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Rep. Jim Harrison COVID-19 Update

The Department of Health wants Vermonters to know:

  • Visit healthvermont.gov/covid19 for the most up-to-date information and guidance (see new additions below).
  • All travelers coming to Vermont from out-of-state now must home-quarantine for 14 days (see details below).
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath):
  • CALL your health care provider. Many people who are mildly ill can manage their symptoms at home with rest, drinking fluids and taking fever-reducing medicine, when needed.
  • Testing is currently limited and is prioritized to healthcare workers, hospitalized patients, and vulnerable populations, however, the Health Department has expanded testing of people with mild to moderate symptoms (see details below).
  • Not everybody needs to be tested. Do not call the Health Department. Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
  • If you need to go food shopping, to the pharmacy or do other essential activities, keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others. Six feet is about the length of a 3-person couch or a bed.
  • It’s OK to get fresh air, exercise outside and walk your dog – as long as you keep 6 feet away from other people.
  • New science is coming in about how COVID-19 is transmitted – including how much that may happen before people experience any symptoms. While we don’t yet have all the answers, we do know that staying home and keeping your distance during essential activities is now more important than ever.
     

In other area news, Rutland Regional Hospital President Claudio Forte will be meeting this evening of community leaders on plans to transform the Spartan Arena in Rutland as a temporary hospital facility as the COVID-19 outbreak grows.

Attention Employers:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Ffcra) Notice Required
Per federal law, by April 1, 2020 when the FFCRA goes into effect, all employers with fewer than 500 employees must post this notice in a conspicuous place at work.
 
Other Links:
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Federal CARES Act
 
Stay Home / Stay Safe FAQ
 
Vermont Department of Labor and Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development have set up resource pages for information coming out on the Federal CARES Act: https://labor.vermont.gov/CARESact_Vermont, and https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19. On the ACCD page, note the “resources for business,” “resources for individuals,” and “resources of communities” tabs.
 
Medical volunteers, blood and food bank donations and more needed

I am honored to serve as the state representative for the district towns of Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon. You may reach me at JHarrison@leg.state.vt.us or my cell 802-236-3001. Messages may also be left during the legislative session at 802-828-2228.

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