and up 1,120 from the same time last year, which was before the pandemic hit). As for the week's ongoing jobless claims, for the week ending January 2, 2021, the Labor Department processed 13,994 claims, up 2,809 from the previous week and 7,879 more than the same time last year.
Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and the Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine have successfully reached and surpassed the targeted number of enrollees for an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The goal of 250 enrolled and dosed volunteers was met in just four weeks – with more than 3,100 people registering to take part. The local vaccine trial was able to enroll nearly 65 percent of volunteers who are over the age of 65 – a critically important demographic for testing efficacy and safety and a unique, local contribution to the nation-wide study. Additionally, more than 12 percent of participants identify as black, indigenous or persons of color.
Vermont Business Magazine On January 6th, Kevin DeRosa, One Credit Union Retail Manager, presented Jamie Hathaway, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Vermont with a check for $12,000. This money was raised as part of a yearlong effort in 2020 with the help of One Credit Union members and staff in our local communities.
Said Hathaway, “Thank you all so much for this incredible donation – now more than ever, kids in our communities need hope and joy, and this gift will go a long way in bringing that to them.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) starts the new legislative session with a public event examining how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts economic aspects of women’s lives, especially for women of color in our state. VCW’s Legislative After-Dinner Coffee & Conversation event, taking place Thursday evening, January 14th from 7 – 8:30 PM, features a panel discussion with experts, an exploration of issues in small group conversations, and a wrap up Q&A session. This event will be moderated by VCW Executive Director Cary Brown and is free and open to the public.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today delivered his third inaugural address, commending Vermonters’ resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and calling for unity in tackling the recovery and addressing Vermont’s fundamental challenges: “The road ahead offers us an incredible opportunity to set the state back on a path where every county can have a vibrant, resilient economy; where every community and every family has the tools needed to be economically secure; and where every new generation has a better chance than the one that came before."
by Patrick Leahy January 6, 2021, will forever mark a day of infamy for our nation. It will be remembered because our beloved Capitol building — the very heart of our democracy — was stormed and laid under siege. Rioters broke through windows, doors, and security barriers in both the Senate and House wings of the Capitol, assaulting Capitol Police officers, leaving a wake of destruction, and forcing me and other Members of Congress to temporarily delay fulfilling our constitutional duty to certify the presidential election.
Vermont Business Magazine Today at the State House in Montpelier, following a small swearing in ceremony of Vermont’s constitutional officers, Governor Phil Scott delivered remarks to the Vermont General Assembly to highlight the beginning of the upcoming legislative session. Traditionally, the Governor would give the inaugural address during a joint session of the General Assembly, following the swearing in ceremony. However, due to health restrictions related to COVID-19, Governor Scott will deliver his inaugural address this evening, remotely, at 7 pm.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today is reporting the second highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases with 214. It's also only the second time cases have surpassed 200 since the beginning of the pandemic last March. The highest total was December 2 with 223. VDH also reported three more deaths for 155 total statewide. Chittenden (72) and Addison (41) counties accounted for the majority of the cases.
Vermont Department of Public Safety Statement of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling regarding Sergeant Lucas Hall: This morning the Vermont State Police received a report of personal, off duty, social media posts by Lucas Hall of the Shaftsbury barracks. These posts appear to support the criminal insurgency that occurred yesterday at the US Capitol and to advocate for such insurgency to continue. While we recognize the rights of all people including sworn law enforcement officers to express their views, advocating for the overthrow of the constitutionally defined democratic election process by force or violence violates our oath of office to uphold the Constitution.
Vermont Business Magazine GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app used by more North American drivers to save money on gas, is predicting that 2021 may feature a sharp rally in gas prices by year end, warning that the national average could rise to as high as $3 per gallon should the nation broadly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the risk exists for some pain at the pumps during the year, GasBuddy expects the yearly average will jump a more modest 27 cents per gallon in 2021. As of today, Vermont's average gas price was up 3 cents from a week ago to $2.25 a gallon. The US average was up 4 cents to $2.30.