Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported this afternoon that there are 37 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with one more death. The number of total cases now is 293 with 13 total deaths. There are 21 total patients with COVID-19 currently being treated in Vermont hospitals, while another 52 are hospitalized and are being monitored. While Chittenden County still has by far the most known cases with 152, Addison County is now second with 23 as the counties around Chittenden are showing an increase. Windsor, which is unchanged from the weekend, and Bennington County have 18. There are still no cases reported in Grand Isle or Essex counties.
Vermont Business Magazine The arrival of COVID-19 in Vermont has changed “business as usual” for all Vermonters. The hospitality and personal service industry has been particularly hard hit as Vermonters are told to “stay home.”
Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the Governor’s signing of a bill, H742 signed into law as Act 91 on March 30, creating fast tracks for out-of-state licensed healthcare and mental health professionals, retired healthcare and mental health professionals, and new graduates to join or return to the Vermont workforce in order to address the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners announced yesterday that its annual allocation of federal housing tax credits will support the development of 130 permanently affordable apartments in five communities across the state. Housing tax credits are the single largest source of funding for the development of affordable rental housing in Vermont. The tax credits are expected to yield an estimated $24 million in total upfront equity, which will cover an average of 62% percent of the total development costs for the upcoming projects.
by Kenneth J Entenmann, CFA, NBT Bank The last few days in late March felt like a reprieve of sorts, with the equity markets showing better performance (As of mid-day March 31, the Dow was at about 22,000, up from a week ago when it was under 19,000, but down from mid-February of over 29,000). While rising numbers are a relief, it’s hardly a signal that all is back to normal.
Vermont Business Magazine On March 30, 2020, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation issued a new emergency regulation regarding COVID-19 and Telehealth Services. The emergency rule requires health insurers and workers' compensation insurance carriers to provide coverage for clinically appropriate health care services delivered remotely through telehealth or audio-only telephone on the same basis as in-person consultations.
Vermont Business Magazine Students affected by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have access to free high-speed wireless Internet and Google Chromebooks, thanks in part to collaborative efforts by Rutland City Public Schools, Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) and Ericsson.
Agency of Commerce & Community Development Governor Scott Monday ordered new restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and announced additional guidance for the lodging industry to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect public health. Businesses should also be aware of financial assistance coming from the CARES Act soon.
Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has established a special fund to meet needs that have emerged as a result of the health system’s response to COVID-19.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Up Vermont has been closely monitoring cornonavirus (COVID-19) communications and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports, and daily news from Governor Scott and our federal government. The situation is fluid and our greatest priority is the health and well-being of our Green Up family of volunteers and event participants.
by Tim McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Travelers entering Vermont and lodging establishments are the latest groups called on to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, according to Governor Phil Scott’s Monday order. As a governor whose core message often includes growing Vermont’s economy and population, this was a call for “public health and safety, which is our top priority.”
Vermont Business Magazine At a press conference Monday, March 30, Governor Phil Scott announced new restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont. Residents and non-residents coming to Vermont from outside the state – for anything other than an essential purpose – should home-quarantine for 14 days. Travel to Vermont by anyone from a COVID-19 “hot spot” is strongly discouraged at this time.