Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE STATE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19   


The City has been working with the State’s Department of Health and Emergency Management Department to closely monitor the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. In health emergencies of this magnitude, the State departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are the primary agencies accountable for response.  


City staff have been planning for the City’s internal response to COVID-19. The City’s main focus is how to mitigate impact to core vital services, protect staff and residents in their interactions with City services, and how to best support City employees through expanding access to sick-leave. Depending on the severity of this unfolding health crisis, the City may need to re-prioritize services and could consider cancelling big public events, prioritizing the roads being plowed (weather dependent), or other services. Staff will continue to meet weekly for the foreseeable future, to ensure City plans are current and thorough. 


In addition, we know that the public can receive competing information from sources regarding COVID-19, which can lead to increased worry. The situation is ever changing, check our weekly reports, available here for the most up to date information on the City’s response. 

We recommend getting any news information directly from the State Department of Health: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 

The CDC has prepared some simple steps you can take to protect yourself: 

a.    Surfaces and objects that you interact with need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly.

b.    Ensure you are washing your hands thoroughly and regularly! Washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID-19. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

c.    Make sure you are practicing good respiratory hygiene- cough/sneeze into disposable tissue, or your elbow- and wash your hands afterwards.

d.    If you develop a cough or low-grade fever (99°F or more) you need to stay at home and recover.

Resources for COVID 19

If you are not in a high-risk group, and want to assist with response locally, consider signing up to assist with FEAST meal delivery by calling the Montpelier Senior Center here 802-262-6288, or by volunteering at area church’s community meals. 

There are a few local, resident-run and organized, resources that have been shared with the City:


Mental Health

The following resources have been collected from various online sources. The City does not have an opinion or endorse any singular provider. These resources are for your information only: 

  • The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) resource guide NAMI Guide
  • Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook by Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa 
  • There are virtual counseling resources available online if you need them: BetterHelp and Talkspace are two apps you can download to your phone that provide virtual counseling.
  • www.Crisistextline.org is a free service you can text with a crisis counselor if you need one
  • Local Options:
    • Washington County Mental Health Services are available should there be a need in navigating these turbulent and uncertain times where social distancing and isolation are leaving people feeling disconnected, potentially creating new levels of stress, anxiety and even depression. Whether adult, children or families, WCMHS counselors are available and working remotely to help with maintaining sound mental health. Help is also available online at https://bit.ly/2U6bUvD, around the clock. Call Washington County Mental Health Services, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at 802.229.0591
    • A list of local service providers is available here: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/596/Health-Care-and-Social-Services which can connect you to Aging, Mental Health, Veterans, and other social services
 Tool to find local mental-health providers: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists


Vermont State Housing Authority

In response to COVID-19 VSHA adopts temporary statutory and regulatory waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Voucher programs.
Learn more https://www.vsha.org/


WiFi Spots in Montpelier

Comcast has made all of their WiFi hotspots free and open to the public during this time. This includes all of the xFinity hotspots that they provide. 

Here is Comcast’s website dedicated to their COVID-19 response and how to find and connect to free internet: https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/how-to-find-open-xfinity-wifi-hotspots 


If you are a business owner, and are interested in support resources, please contact the Montpelier Alive:

During this difficult time, Montpelier Alive is here to help you. Whether you need advice on transitioning operations online, help interpreting all of the new mandates and restrictions, assistance navigating emergency loans, or just a listening ear, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are also trying to keep an up-to-date list of local business changes at www.montpelieralive.org/updates. Contact us at director@montpelieralive.org.

Introducing Montpelier’s Recovery Navigator
Montpelier Alive is pleased to partner with the Center for Women and Enterprise - a Small Business Administration partner - and the Montpelier Development Corporation to hire Jean Kissner as Montpelier’s Recovery Navigator. Jean will work with Montpelier Alive and Montpelier businesses over the next year as businesses help navigate recovery options, adapt to the new business environment, and reopen their doors for business. In addition to being well-versed in the alphabet soup of PPPs and EIDLs and federal loans, Jean has over 20 years experience helping businesses smoothly grow their operations and respond to the demands of change. Jean’s speciality is in operations and business planning, and she is well-equipped to help businesses adapt their business models for the post-COVID world. Most importantly, Jean is kind, patient, and a good listener who you will feel comfortable working with. Thanks to our partnership with CWE, Jean can also refer people to other consultants whose services will be paid for, including e-commerce specialists, marketing consultants, etc. Jean can be reached at jean@excellenceinops.com. We strongly encourage any business that is still considering applying for an EIDL or PPP loan to get in touch with Jean immediately, as we anticipate the new funds running out within the next 48-72 hours. 


