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SARS-CoV-2 transmission model offers decision-making pathways for safe school opening

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 6:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Can schools safely remain open or reopen during periods of significant community spread of COVID-19? According to predictions from a model of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the school setting, yes – if appropriate precautions are followed both in school and in the community.

McClaughry: Combating 'Welfare for the Rich'

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 4:42am -- tim

by John McClaughry People seeking and using political influence to make themselves richer by enlisting government to their advantage has long been a deplorable practice in the history of this country. Enrichment techniques are legion. Outright cash grants and credits. Preferential taxation. Tariffs and quotas to block competing imports. Regulatory favoritism and obstructionism.  Subsidized insurance and guarantees. Stringent occupational licensing. Government-sanctioned cartels.

Northern Express Care-St Johnsbury opens on Monday

Sun, 11/29/2020 - 1:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Counties Health Care (NCHC) and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) are pleased to announce the grand opening of Northern Express Care – St. Johnsbury on Monday, November 30, 2020. Located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Railroad Street, Northern Express Care will provide immediate, walk-in primary care access to community members requiring care.

Attendees of New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg urged to get tested for COVID-19

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 2:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is urging anyone who attended Sunday services at New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg on November 22 to get tested for COVID-19. Health officials learned that at least one person attended services that day while infectious with COVID-19. The Health Department today reported 99 new cases of COVID-19, for a total 4,005 cases. To date, 67 Vermonters have died from the novel coronavirus, 8 in the last two weeks. As the state experiences a steady increase in cases, Vermonters are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel, including for the upcoming holidays, and avoid social gatherings with people you do not live with.

UVMHN reactivites MyChart as it recovers from cyberattack

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 2:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network said today that it has restored access to the MyChart online patient portal for existing users, as well as EpicCare Link, an interface that allows community providers to have read-only access to the health information of shared patients. These important milestones are critical steps forward in restoring normal operations for our patients and communities. MyChart was unavailable to patients following the recent cyberattack. All patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and most ambulatory patients at Central Vermont Medical Center, Porter Medical Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital now have access once again to the system.

Governor calls on Vermonters to decorate with lights to signal hope

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott is encouraging families and businesses to help show Vermont Lights the Way, an effort to literally brighten communities and neighborhoods around the state by decorating homes, businesses, trees or other creative ideas to help celebrate the holidays during the pandemic. In addition to decorating, Vermonters should share pictures of their displays - or favorites from around the community - on social media using the hashtag #VTLightsTheWay. This will allow those who are not able to tour the lights to take part in the holiday celebration.

Washington County Economic Report: As makers recover, all eyes on hospitality

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:12pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine For Dan Groberg of Montpelier Alive, if there is one word that comes to mind that sums up this year it’s resiliency. “I would say businesses are hanging in there and they’re certainly demonstrating resiliency and I credit that to the community really stepping up and supporting local businesses right now,” said Groberg, executive director of the downtown organization. But Groberg also didn’t sugar coat the difficulties businesses are facing.

Capstone helps meet acute COVID need for food

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 3:08pm -- tim

by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine A sober indication of how the pandemic has affected residents of Washington County is the assistance rendered by Capstone Community Action.

Capstone, one of five community action agencies in the state, provides food, housing and fuel assistance to disadvantaged Vermonters. It also operates a small business development program.

Working the landscape: Roger Allbee

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 11:01am -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine There aren't many people in Vermont who have accomplished as much and been publicly recognized so little as Roger Allbee. His life has been defined by being the quiet insider, not seeking glory but working hard to preserve the agricultural heritage of his beloved Vermont. He's been a cranberry exporter, an agricultural banker, a congressional staffer in Washington, DC, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and CEO of the Grace Cottage Family Healthcare and Hospital in Townshend. And that's just for starters.

Sanders announces eleventh annual State of the Union essay contest

Thu, 11/26/2020 - 6:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has launched his eleventh annual State of the Union essay contest. Each January, the President of the United States delivers the “State of the Union” address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Senator Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone – not just those in power – and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created the State of the Union Essay Contest. The contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to describe a major issue facing our country and propose what they would do to solve it.