COVID-19 Information

STAY HOME STAY SAFE – The information below is updated periodically. For more up to date information, please visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/

Latest update on the State and Federal programs and a resource you may find useful.

Disaster COVID-19 Business Lending 901 – Vermont Small Business Development Center 1540 Vermont Route 66 Randolph, Vermont 05060 Tel: (802) 728-9101 or in VT (800) 464-SBDC Fax: (802)728-3026. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 188 Randolph Center, VT 05061 www.vtsbdc.org
  1. The State Relief Grants are still open…so if you have at least a 50% loss for one month in the designated period this is still a viable option for you.
  2. Two of the Sector Specific Grants have opened:
    1. Agriculture
    2. Health Care
  3. The Sole Proprietor Lottery (SPSP) has opened.
  4. The EIDLEA (Advance) has been closed…but the EIDL (loan) portal is still accepting applications.

There is a “Gathering Storm” on a national basis of potential, looming litigation if an employee tests positive for the Coronavirus and a guest/client/customer/staff member claims they contracted it at your business. The below link is, yes, restaurant/hospitality specific, however contains downloadable formats and information that are general enough to apply to any business.
What are you doing when an employee tests positive for Covid19?

“Response, Recovery, Resilience”
Coronavirus & Your Business…We’re Here to Help

PPP Loan & Forgiveness Updates
SBA Issues Update: First PPP Interim Final Rule Following PPP Flexibility Act  On June 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an updated interim final rule for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in response to the PPP Flexibility Act passed on June 5, 2020. The updated guidance accounts for revisions made to the covered period, usage of funds changes, extended safe harbors, and more. Here is a quick rundown of the changes made by the PPP Flexibility Act.
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  SBA Issues a Revised, Borrower-Friendly PPP Loan Forgiveness Application  On June 17, 2020 the SBA and The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a revised, borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers. 
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Visit our COVID-19 Resource Page

Vermont Phase IV Direct Food Distributions, July 6th-August 28th.
The state is planning to operate a food distribution point in conjunction with the Vermont Foodbank in the St. Albans area starting next week.

Please note that these sites will REQUIRE appointments and reservations. People will be able to register with a web form or through 211.

St. Albans:  St Albans Town Educational Center
169 S Main St, St Albans City, VT 05478

Dates of distribution: (August dates are tentative and will be confirmed the second week of July based on need identified in July).
7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17

These are a collaboration between the state, the Vermont Foodbank, and several Vermont companies (led by the Abbey Group) with the Vermont National Guard (VTNG) setting up the sites. VTNG and a Vermont Foodbank or Abbey Group representative set up site access, VTNG brings in one ~40 ft refrigerated truck with non-perishable meals (milk, produce, cheese/butter, and frozen chicken), then VTNG issues the food to people as they come through in vehicles. The sites will be open from 11:00am to 1:00pm for people with reservations only. People who don’t have an appointment will be turned away. (There’s no problem being late as long as the site is still open.)

Testing Information

COVID-19 Pop-Up Test Sites Open for Asymptomatic Vermonters
People who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 can make an appointment to be tested for the virus at pop-up sites located throughout the state to test 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.

Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking on the map of Vermont. To allow time for analysts to verify an increasing volume of data, the dashboard will be updated no later than 12:00 p.m.

Guidance for Vermonters

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 Care of Your Emotional and Mental Health
Concerns about our health and finances during the pandemic, and the unsettled state of national affairs, has left many of us feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:

Media Contact:
Ben Truman
Vermont Department of Health
802-951-5153 / 802-863-7281
CV19media@vermont.gov

Information for the public can be found at https://healthvermont.gov/covid19

Update on proposed State relief programs for all small businesses.

  • We have been informed that the EIDL second step (once you have received the EDILEA (advance) to “Create your SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Portal Account” is landing in your SPAM folder. You need to check your SPAM folder frequently. This portal is what allows you to take the next step in the loan process and if you are considering the loan this is the only access.

For Food and Accommodation Services, Retail, and Agriculture ONLY:

  • Though the State Relief proposed package is still NOT open (it is still in the legislative process and how the programs will be delivered is a work in progress) we have been informed that for the Restart Vermont Emergency Action Grants there is a step that you should take now to make sure you can access the grant money more easily as soon as it is available.
  • So in PREPARATION make sure that your on-line account with the Vermont Department of Taxes is set up.
  • If you have an account there is no action you need to take now.
  • If you DO NOT HAVE an on-line account you should take the time to set it up now. Here is the link: https://myvtax.vermont.gov/_/#2
  • We have not been told that it will be a requirement to have your on-line account set up…only that it will make the process more streamlined.

Again this is a PREP STEP and NOT THE APPLICATION PROCESS for accessing the grant monies. So do your due diligence now.

We will of course be alerting you when the program is open.

