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VDH COVID-19 Update: Four more cases, deaths hold at 54

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported today that there have been four new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. There were no deaths, which remain at 54. There has been only one death related to the coronavirus in over two weeks. Governor Phil Scott however is still requiring coming to the state or Vermonters returning home to quarantine in Vermont for 14 days because there are still thousands of new cases being reported in the Northeast. He noted Friday that he might relax that requirement and allow for out-of-state quarantining if the positive health trends here and in nearby regions continue.

Swimming holes open with new guidelines

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) anticipates swimming holes throughout the state will see many visitors with the warm weather upon us. VRC’s core mission is protecting public access to places along rivers that are well-loved by community members and visitors alike. However, VRC’s Executive Director Steve Libby emphasizes the importance of swimming hole visitors to follow state guidelines regarding recreating on public land during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Commerce Agency: More openings and services for salons, dentistry, outdoor eating, more

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 2:37pm -- tim

Agency of Commerce & Community Development On Friday Governor Scott announced that hair salons and barber shops may reopen May 29, 2020 with limited operations. Religious facilities and places of worship may also reopen at 25% capacity. Mandatory health and safety requirements apply, as well as more specific guidance available in the Recovery Resource Center. New guidance was also release Friuday for healthcare providers from the Department of Health. This allows for some but not the full-range of dentistry and expands the allowance for in-patient and out-patient procedures at hospitals and health centers.

Canadian-American business community unveils new portal for cross-border advocacy

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 1:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Thursday, 27 groups representing businesses and communities across Canada and the United States unveiled the following joint statement calling for continued strong cross-border cooperation, trade, and supply chains as a critical component of both countries' COVID-19 public health and economic response and recovery efforts. The groups include Vermont's two largest chambers of commerce: Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

UVMMC transfers 25 patients from Fanny Allen after staff become ill

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 11:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine UVM Medical Center announced Saturday night that it is transferring 25 patients receiving rehab care in the inpatient unit on our Fanny Allen campus to the hospital’s main campus. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the safety of patients and staff, after staff members reported separate instances of symptoms including feeling faint, dizzy, weak or nauseous over the past several days. At this time, no patient has been affected by any of these symptoms.

Champlain College launches first Virtual Gap Program

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 6:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College has announced the launch of the Virtual Gap Program, an inspiring semester-long journey into college life, holistic well-being, and career exploration. Champlain's unique program offers college credit, allows students to take on virtual internships for real-world clients, and is the first fully online gap program available through an accredited college.

VPR partners Education Agency, Big Heavy World for statewide prom

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 5:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public Radio is partnering with the Vermont Agency Of Education and Big Heavy World to produce a statewide radio prom for Vermont’s high school students on Saturday, May 30 at 7 pm. Prom Goes #VTstrong will be hosted by Burlington-based DJ Craig Mitchell spinning his favorite hits and will also include audio messages and reflections recorded and submitted by students. Mitchell will host an online after party starting at 8 p.m. packed with more music and fun.

VSAC awards $1.4 million in scholarships to high school seniors

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Student Assistance Corp has announced it has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarships to graduating high school seniors to continue their education after high school. In addition to the scholarships for high school seniors, VSAC has also awarded over $4.6 million in scholarships to college students returning to school this fall.

Jerry Greenfield to address Essex High School students via Zoom on May 26

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 3:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday May 26, Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s will be addressing Essex High School students enrolled in the school’s Global Leadership Program. (GLP). The GLP program at Essex is just one of three in the nation – and one of only two K12 programs nationwide – to be recognized for its global engagement initiative by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language.

Leonine: The $400 million plan

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 1:05pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs While administrative action dominated the news this week the legislature was very active with bills that had been priorities before the COVID-19 crisis. With legislation addressing the virus underway committees worked diligently to finalize bills that range from the regulation of pesticides to funding higher education to the Global Warming Solutions Act. There was much focus on COVID-19 related legislation as well and the House passed three major funding bills. These included the miscellaneous tax bill, the supplemental budget adjustment bill and the capital bill.

Governor cancels all fairs, restaurants and bars open outside today, churches Saturday

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 6:23pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the resumption of additional business operations, including outdoor seating at restaurants and bars, hair salons and barber shops and some additional health services. However, Scott also announced that all fairs and festivals for this summer have been canceled. Effective today, May 22, restaurants and bars may reopen for limited outdoor seating, including for the sale and consumption of alcohol.