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Bray: Three crises, one people, and Vermont grit

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 4:33am -- tim

by Senator Christopher Bray Vermonters face three crises: the first two are clear and present dangers—first, COVID-19, and second, the need to uphold the safe, lawful, just, and stable operation of government in Washington, DC, and across the nation. The third crisis is less obvious, yet more challenging and damaging in the long run—climate change.

Person at Scott's press briefing tests positive for COVID-19

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 6:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This afternoon Governor Phil Scott, Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD and other administration officials were informed that a contractor who provided services at the Governor’s coronavirus briefings on Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19 has tested positive for COVID-19. However, out of an abundance of caution, because they speak at the podium for extended periods of time, Governor Scott, Dr Levine, and other administration officials in attendance will quarantine and be tested based on guidance from the Vermont Department of Health. 

VDH COVID-19 Update: Some optimism as case counts fall in region

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 5:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting today 102 new cases of COVID-19 and again there have been no deaths since last Friday. They are holding at 163. State officials are cautiously optimistic as trends in Vermont, the region and across the nation appear to be showing that COVID cases may have reached their third-wave peak. And despite problems with supply coming from the federal government, beginning next week on January 25, Vermonters who are age 75 and older will be able to make an appointment to be vaccinated.Those eligible for the vaccine will expand by age grouping, and then, after the age groups, by certain high-risk medical conditions.

Commission provides synopsis of misconduct investigations involving Vermont State Police troopers

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Michael Schirling, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and Nancy Sheahan, chairwoman of the State Police Advisory Commission, issued the following joint statement Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, regarding the work of SPAC and the Internal Affairs Office within the Department of Public Safety during the first half of 2020.

DPS in the past has provided an overview of SPAC’s work, but today’s public release of information represents the first time the department has provided detail about individual cases.

Vermont Mutual donates $15,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Mutual Insurance Group recently donated $15,000 to Spectrum Youth and Family Services as part of the Cats Win, Community Wins program, a multi-year, community-based collaboration between Vermont Mutual Insurance Group and the University of Vermont. The Cats Win, Community Wins initiative was created by Vermont Mutual and UVM Athletics to give back to local charitable organizations. As part of their arrangement, Vermont Mutual donates $100 for every Catamount win to a selected charity. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that surfaced in early 2020, most Catamount games had to be canceled.

Community Health addresses 'Mental Health Crisis' with new staff, programs

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 4:05am -- tim

Partnering With Come Alive Outside Passport to Recovery, Zero Suicide Initiatives
Vermont Business Magazine “We are in the midst of a mental health crisis,” said Community Health Behavioral Health Director Christopher Chadwick. “Not only are we dealing with mental health issues, but we are also seeing an increase in overdose deaths across the state,” Chadwick said.

CVHHH has record fall appeal with $80,000 raised

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 3:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) has announced that the 2020 Fall Appeal, which was chaired by Ed and Trish Read of Fayston, brought in $80,000. This is the most successful appeal in recent years with close to 500 donors contributing. CVHHH will use funds raised to support programs and services, including telehealth, which has expanded in the past ten months and for which CVHHH does not receive full reimbursement for services provided.

SVMC and VDH to hold online COVID-19 information session

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 3:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and Bennington’s office of the Vermont Department of Health will appear in a digital information session regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution at 1 pm on Tuesday, January 19. The event is made possible with cooperation from CAT-TV and the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

Dartmouth becomes tobacco-free on March 18

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 3:00am -- tim

Dartmouth College Dartmouth has adopted a nonsmoking policy, effective March 18. The policy prohibits use of tobacco or nicotine-delivery products by students, staff, faculty, or visitors on any property owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth. Not prohibited will be nicotine-delivery products such as patches and gum that are used for smoking cessation. Also, exemptions to the policy may be granted for religious or cultural observances.