Education Health

Orange County School Board Softens Vax Mandate / Rutland District Lifts Mask Mandate

An Orange County supervisory union board today rescinded a planned vote proposed requirement to vaccinate all employees for Covid-19. Instead, the Orange East Supervisory Union board adopted a more lenient vaccine mandate. Taking effect July 1, it would offer a testing option for those with religious or medical exemptions, and a testing requirement for other Read More…

Education Health

Governor Won’t Back EUA Mandatory School Vaccines

Governor Phil Scott doesn’t support the vaccines under Emergency Use Authorization for mandatory use in schools.  At today’s press conference, Gov. Scott was asked by Vermont Daily Chronicle: “Is it ever appropriate for a vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization to be considered for mandatory requirement for public school enrollment?” Scott replied: “Not as far as I’m Read More…

Announcements Education Health

OESU Vaccine Mandate Special Meeting

The Orange East Supervisory Union School Board will be holding a Special Meeting via Zoom on February 15th at 6pm. The special meeting is in regards to a vaccine mandate. You can participate in the meeting by visiting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/811345?pwd=M2pJbkd5MVV0WXVEQXp6cjF6cS9SZz09 Meeting ID: 811 3458 6357Passcode: 228695Dial in: +1 929 205 6099 Agenda: I. WelcomeII. Board business Read More…

Announcements Education Health

Petition: End Required Masking in Schools

Vermont Stands Up, a mask and vaccine freedom advocacy group, is circulating a petition to end the Vermont Agency of Education guidance for a universal school mask mandate on February 28. The petition reads: “We, the undersigned, are asking our school officials, from Commissioner Dan French and the State Board of Education, to school board members, superintendents, Read More…

Be Informed Health

Prog bill wants transgender therapy without parental consent

A bill introduced by a freshman Progressive Tanya Vyhovsky (Essex) and Winooski Rep. Taylor Small (Progressive/Democrat), who identifies as transgender, would allow a minor to receive medical treatment for transgender conversion without parental consent. H659 “proposes to allow a minor who identifies as transgender to consent to receiving hormone blockers and other nonsurgical, gender-affirming care and Read More…

Health

VT hospital ICU doctor vents on Instagram against vax refusers

The University of Vermont Medical Center today responded to inquiries about the hospital’s chief of critical care’s social media criticism of vaccine-refusing patients. Dr. Gilman Allen, chief of critical care and a critical care specialist in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at UVMMC, wrote recently on Instagram: “What is more entitled and privileged than refusing Read More…

Health

Health Dept. won’t release unvaccinated Covid death info

The Vermont Department of Health no longer reports the number of unvaccinated Vermont Covid-19 deaths on its daily dashboard or weekly reports. Nor will it, at least as long as the current surge of Covid-19 cases lasts.  Despite repeated references by state officials to the Vermont Covid-19 pandemic as “a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” and Read More…

Business & Economics Health Statehouse

Agency of Commerce and Community Development Directs “Big Box” Retailers to Cease In-Person Sales of Non-Essential Items

31 March 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2020 CONTACT: Nate Formalarie, Communications Director Agency of Commerce and Community Development (802) 522-7323; nate.formalarie@vermont.gov Agency Of Commerce And Community Development Directs “big Box” Retailers To Cease In Person Sales Of Non-essential Items Large Retailers Asked to Comply with Stay Home/Stay Safe Order Montpelier, Vt. –  The Read More…

Business & Economics Health Rutland County Statehouse

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…

Health Statehouse

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…

Business & Economics Health Statehouse

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…

Health

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…

Health

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…

Health

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…

Health

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…

Business & Economics Energy Health

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…