COVID-19 Information

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Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
October 21st, 2020

FREE COMMUNITY FLU SHOTS OFFERED IN NOVEMBER! COMMUNITY PARTNERS COLLABORATE WITH MVP TO OFFER FREE FLU CLINIC

St. Albans, VT. – A FREE community flu clinic will be held on Thursday, November 12, from 2 – 6 pm at St. Albans City Hall. There is no appointment needed. This flu clinic is open to EVERYONE, regardless of your health insurance. This flu clinic is open to everyone, including those without health insurance.

A flu shot can protect you and your loved ones from the flu and the potentially serious complications that can come with it. There is no appointment required, but a bit of paperwork prior to receiving the shot.
The entire process takes about 5-10 minutes. If you have current health insurance, please bring your insurance card. If not, no problem! You may still receive the flu shot!

Masks will be required. All involved in the flu clinic will be following all COVID-19 health guidelines.

Note: MVP Health Care® does not administer flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are administered by immunization trained nurses and pharmacists.

This flu clinic is sponsored by MVP Health Care, Vermont Blueprint for Health,

the Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the City of St. Albans.

For additional information, contact Denise Smith
at the Vermont Blueprint for Health:  802-524-8913.

For details and additional local flu clinic dates, visit mvphealthcare.com/flu
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 Vermont Expanded Emergency Economic Recovery Grant Program Announced   The Legislature has created the Vermont Expanded Emergency Economic Recovery Grants Program as an expansion from the now closed program known as Emergency Economic Recovery Grants Program. The program is administered by the Department of Taxes and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development with specific guidelines and criteria for businesses.  An overview of eligibility and criteria, preparation recommendations, and process of determination can be found at the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development website and businesses must meet all the criteria outlined to be determined eligible. Webinars are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. and Friday, October 23 from 10 – 11 a.m. to provide an overview of the application and calculation process as well as answer any questions businesses may have. Any businesses interested in learning more are encouraged to join.  
  VT Funding Updates From the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD)     Expanded Economic Recovery Grants Announced October 20th the Governor Scott announced that ACCD and the Department of Taxes will administer a new round of grants for businesses: Expanded Economic Recovery Grants. The Department of Taxes application is open now through the myVTax portal until midnight on October 30, 2020. ACCD will be opening their application in the next week and the window to submit applications will also be two weeks. Visit the ACCD COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center for full details, eligibility requirements, how to apply, and FAQs for businesses. In addition, ACCD and the Department of Taxes will host informational webinars about the program Wednesday, October 21st at noon and Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am.   Ski Area Recreation Safety Grants ACCD announced a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) to help Vermont’s ski areas provide a safe skiing and riding experience in the 2020/2021 season. The program provides grants of up to $200,000 to downhill and cross-country ski areas to make safety improvements or to reimburse a ski area that has made an eligible physical improvement since March 1, 2020. The application deadline is October 30, 2020. For more information about grant eligibility, the application process, and qualified expenses, please review a slidedeck from a recent webinar.   Second Round of Hazard Pay Grants to Launch Next Week The new round of hazard pay grants for essential workers will launch on October 28, 2020 and funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. The first round was limited to essential workers in the healthcare sector. This new round of hazard pay grants expands eligibility to many additional sectors including lodging, traveling nurses, janitorial services, retail and food service, childcare, and more. The Department of Financial Regulation and the Agency of Human Services will host a webinar on Monday, October 26th at 3:00pm. Updated program guidance and application instructions for round two of the program will be made available next week.   Round Two of Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program Now Open The second round of the Healthcare Provider Stabilization Grant Program is now open. Eligible healthcare and human services providers, including those that received funding from the first round, can apply online through November 6th.     Municipal Public Facility and Service Program Here is the link to the CDBG-CV information website. About ½ way down the page you will find the information on the Municipal Public Facility and Service Program. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and currently the maximum grant is $50,000 but we expect to increase this to $200,000 through our next grant amendment with HUD. Below are the main points that should be known.    70% of the CDBG-CV funds must benefit Low or Moderate Income (LMI) persons.Priority is given to a project that can demonstrate that at least 70% of beneficiaries are low or moderate income persons according to HUD. Communities that are “area wide benefit” communities (where at least 51% of the town population has income below 80% AMI) would be considered more competitive than a more affluent town. All applications must have a clear connection to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirusany project that is funded must complete a HUD approved NEPA Environmental Review. Focusing on equipment and supplies to address and prevent COVID-19 will be easier to complete than a project that involves any ground disturbance or alteration of buildings. All applications must be submitted online through our grant system GEARS. And all application must be submitted by a municipality but funds can be subgranted to a non-profit entity.    If you have questions, please contact:   Nathan Cleveland | Community Development Specialist Vermont Community Development Program 1 National Life Dr, Davis Bldg, 6th Floor | Montpelier, VT 05620-0501 Please Note my new phone number: 802-585-5659 mobile   http://accd.vermont.gov/community-development/funding-incentives/vcdp      

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Guidance for Vermonters
Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.
If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider.
Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet and wear a mask when near others.

Getting Tested for COVID-19
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Use CDC’s Self-Checker tool to find out if you should be tested.

If you think you may need to get tested, talk with your health care provider, or call 2-1-1 if you don’t have a provider and need to be connected to care.

If you do need testing, look for a clinic or pharmacy that offers testing near you, or register at a pop-up location.

Visit our testing web page for more guidance and where to get tested if you do need it.

Return to School Guidance
Schools: Strong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools
Mental Health: A Strong and Healthy Start: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19
Sports: Fall Sports Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year
Find additional resources on our Schools, Colleges and Child Care Programs web page, including a new document: How PreK-12 Schools Can Prepare for COVID-19 Cases in their School.

Traveler Information

Visit our Travel to Vermont web page for continually updated information and guidance, including about quarantine requirements, testing, and to sign up with Sara Alert for symptom check reminders.  

Business Guidance
Visit the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s website for “Work Safe” guidance, which is updated regularly.

Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:

Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT. See ways for Coping with Stress.

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Media Contact: CV19media@vermont.gov