Montpelier Mutual Aid:

  • Have opened up a website https://www.montpeliermutualaid.org/ 
  • They are a group focused on food resources and food delivery

    • Can connect folks to food pantries and the Senior Center’s FEAST meals
    • Can also assist with medication and pet food delivery
  • They are also connecting folks with CAN! (Capital Area Neighborhood) Groups in their neighborhoods
    The general CAN email is MontpelierCAN@gmail.com the phone number is (802) 828-7375


COVID-19: An Additional Important Reason to Quit Tobacco & Vaping

The new coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it harder for people who smoke or vape – tobacco, cannabis or anything else – to fight off the virus and putting them at much greater risk of severe illness, even death. Through outreach and social media promotion, the Health Department has been helping Vermonters to learn that there has never been a better time, and there has never been a better reason, to quit. Vermonters can find online or phone quit coaching, quit resources and tools at 802quits.org.


Additional Resources: 

Montpelier COVID-19 Resource Guide

Green Mountain Transit Service Alert Webpage

School District meal request program for all kids

Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®

March 2020 Updates

  1. 6/01 Daily Update
  2. 5/28 Daily Update
  3. 05/27 Daily Update
  4. 5/22 Daily Update
  5. 5/21 Daily Update
  6. 5/20 Daily Update
  7. 5/18 Daily Update
  8. 5/15 Daily Update
  9. 5/14 Daily Update
  10. 5/13 Daily Update
  11. 5/12 Daily Update
  12. 5/08 Daily Update
  13. 5/07 Daily Update
  14. 5/06 Daily Update
  15. 5/02 Daily Update
  16. 5/01 Daily Update
  17. 4/30 Daily Update
  18. 4/29 Daily Update
  19. 4/28 Daily Update
  20. 4/27 Daily Update
  21. 4/24 Daily Update
  22. 4/23 Daily Update
  23. 4/22 Daily Update
  24. 4/21 Daily Update
  25. 4/20 Daily Update
  26. 4/17 Daily Update
  27. 4/16 Daily Update
  28. 4/15 Daily Update
  29. 4/14 Daily Update
  30. 4/13 Daily Update
  31. 4/12 Daily Update
  32. 4/11 Daily Update
  33. 4/10 Daily Update
  34. 4/9 Daily Update
  35. 4/8 Daily Update
  36. 4/7 Daily Update
  37. 4/3 Daily Update
  38. 4/2 Daily Update
  39. 4/1 Daily Update
  40. 3/31 Daily Update
  41. 3/30 Daily Update
  42. 3/27 Daily Update
  43. 3/26 Daily Update
  44. 3/25 Daily Update
  45. 3/23 Daily Update
  46. 3/19 Daily Update
  47. 3/19/2020 Immediate Release
  48. 3/18 Daily Update
  49. 3/17 Update from Representative Hooper
  50. 3/13 City Update
  51. Mayor Watson: COVID-19 Statement
  52. State Emergency Operation Center Activated
  53.  - 
  54. Executive Order to Stay Home

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

June 1, 2020


Find this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking
the “See the Latest Update” button.


Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pages

healthvermont.gov/covid19.


Racial Equity Task Force

At Monday’s press conference, Governor Phil Scott addressed the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the reactions, and the justifiable outrage it sparked across the nation.

“For many people today, every time something like this happens, it’s another reminder of how long communities of color have been waiting for equity, and how little things have changed,” said Governor Scott.


The Governor emphasized that we need to acknowledge these incidents are systemic — built into our social systems, our economic systems and everything in between, and that we are not immune in Vermont.


He announced the launch of a Racial Equity Task Force, charged with:

  • Looking at the disparities in COVID-19 infection and death rates
  • Evaluating supports for racially diverse populations
  • Reviewing current state and federal law on hate speech
  • Contemplating ways to encourage Vermonters from a range of racial and ethnic groups to run and serve in public office, at all levels.


Gov. Scott acknowledged a taskforce is not the cure-all, encouraging Vermonters to take time to reflect on what role each of us can play to end hate, racism and bigotry.


“And for those of us who are white, who aren’t typically the victim of it, we need to take a very close look, because the reality is, it’s everywhere, even here,” he said. “The good news is, we can fix this without waiting for a vaccine, or other solutions out of our control, it just takes us uniting, to make this a better country for everyone, because like the coronavirus, this is literally in our hands.”


Protest Safely

In his remarks, Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD asked Vermonters who engage in public protests and other civic activities to be aware that the same COVID safety precautions apply as with any other gathering.


“In attempting to address the great ills in our society — systemic racism, historic injustice, trauma, mistreatment by authorities, and severe health inequities — we do not want to create a greater threat to public health by accelerating the spread of COVID,” Dr. Levine said. “We hope and ask that protests in Vermont can be done in a way that is consistent with state guidelines to protect the health of every one of us.”


