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VERMONT: Medical Reserve Corp Volunteers Needed to Bolster Existing Health Care Workers

Those with medical experience or other health care background and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current health care workforce.

The state’s volunteer website directs these individuals to Vermont’s MRC units, community-based groups of volunteers who can supplement local emergency, health care provider staff and public health resources. This is needed because Vermont’s existing health care workers are going above and beyond to respond to this challenge as it unfolds, and they are going to need reinforcements.

The Vermont Medical Reserve Corps is seeking these qualified and experienced volunteers:

Licensed and certified health care professionals;
People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience;
Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and
People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs.
State officials emphasize this effort is about drawing more skilled personnel, such as retirees or those not currently employed in the healthcare field, into the response and not about redirecting existing healthcare workers.

Vermont has eased licensing requirements for the purposes of aiding this emergency response. Individuals who are licensed in other states or who were previously licensed should visit the Health Department website and review the guide on emergency licensure.

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This just in: More clarity and tighter restrictions on lodging restrictions (including short-term rentals on platforms like Airbnb), travel to Vermont from COVID-19 "hot spots," and the guidance that anyone and everyone arriving from out of state — including Vermonters and non-Vermonters — must quarantine for 14 days (with exceptions for essential purposes). Read below, see link, and please share.


Calls for Compliance with CDC Travel Guidance for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Orders 14-Day Home-Quarantine for Anyone Traveling to Vermont

Updates Guidance and Compliance Measures for Lodging Operations

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today ordered additional restrictions on travelers arriving in Vermont and announced additional guidance for the lodging industry to enhance compliance with his Stay Home, Stay Safe order.

The measures under the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, effective March 25, were implemented in consultation with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health to minimize all unnecessary activities outside the home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the public.

Governor Scott is taking additional action to encourage compliance with newly released CDC guidance around interstate travel from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, which advised residents of those states to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.

In light of the significant risk posed by the further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters and the viability of Vermont’s health care system, this new order directs residents and non-residents coming from outside the state for anything other than an essential purpose to home-quarantine for 14 days and strongly discourages travel to Vermont by those located in COVID-19 “hot spots.” Details and exemptions are outlined in Addendum 7.

The Governor’s order also provides additional guidance to lodging providers to ensure compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, which suspended lodging operations.

The order makes clear that lodging facilities – which includes hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, short term rentals (e.g. VRBO, Homeaway, Airbnb, etc.), and all public and private camping facilities and RV parks – are to be closed except for stated exemptions when supporting the state’s COVID-19 response. Additionally, the Governor has suspended online lodging reservations.

Under this order, the Vermont State Police and local law enforcement will monitor lodging providers for compliance and work with the Attorney General’s Office on additional compliance measures if needed.

Addendum 7 provides lodging operations with additional details on requirements, and state agencies will also be reaching out to these businesses directly.

The Stay Home, Stay Safe order and today’s updated travel and lodging order are in effect until April 15, 2020, though may be extended or shortened as needed. For full details, please see link below.

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Resources for small businesses, compiled by Main Street Alliance of Vermont: Check out the PDF at link below:

Do you know someone who needs health insurance during the COVID-19 crisis? Uninsured Vermonters can sign up for Vermont Health Connect until April 17, no matter how long youve been uninsured. Also, eligible Vermonters can continue to apply for, and enroll in, Medicaid at any time.

Apply now by calling Vermont Health Connect at 1-855-899-9600.

For free help, call the Health Care Advocate at 1-800-917-7787 or online at: https://vtlawhelp.org/vhc-coronavirus
The new normal: The House Education Committee meeting this morning by Zoom, livestreamed on our new YouTube channel. Plus, a few innovative ideas from around the country, from the Education Commission of the United States. 

While states and school districts already have plans for emergency management and temporary school closures for natural disasters and other events beyond our control, this is the longest sustained disruption to the idea of normalcy in American life — and American schools — that many of us have encountered. In times such as these, it’s important to look to one another for answers, examples and inspiration. Blog link below: 


As a member of the Vermont legislature, I have many opportunities to both demonstrate and learn about leadership. Yesterday, leaders from all parties, led by Speaker Mitzi Johnson, demonstrated the power of unity and consensus by passing resolutions that will allow the House to continue its work remotely, and — most important of all — by passing two significant COVID-19 relief bills. See below for more details — and more to come.


MONTPELIER, VT - Today the Vermont House gave final approval to H.681 and H.742, the legislature’s COVID-19 relief package. H.681 contains several updates to our elections and open meeting laws to ensure local municipal meetings and state elections can be conducted safely in the current public health crisis. H.742 updates our unemployment insurance program and gives greater flexibility to our health care system to meet the unknown needs we will be facing. Both bills originated in the House and were part of the package passed on March 13, 2020.

Additionally, the House passed several resolutions today to (1) declare a state of emergency in the Legislative branch, (2) permit committees to vote on legislation remotely and (3) permit the House of Representatives to vote remotely. The House has already begun remote committee meetings via video conference. Live-streaming links are available on the committee pages of the Legislative website.

“I want to thank the Governor for his leadership and the steps he’s taken to keep Vermonters safe in our current public health crisis,” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero). “I also want to thank the Senate for their partnership and for working with our committees and chairs to ensure this legislation could move forward swiftly. These bills are critical to our state’s response to COVID-19 and will make a tremendous difference to struggling Vermonters in the coming weeks and months.

“The resolutions passed today will help provide that the legislature can continue to work on COVID-19 relief and other important issues without risking community spread of the virus. We are in an unprecedented time and do not take these changes to how we conduct business lightly. We will continue working hard for Vermonters in the coming weeks and months to be responsive to their ongoing needs. Every step we take, we must take together.”
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Kathleen - Thank you for having the fortitude to remark honestly on the actions of Representative Browning. In this day and age it is difficult to motivate our legislators to question and yes, even sometimes denounce the ways and means of their colleagues. You were polite, yet firm and principled with all of your commentary in questioning the highly questionable, 50,000 foot view of the present emergency, exercised by Representative Browning. Many thanks again for stepping up and being heard. PS - You might want to consider emulating Representative Bates by laughing (BWAHAHAHA) at a Covid 19 post plus engage in far more online coloring.