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Energy accelerator DeltaClimeVT seeks entrepreneurs

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 2:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The DeltaClimeVT climate economy business accelerator is seeking innovative, early-stage, energy companies focused on increasing adoption of clean energy, smart building and electric vehicle technologies that enable accelerated integration of distributed energy resources without the need for costly infrastructure upgrades. Entrepreneurs will work directly with Vermont utilities to contribute to Vermont’s 90/50 and Burlington’s Net Zero by 2030 goals.  

Bill would advance electrified transportation

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 2:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine H552, a proposal to address carbon emissions in the transportation sector, will be introduced in the Vermont House this week. The Transportation Innovation Act (TIA) is the work of several members of the House Transportation Committee. Sixty members of the House have signed on as co-sponsors, recognizing the critical need for Vermont to take a leadership role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Pharmacy manager indicted for tampering and obtaining opiates by fraud

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Brian Thomas Badgley, 37, of Waterbury appeared yesterday in United States District Court in Burlington for an arraignment on a two-count indictment charging him with tampering with a consumer product and obtaining controlled substances by fraud. Badgely entered a plea of not guilty and was released on conditions. In 2016, Badgley had strict conditions placed on his pharmacist license after he was suspected of having diverted narcotics while employed as a pharmacy manager at Northwestern Medical Center.

Vermont leads New England in crop production

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 12:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The USDA today released its 2021 New England Field Crop Summary. Vermont is just ahead of Maine in total acreage and well ahead of all the other New England states. Of the USDA categories reported, Vermont has the highest output in maple, dry hay, and alfalfa. Vermont also has more than the rest of the region combined in production of corn used for silage (77,000 acres and 1.5 million tons).  For maple production, Vermont production was noticably down despite a 4 percent increase in the number of taps. Vermont still produces the most of any state (1.5 million gallons) and nearly half the US total. 

Vermont Chamber names Hazel Brewster PR director

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 7:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Chamber of Commerce has hired Hazel Brewster as the organization’s Director of Public Relations. Hazel will lead the Vermont Chamber’s communication and event efforts, working closely with President Betsy Bishop, who has championed the voice of businesses for over a decade. Born and raised in Morrisville, Hazel is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and earned her master’s degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs from the University of British Columbia. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray.

Sanders reintroduces legislation to give every American N95 masks

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the world enters the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, with Omicron surging and cases skyrocketing, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Wednesday, with more than 50 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House, reintroduced lifesaving legislation to manufacture and distribute highly-protective N95 masks to every person in America. Under Sanders’ Masks for All Act, every person in the U.S. would receive a free package of three N95 respirator masks. 

UVM Medical Center enacts emergency COVID staffing plan

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 4:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As hospitals across the United States face increasing COVID-19 cases among patients and staff due to the omicron variant, the number of UVM Medical Center employees restricted from work due to COVID-19 – after testing positive, experiencing symptoms, or having an exposure at home, at work or in the community – is currently at 422 and is expected to continue climbing. At the same time, other employees have needed to stay home to care for children or loved ones, and patient volumes continue to be high.

VDH: COVID rapid tests distributed, dashboard reset, deaths up to 490

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 4:14pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has completed its reporting of delayed test results due to a technical glitch over the weekend. The VDH reset case counts with the new record high set last Friday, January 7, of 2,975 cases of COVID-19. For Tuesday, January 11, they are 813. While the fatality rate has slowed, there were still three deaths reported today for a statewide total of 490. Hospitalizations January 12 were 85 (down six); the record of 101 was set January 10, 2022. ICU stays, which also had been elevated, were 27. The one-day record there was set December 7, 2021, (31). Hospitalizations and ICU visits have not surged even as cases have more than tripled the last couple of weeks.

More COVID-19 cases detected at St Johnsbury prison

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 3:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Corrections is announcing two symptomatic incarcerated individuals tested positive for COVID and are in isolation at the Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) in St Johnsbury. The individuals resided in the same building as the three prior positives whose test results were received Monday. The building, which has two open units, is now being treated as a quarantine unit. The facility remains on full lockdown. As of Wednesday afternoon, 14 incarcerated individuals are considered positive across five Vermont facilities.

All 350,000 phase one rapid COVID tests have been ordered

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 3:15pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine As of 2:45 pm, all 350,000 tests available through the first phase of today’s “Say Yes” rapid test pilot program for COVID-19 have been ordered. The partnership with National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Amazon allowed Vermonters to order 350,000 free rapid tests, which will be delivered to homes over the next one to two weeks.

UVM Medical Center re-opens inpatient rehabilitation at Fanny Allen Campus

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 2:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Earlier today, The University of Vermont Medical Center began transferring its inpatient rehabilitation unit from its temporary main campus location, back to its location on the Fanny Allen campus in Colchester. In addition to previous upgrades, the Hospital Services team worked throughout 2021 with outside experts to assess, renovate and optimize the space’s complex system of filtration, ventilation, air conditioning and heating units, which was outdated and did not allow for optimal airflow in spaces where staff had reported symptoms such as dizziness and nausea.

Top 10 scams of 2021 released by Vermont AG: Tech support number 1

Wed, 01/12/2022 - 2:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Reports of scams to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) totaled 5,154 in 2021, up just slightly from the previous year’s 5,021 reports. Two variations of the Computer Tech Support scam and the Online Listing scam claimed the number one, three, and seven spots respectively on CAP’s list of top ten scams in 2021, covering nearly a quarter of the total reports filed by Vermonters. Businesses were also targeted by internet-based scams in 2021. The Business Imposter Email Scam, where scammers represent themselves as business personnel to extort funds, had 62 reports filed—a figure that did not make the top ten but notably jumped nearly 50% from the previous year.