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Rep. Jim Harrison: Writing the Rules as We Go

Over the past few weeks, we have seen addendum after addendum to Governor Phil Scott’s Emergency Declaration that was issued on March 13. What was allowed yesterday may not be true today. The situation is changing daily. Last week saw the Governor issuing orders to stay home, close non-essential businesses, including lodging and short term Read More…

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Rep. Jim Harrison: “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order Issued

Late Tuesday, Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. The Governor’s order directs Vermonters to stay at home, leaving only for essential reasons, critical to health and safety. If leaving the home, Vermonters should adhere to social distancing policies, including remaining Read More…

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Governor Scott Issues “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order, Directs Additional Closures

24 March 2020 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and directed the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses. Skip to List of Critical Services and Functions These restrictive measures are in place to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of Read More…

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Food Safety and COVID-19

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day, wash your hands Read More…

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CDC: Tips to Choose and Prepare Fruit and Vegetables Safely

During National Nutrition Month and year-round, eat safely prepared fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables gives important health benefits. Our updated feature, Fruit and Vegetable Safety, explains how to safely select, clean, and prepare your fruits and vegetables and what groups of people are more likely to get a foodborne illness. The Read More…

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15 Days to Slow the Spread

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American Read More…

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COVID-19 Prescription Drug Refills

BulletinTuesday, March 17, 2020Insurance Bulletin #210 (Revised) This bulletin is intended to ensure that health insurance plans regulated by the Department of Financial Regulation continue to provide access to prescription drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bulletin applies to health insurers, as that term is used in 18 V.S.A. § 9402, and pharmacy benefit managers, Read More…

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A Message from VFDA

VFDA is focused on the health and safety of the employees and customers of Vermont’s energy providers. The men and women that provide fuel and service for heat and hot water are providing an essential service. We are in contact with Vermont Emergency Management, the Public Service Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Read More…

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Face Masks Needed – Can Your Business Help?

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development is currently seeking manufacturers and construction companies with a supply of N95 facemasks to consider assisting in the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus by making these masks available to healthcare providers immediately.  N95 facemasks are a critical tool needed to ensure our healthcare professionals are able to Read More…

Business & Economics Health Rutland County

COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Businesses

As a follow up to the Governor’s Executive Order, the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Department of Labor are assessing and responding to the community impacts of COVID-19 on Vermont businesses. First and foremost, ACCD and the Department of Labor urge all businesses and their employees to follow the latest guidance Read More…

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An Important Message from Claudio Fort, President & CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center

Dear Community Leaders – Many of you have reached out to advise and support Rutland Regional in communicating important information about our COVID-19 preparations and response.  We are actively working on expanding our community outreach and communication activities.  As part of this effort, I want to share with you measures that RRMC is taking to Read More…

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Senate Refuses Commercial Cannabis House Changes, Wants Conference Committee

by Guy Page March 12, 2020 – S54, commercial cannabis, was approved by the House Feb. 26. The Senate did not concur with the changes made by the House, and a conference committee was established today. Sens. Richard Sears (D-Bennington), Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) and Jeanette White (D-Windham) were appointed to represent the Senate. Majority Leader Read More…

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Middlebury College goes to remote learning only, UVM planning for it

State Agency of Education releases guidelines for Covid-19 public school closures By Guy Page March 10, 2020 – Today, Middlebury College announced it will send students home on spring break early this Friday, and will conduct all classes by remote learning for the rest of the semester. (For details see Vermont Daily Chronicle post.) Yesterday, the Read More…

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Nearly $25M Available to Substance Use Prevention Coalitions

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which begins this year’s process of awarding funds to community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use. For FY 2020, this will allow 200 new communities Read More…

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10 Coronavirus Press Conference Takeaways

Masks don’t keep healthy people saferState has no plans to enforce quarantines (for now) By Guy Page March 5, 2020 – Here are 10 takeaways from the coronavirus press conference Governor Scott and his administration held in Montpelier today: 1. There are no known active coronavirus cases in Vermont. Twenty Vermonters have completed the two-week screening and Read More…

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CDC Corona Virus Telebriefing Update on 2/26/20

Transcript for the CDC Telebriefing Update on COVID-19 Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors. Click here for the Audio Recording Welcome and thank you for standing by.  At this time, all participants are on listen-only mode until our question and answer session.  At that time, if you would like to Read More…