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Maxine Linehan to debut original song for SVHC charity event

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 5:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation has announced that world-renowned vocalist Maxine Linehan will debut an original song, entitled “Stronger Together,” by the singer and her husband, songwriter, and producer Andrew Koss, at the Spirit of the Summer Gala, a virtual charity event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, July 17. The song is inspired by Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s clinical teams and all responders to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NVRH offers health care shares for second year

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 4:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is once again partnering with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corp to offer Health Care Shares. Health Care Shares is a farm-to-hospital public health program that connects Vermonters with fresh healthy local food. Participants receive a large bag of locally grown produce each week for twelve weeks.  The participants in the program were referred by their healthcare provider, by the NVRH Community Connections staff, or recruited by hospital staff. Thirty families are participating this year, up from twenty last year.

VA New England surpasses 85,000 video visits during COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:50am -- tim

VA Video Connect visits increase over 1,800% regionwide during COVID-19 pandemic

Vermont Business Magazine The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that video telehealth appointments to Veterans’ homes increased over 1000%, as Veterans increasingly chose virtual care through VA Video Connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. The VA White River Junction Healthcare System in White River Junction is up 1,591 percent (4,563 visits).

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to offer at-home STI testing

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine To continue meeting patient needs for essential sexual and reproductive health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) will begin offering at-home sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis next week. This new service comes as public health experts warn that STI rates appear to be on the rise during COVID-19 pandemic as health centers are seeing a decline in in-person visits and STI contact tracers are being diverted to COVID-19 contact tracing.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Six new cases, kids unlikely to transmit

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 4:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health is reporting six new cases today of COVID-19 and 24 since Friday for a statewide total of 1,301. There have not been any deaths in nearly four weeks, which are holding at 56. A commentary published by two University of Vermont pediatric infectious disease specialists in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools can and should reopen in the fall — provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their communities.

Kids rarely transmit COVID-19, say UVM docs in top journal

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 3:49pm -- tim

UVM Today A commentary published in the journal Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that children infrequently transmit Covid-19 to each other or to adults and that many schools, provided they follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and take into account rates of transmission in their community, can and should reopen in the fall. The authors, Benjamin Lee, MD and William V Raszka, Jr, MD, are both pediatric infectious disease specialists on the faculty of the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine. Dr Raszka is an associate editor of Pediatrics.

AG Donovan sues ICE over new visa rule for international students

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Massachusetts against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), challenges what the coalition calls the federal government’s “cruel, abrupt, and unlawful action to expel international students amidst the pandemic that has wrought death and disruption across the United States.”

Norwich receives $139K grant from Davis Foundation to advance Humanities Initiative

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has been awarded a $138,917, three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation for “Building a Humanities-Centered Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars,” the second phase of the Norwich Humanities Initiative. This work aims to create an interdisciplinary minor that combines the humanities with technical and professional studies.

Virtual Career Expo: Re-inventing the So.VT Expo

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs are now able to connect with employers and learn about local employment opportunities virtually. The website is designed to support job-seekers, especially those impacted by COVID-19, as face-to-face hiring events remain cancelled for the foreseeable future and many Vermonters are unemployed due to the crisis.

UVM to go test-optional for students applying in 2020-21

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 12:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Vermont will not require standardized test score submissions for undergraduate students applying in 2020-21.  This decision reflects uncertainty surrounding test-taking opportunities and aligns with changes being made in higher education throughout the United States.