Protests over the weekend were peaceful and respectful, he said. Many participants were wearing facial coverings, but the size of gatherings and lack of physical distance between people is a cause for concern.



Free COVID-19 Testing This Week in Winooski

Dr. Levine announced the Health Department will offer free COVID-19 testing every day this week for Winooski community members at the O’Brien Community Center, 32 Mallets Bay Avenue in Winooski.


Sign up for an appointment and get more information at: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/winooski, or call 2-1-1.


The Health Department is investigating a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Winooski. It is not an outbreak of the virus spreading throughout the city.


The department has been in contact with the individuals and is providing appropriate guidance — including for self-isolation and quarantine. The contact tracing team has been reaching out to any of these individuals’ close contacts to identify any further risk and need for testing.


“This is a public health effort. It’s what we do every day,” said Dr. Levine. “Our epidemiology team, along with our Burlington Local Health Office staff – the people who community members in Chittenden County see for WIC clinics, immunizations and all our local health services – will be leading our outreach, contact tracing and testing efforts.”


Dr. Levine noted that the nature of this virus – and any highly communicable disease – is its ability to spread easily from person to person, especially in more populated areas. He reiterated that all Vermonters should continue to follow the same precautions: practice physical distancing, use face coverings when around other people, regularly wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick.


New on healthvermont.gov

Traveler Information

Traveling to Vermont or coming back from a trip out of state? The Health Department’s new travel web page is dedicated to providing Vermonters with travel-related information and guidance, including for quarantining and testing.

NEW: Anyone coming to Vermont is strongly encouraged to sign up for daily symptom check reminders. You can:

✔ Get fast, easy, and free reminders by email, text or phone to check yourself for symptoms

✔ Access the Health Department for guidance and information quickly if you develop symptoms

✔ Help our public health teams contain the spread of COVID-19

The symptom check reminders, called Sara Alert, is not a contact tracing system. It is not GPS-based, so it does not monitor a person’s movements or track their location.

College students returning to Burlington can also use this web page as a resource — along with the city’s Supportive Quarantine Pilot Program — and sign up for Sara Alert.


Restart Vermont

Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles today also announced a restart plan for resuming driver’s license tests and a new service for Vermonters to receive their learner’s permit online as the state begins limited resumption of services paused due to COVID-19. Read the press release.


Testing Information

 

COVID-19 Pop-Up Test Sites Open for Asymptomatic Vermonters

Appointments are still available at pop-up sites located throughout the state to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus. Find locations and make an appointment to be tested at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups. You can also call 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828. All clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


We especially encourage health care workers, first responders, child care providers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners – to consider being tested.

Vermonters With Even Mild Symptoms Should Call Their Doctor to Be Tested

People with even mild symptoms are encouraged to call their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have possible symptoms. Your health care provider will ensure you receive proper care and treatment.


If you don’t have a health care provider: Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a community or hospital-connected clinic.


Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 11:00 a.m. on June 1, 2020


Total cases*

983

Currently hospitalized

0

Hospitalized under investigation

16

Total people recovered

880

Deaths+

55

People tested

35,326

People being monitored

32

People completed monitoring

894


*Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.

+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.


Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.


Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking on the map of Vermont.


Guidance for Vermonters

 

  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
  • If you are having even mild symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider.
  • Most information is available online: Visit our regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions or use the chat bot to ask your COVID-19 question.
  • If you still have health-related COVID-19 questions, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240.
  • For non-health related questions, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-652-4636.


Food Distribution

The Vermont Foodbank and the Vermont National continue to distribute meals to those in need throughout May and June. Supplies at each site are limited. For the full list of locations and details, visit: https://vem.vermont.gov/pods

 

Make Wearing a Mask a Habit

As Vermont gradually opens, wearing face coverings is more important than ever. Even with a mask, we still need to keep 6 feet between ourselves and other people. Learn more about why and how we need to wear masks.


Keep a List of Your Close Contacts
Health officials suggest that Vermonters keep a journal of contacts – a list of other people with whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people and so they can take precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including being tested if recommended.


Take Steps to Prevent the Spread of Rabies in Pets and Wildlife

As days get longer and warmer you and your pets may come into more contact with wild animals — including baby animals. To prevent the spread of rabies, the best thing to do is leave wildlife alone and enjoy them from a distance.


Rabies is a deadly viral disease of the brain that infects mammals and is fatal to both humans and animals. Pets should be vaccinated for rabies. State law requires dogs and cats to be vaccinated. Get more details in the May 29 press release.


Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health

Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:


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