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Jeff Tieman: The second wave

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:43pm -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO A “second wave” of COVID-19 has been a possibility for months but seemed a distant one, especially given Vermont’s best-in-the-nation response so far. Even as our infection numbers were small and stable, many people, including Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, said Vermont is not an island. Last week, that became all too evident.

COVID-19 cases set new record with 122, state surpasses 3000 total

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported another single-day record of COVID-19 cases with 122 cases statewide. The state also surpassed 3,000 total cases. Hospitalizations are up to 19, but there is only one person in the ICU and there are no new deaths, which are holding at 59. Washington and Orange Counties have seen significant case growth over the last two weeks. Much of the spike in outbreaks is caused by social gatherings, including Halloween parties, which led Governor Scott on Friday to order that all non-household gatherings to cease. He also closed bars but not restaurants or retail operations.

Pharmacy college will close Vermont campus in June 2021

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 10:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is losing another college. The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) Administration in conjunction with the Board of Trustees will close operations on its satellite campus in Vermont in June 2021. The accelerated PharmD program will be discontinued after the current students have successfully completed the program. ACPHS operates out of office space on Water Tower Hill in Colchester.

State grants available for outdoor recreation projects

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 6:39am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) announced that funds are available for outdoor recreation grants via the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). These funds will be available to municipalities around the state to conserve lands and develop infrastructure dedicated to outdoor recreation.

Sara Byers: Gratitude for Tom Torti

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 5:34am -- tim

by Sara Byers In our lives, each of us has been influenced, changed and inspired by remarkable individuals around us.  Each of us can look back with gratitude for the faces and choices that lifted us up to where we are today.  In my case, I truly never dreamed of being involved in many of the things I am part of today.  I never dreamed I would have the chance to speak publicly about my experiences or serve on a board of directors or influence change in our community.  However, when you have that one stalwart person with belief in you, you begin to climb mountains you never imagined.

Ag Agency: Give thanks for local food

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 8:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Thanksgiving is normally the peak travel weekend of the year, but this year many will be staying closer to home, and some may be prepping Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time. To take some of the pressure off, we have collected tips for creating the perfect local meal no matter your situation.  

Winds forecasted to cause potential for power outages Sunday evening

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 8:00pm -- tim

GMP Crews Will Respond While Continuing to Follow All Health and Safety Precautions 

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging customers to be safe and to stay alert as forecasters are saying strong, gusty winds could mean outages are possible this evening, especially in higher elevations along the western slopes of the Green Mountains. GMP is watching the forecast closely and will respond as quickly and safely as possible.

New social gatherings, sports, and restaurant restrictions

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 5:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Friday announced an extension of the state of emergency and an update to his Executive Order: Multi-household gatherings, including all public and private social, recreational and entertainment gatherings, indoor and outdoor, including large social gatherings incidental to ceremonies, holiday gatherings, parties and celebrations are suspended until further notice; restaurants must close all in-person dining at 10 pm each day; bars and social clubs are to close indefinitely; take out and curbside options can still be offered; youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice; all businesses, non-profits and government entities shall reinstitute telework policies for all employees to the maximum extent possible; in person meetings are strongly discouraged and should be held by telephone or video conference whenever possible.

UVM Health Network tightens visitation in response to COVID-19 surge

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 5:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network is temporarily scaling back visitation to inpatient and outpatient areas at network hospitals and clinics in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our area. No visitors are permitted until further notice, with very limited exceptions.

Dragonheart Vermont pivots to a brand new virtual favorite Fun-Raiser

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 3:23am -- tim

Dragonheart Vermont We are enthusiastically announcing Dragonheart Vermont's Fall/ Winter Virtual Fun-Raiser!

It’s our seasonal twist on a summer tradition. Our summer Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival had us going virtual and we missed out on the well-loved Pick Your Prize event. Keeping strong by adapting to new circumstances, we are thrilled to share with you our first ever virtual fun-raiser!

As cases rise, Governor Scott announces new mitigation measures

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 6:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise in Vermont and throughout the nation, Governor Scott announced Friday several temporary limitations on social gatherings and business operations. The state has recorded the three highest number of cases on three consecutive days. There were 84 new cases reported by the Vermont Department of Health today.