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Tieman: Stick to what is working against the pandemic

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 5:53am -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, President & CEO of VAHHS The pandemic has taught us to adjust, and to be resilient in the face of adversity. COVID-19 required us to find and show strength we may not have known we had. Whether it was staying away from loved ones, quarantining from household members, forgoing trips, moving to remote work and learning, closing businesses, or otherwise altering our normal course of life, the pandemic has been hard on everyone.

As we learned to manage these variables and developments, we also learned to be careful, strong and patient.

CCV announces new certificate programs

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 4:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Beginning this fall, Vermonters will have four additional pathways to high-demand careers through new certificate programs at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The new certificate offerings are cloud computing, community health, entrepreneurship, and human resource management. CCV certificates are designed to prepare students for the workplace or further education, and most can be completed in just one year.

VDH COVID-19 update: Vermont marks 1.5 million COVID-19 tests performed

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 5:48pm -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, recognized the incredible progress of Vermont’s testing capabilities at Tuesday’s press conference, as the state surpassed 1.5 million tests performed, with more than 372,000 people tested.

“It is really Vermonters who have helped us reach this point — your willingness to get tested, and your understanding of why it is so important, have been essential to slowing the spread of the virus,” Dr. Levine said. “Now, we are finally in a place where testing is highly accessible. It’s still free, and easy to do.”

Dr. Levine said that we expect Vermonters will continue to use this critical tool under Vermont’s new travel policy, which requires a test within 3 days of travel for anyone who is unvaccinated. In addition, anyone with a possible exposure to the virus or with a possible COVID-19 symptom should get also tested and stay home and away from others while they wait for their result.

Northern State prison in Newport cleared of all outbreak protocols

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport is clear of COVID outbreak response and is back to standard modified operations, the Vermont Department of Corrections (Vermont DOC) announced Tuesday. This full status change is the result of testing conducted Thursday, April 15, in which no incarcerated individuals tested positive for the fifth consecutive time.

Rutland region declares 'We Are One Rutland'

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 3:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Disturbed by recent national and local events related to racism, Rutland County’s leading economic development organization took a stand on Tuesday on behalf of diversity, inclusion, and its broader community. The Board of Chamber and Economic Development of the Rutland Region (CEDRR) approved a resolution Tuesday denouncing bias and discrimination and creating a new committee to ensure the organization does its part going forward.

State warns of unemployment insurance fraud

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 3:26pm -- tim

Department of Labor Stresses Heightened Awareness for All Vermonters
Vermont Business Magazine A letter from the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) may be your first notification that a fraudulent unemployment insurance claim has been filed in your name. VDOL reminds all Vermonters that if you receive a letter from the Department in your mailbox, be sure to open it, to ensure there was not a fraudulent claim filed using your information.

State bond ratings unchanged, demographic and pension challenges remain

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced Tuesday that the three major rating agencies have affirmed their ratings of the State’s General Obligation Bonds. These ratings are unchanged from the ratings assigned in 2020, which reflected a downgrade by Moody’s and Fitch from triple A status in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and the assignment of a “negative outlook” by S&P in 2020. The Treasurer’s Office, the governor, and the General Assembly have stated their commitment to restoring the triple-A ratings. 

Shequille Carter sentenced to five years in prison for federal drug offense

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 2:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Acting United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced today that Shequille Carter, 28, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and more than 28 grams of cocaine base. Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford also ordered that Carter serve a four-year period of supervised release following the prison term.

Green: Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact offers flexibility

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 2:00pm -- tim

by Devon Green, Vice President of Government Relations, VAHHS Last week, the House Government Operations Committee took testimony on S.48. The Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact is an important health care workforce initiative and a key recommendation from the Rural Health Services Task Force 2020 Report. Under the compact, nurses can apply for a license in one compact state and have access to all the other compact states without applying for separate licenses, which is an appealing option for new graduates.

Leahy: Infrastructure climate change and investing in our nation’s future

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:35pm -- tim

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Today, we convene the first hearing of the full Senate Appropriations Committee for the 117th Congress. And what more appropriate topic than that of infrastructure. There is no other Committee within the Senate whose jurisdiction touches every aspect of our government and of Americans’ lives. The same, of course, can be said for infrastructure.