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Saint Michael's College THIS WEEK

Sat, 04/04/2020 - 3:01am -- tim

The Saint Michael’s College Archives invites all members of the Saint Michael’s College community to help us in documenting this unprecedented time. We are piloting a project that is intended to capture your thoughts and feelings as we meet the day-to-day challenges brought about by Covid-19.

Governor reaffirms April 15 expiration date for all closed in-person business operations

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 8:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued an order clarifying the expiration date for two previous directives to ensure all are complying with his Stay Home, Stay Safe order until April 15 or beyond. This new order makes clear that any previous orders or directives that had an expiration date prior to April 15, are subject to the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, which means they must follow the in-person operation closure guidance until April 15.

Governor: Face mask rules coming, 'Stay Home' order to be extended

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 5:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine There will soon be guidance on what Vermonters should and must be wearing cloth face masks, according to Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. This update came today at the governor's press conference. They are waiting for further instruction from the CDC on what can be worn and by whom. It could be as simple as a scarf and could include everyone still working out in the public. Scott also said that within the next few days he will extend and give more detail on his "Stay Home, Stay Safe Order." He also said that he will not begin to allow businesses to renew operations, even outdoor businesses, until he's confident that the state has reached a peak in COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, state officials said that peak is expected by early May under current modeling.

VTANG supports COVID-19 response while continuing F-35 flying operations

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 5:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 158th Fighter Wing out of Burlington International Airport will continue flying operations as scheduled in order to maintain federal mission readiness requirements while also supporting the State of Vermont response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement issued Friday afternoon from VTANG.

VCF names first grant recipients from VT COVID-19 Response Fund

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Community Foundation distributed the first round of grants, totaling nearly $380,000, from its Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund during the week of March 23. The grants ranged from $5,000 to $30,000 and were made specifically to entities addressing homelessness, working on the frontlines with vulnerable populations, and providing basic needs, such as meals and food access to homebound seniors.

Donovan releases Directive on Enforcement of COVID-19 Executive Order

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 2:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today published Attorney General’s Directive to Law Enforcement on the Enforcement of COVID-19 Emergency Order. The directive is geared toward law enforcement, including state’s attorneys, sheriffs, and police. The directive establishes that the Attorney General will bring all enforcement actions related to the COVID-19 Emergency Order and provides steps for how law enforcement should approach noncompliant businesses and individuals.

New UVM-developed App could help panic attack sufferers during pandemic

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the nearly 36 million Americans who experience panic attacks, the coronavirus pandemic is a potentially significant new trigger, a recent story in the Washington Post reported. For panic attack sufferers facing these new anxieties, there is little recourse. Medication is minimally effective and has side effects. Cognitive behavioral therapy doesn’t work for nearly two-thirds of panic sufferers. And bio-feedback, which has shown promise, is cumbersome and impractical to use outside a laboratory or clinical setting.

Vermont’s broadband networks can support widespread telehealth and distance learning

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Public Service wants you to know that Vermont’s broadband networks have enough bandwidth to support widespread telehealth and distance learning.  That said, you need to know that there are households and businesses in Vermont that may not have enough bandwidth for multiple users at one time. 

FEMA to provide financial assistance to State of Vermont, local govs

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 1:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the US Department of Homeland Security is giving public notice of its intent to provide financial assistance to the State of Vermont, local governments, and private nonprofit organizations under the national emergency declaration issued by the President on March 13, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Community response and mutual aid efforts organize across Vermont

Fri, 04/03/2020 - 12:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As the enormity of the impact of COVID-19 has become clear, Vermonters across the state are stepping forward to support their neighbors, connecting those in need with those that can help. Community response teams and mutual aid networks are emerging across Vermont to recruit willing volunteers and connect them with neighbors who are looking for help. Volunteer efforts include grocery and medicine delivery, accessing key benefits and resources, phone trees to check in on vulnerable neighbors, technology support, pet care, and more.