“Response, Recovery, Resilience”
Coronavirus & Your Business…We’re Here to Help
https://www.vtsbdc.org/coronavirus/

St. Albans Library Opens: CURBSIDE PROCEDURE PROTOCOL (MAY 2020)
Patrons can place order for materials

  • By phone
  • By email
  • By using their Koha account and placing holds individually or using their cart

Staff will receive requests and check out items to patrons.
Patrons notified by email or follow up phone call.
Staff must wear masks (gloves optional) when working in the Library. Masks must be on when delivering books to patrons in or outside the Library.
All items are placed in foyer awaiting pickup with receipt attached to item.
When more than 2 items are going out to a patron, items will be placed in a paper bag with patrons receipt stapled to bag.
Patrons can elect to have items handed to then at the entrance or brought to their car.
Home deliveries in the St. Albans area are optional following the same guidelines with staff never entering patron’s house/lobby/etc. (approved by Insurance).
Hours of home delivery will be based on staff availability and subject to change.
All materials returned to the library will be cleaned/disinfected.
Turnaround time for most items will be over 24 hours.

Merchant Sales – State Promoting: If anyone is selling online, offering curbside, selling gift certificates, etc. the state is helping to promote it.  Sign up for free here: https://www.lovevermont.org/

There’s a link to takeout restaurants and other sellers here on the main page, too: https://www.vermontvacation.com/virtual-vermont/products

The Department of Public Service is looking for Vermonters to call them if they do not have access to internet, and need it for school work – continuity of education, telemed/video doctor visits or to enable working from  home.  Please call 1-800-622-4496. They can’t help if they don’t know about the need.

2020 Census: Governor Scott reminded Vermonters to fill out their Census 2020 information by going online 2020Census.gov or by calling 1-844-330-2020. It takes about 5 minutes and is critical to federal funding. Vermont ranks 2nd from the bottom in response rate right now, please help us improve those numbers.  Federal funding is critical at this time.

Vermont WIC website links:
Home page: https://www.healthvermont.gov/family/wic
Apply to WIC: www.healthvermont.gov/applytowic
Local WIC clinic page: www.healthvermont.gov/local
Temporary Expanded foods list (COVID-19): https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/WIC_expanded_food_covid19.pdf

Congressional Contacts and Links:
Tom Berry (Sen. Leahy): Tom_Berry@leahy.senate.gov
Andrew Bahrenburg (Sen. Leahy – ag policy): Andrew_Bahrenburg@leahy.senate.gov
Pollaidh Major (Sen. Leahy – tracking nutrition and food access): Pollaidh_Major@leahy.senate.gov
Erica Campbell (Sen. Sanders): Erica_Campbell@sanders.senate.gov
Ryan McLaren (Rep. Welch): Ryan.McLaren@mail.house.gov

CARES Act Summaries:
Full Summary and FAQ links: https://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/COVID%20TOOLKIT%203.30.20.pdf
NSAC: https://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/closer-look-farmer-relief-senate-pandemic-package/
Treasury guidance on PPP: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm961

CARES authorized the states to extend Unemployment benefits to self-employed (who can be sole prop) and contract employees. VTDol isn’t quite ready to process claims yet, but they are asking self-employed to sign up for a newsletter. See: https://labor.vermont.gov/CARESact_Vermont/SelfEmployed

VAAFM Covid Resources
https://agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information

Caledonia Spirits Hand Sanitizer:
https://caledoniaspirits.com/cleanhands

GoFundMe Link for ShiftMeals:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/shiftmeals-a-local-food-response-to-covid19

Link to innovative direct sales model:
The event is over but if you click on “details” you can see how they navigated it: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-supply-outdoor-grocery-store-registration-100832789588?fbclid=IwAR2pMVncBFreehkKg5ZBPDxqo991O6tRG2Zeit4lasIw7Qte5cR2Q65WUGw#

Farm to Plate Covid Resources Page:https://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/resources/collections/covid-19-support

Guidance for municipalities- Agency of Commerce and Community Development (scroll down, listed alphabetically by sector). https://accd.vermont.gov/content/stay-home-stay-safe-sector-specific-guidance

Vermont League of Cities and Towns summary. https://www.vlct.org/sites/default/files/documents/Resource/EssentialFunctionsMACMemo_1.pdf

Updated Open Meeting Law information from the VT Secretary of State. https://sos.vermont.gov/secretary-s-desk/commentary/updated-covid-19-impacts-and-considerations-for-open-meeting-law/

Volunteer sign-up – Statewide: https://www.vermont.gov/volunteer. Northwest Vermont Specific: https://unitedwaynwvt.org/covid19-community-response

‘Workplace’ Poster for Sick/Family Leave Benefits. https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

Consider ways to still get goods and food from our local businesses with this Business Information Spreadsheet and the St. Albans Messenger’s Updated Restaurant List.