• Tim Briglin

Windsor-Orange 2 COVID-19 update (3/30/20)

Local leaders,

I neglected to put this into the "express envelope" last evening. I'll chalk it up to staff error.

First, and of most direct importance to municipalities, yesterday afternoon the Governor signed both H.681 and H.742, the bills the legislature passed last week that extend unemployment insurance, expand health care worker licensing, and temporarily amend the state's open meeting and election laws. If you haven't already seen this memorandum from the Secretary of State, this may be useful information for you and your town committees.

Second, in addition to further amending his emergency declaration to require travelers to Vermont from New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey to home-quarantine for 14 days, the governor and the Attorney General are taking a much more enforcement driven approach around last week's order that lodging facilities close. Under the governor's order, "the Vermont State Police and local law enforcement will monitor lodging providers for compliance" and penalties for failure to comply were announced. The new order also listed exceptions to the lodging restriction including: (1) Housing vulnerable populations (emergency shelter for homeless individuals) as arranged through the state; (2) Providing accommodations for health care workers, or other workers deemed necessary to support public health, public safety or critical infrastructure; (3) Use of lodging properties being as quarantine facilities as arranged by the state; and (4) Limited verifiable extenuating circumstances for the care and safety of Vermonters. The governor's lodging restrictions apply to VRBO and AirBnB listings.

Third, here is an invitation from VT Emergency Management to their weekly COVID-19 conference call for local emergency responders. It is on Wednesday, April 1 at 2pm with special instructions for participation on the attached invitation.

Fourth, I haven't been attaching the State Emergency Operations Center full report each day because it's a lot of the information, some of which is repeated in successive days. Here is Monday's version of the SEOC report. You might be particularly interested in the status and capacity of the state's health care facilities. That issue is addressed beginning on page 4. It is also apparent in this report that, while the state currently has reasonable hospital bed capacity, we are starting to see an increase in health care worker absenteeism due to infection.

Fifth, if your local emergency responders are in need of PPE, you might try this link that goes to the VT Dept. of Health to request material.

Finally, the Agency of Education put out a revised Remote Education Resources for Special Education memo on March 30th. This appears to be more a list of resources as opposed to guidance as to which resources to employ.

Have a good day,

Tim

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