Rep. Sibilia: March 31 update

Social distancing interview
Randy Capitani Publisher of the Deerfield Valley News and I were interviewed for a story on VPR with reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman. If there was ever a time to subscribe to local and state news organizations – this is that time.

Looking forward to chatting with you in the morning

Topic: Coffee and Discussion w/ Laura
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Bookmark for updates:
Vermont Department of Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus Current Status in Vermont Webpage for updates.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Disease page
World Health Organization Coronavirus Disease 2019


How are you connecting with family and friends during this time? Here’s a shot from our families virtual dinner with our Goose City, Georgia and Williston peeps.

GOVERNOR SCOTT CALLS ON VERMONTERS TO SUPPORT COVID-19 RESPONSE

Medical volunteers, blood and food bank donations and more needed as state ramps up response in anticipation of a surge in cases in the coming weeks

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott is calling all Vermonters into service with the launch of a new website allowing people to sign up for volunteer assistance to support the state’s response to COVID-19: https://vermont.gov/volunteer.

This website directs those with medical and healthcare skills to the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), and those with other needed skills to a quick registration process to sign up to help. 

“I am asking every Vermonter to dig deep and find a way to give more in this incredibly challenging time,” said Governor Phil Scott. “As we prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases expected in the coming weeks, it will require each and every one of us to do our part to ease the burden on our health care system, the struggles of those less fortunate, and, ultimately, to save the lives of our friends and neighbors.”

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. 

“In every health care facility in Vermont, staff have been working extraordinary hours, performing herculean tasks under great pressure and with limited resources,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “Knowing we have qualified volunteers ready to serve will help our current health care workers and strengthen Vermont’s response. We are all in this together.”

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.

Other Volunteer Workers and Donations Also Needed to Strengthen Vermont’s Response

Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can register through the state’s volunteer web portal and indicate their expertise and availability.

The State expects to draw upon many skills to meet the challenge of serving those affected by COVID-19, potentially including drivers, food service, construction, IT, security, skilled trades and more. 

In addition to volunteering their time, Vermonters can also contribute to blood banks, food banks, and other emergency supply efforts. The American Red Cross of Northern New England faces a severe blood shortage and many local food banks and other community organizations are in need of support and donations of supplies. In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:

Governor Scott is calling on all Vermonters to support these critical needs. “Our state is at its best when Vermonters pull together to help each other. The coming weeks will be very difficult, but united in common purpose, we will face, fight and defeat this virus – and emerge stronger together,” he said. 


A Message from Grace Cottage Hospital


On Thursday April 2nd the House Education Committee and House Ways and Means Committee will be holding a joint hearing. They will be discussing Vermont’s COVID-19 response. The joint hearing will be held on the House Education Committee’s YouTube page


GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT, ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS TO DETAIL THE ECONOMIC TOOLS AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

What:                  Media Availability

Governor Phil Scott and members of the administration will hold a media briefing on Wednesday to outline the tools the state has made available to Vermonters who are experiencing economic challenges as a result of COVID-19. 

When:                 Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:               MEDIA ONLY call-in option.Media are strongly encouraged to call in unless they have a technical need (camera or audio needs) to be onsite. Please RSVP before 10:00 a.m. to ethan.latour@vermont.gov for details.

GENERAL PUBLIC VIEWING:Most Vermont TV and radio stations live broadcast the briefings. Note, the Governor’s office will NOT be streaming the press conference on Facebook.



Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, or if you need assistance navigating government services at (802) 384-0233 or lsibilia@leg.state.vt.us 

Kind regards, 

Rep. Laura Sibilia 
Dover, Readsboro, Searsburg, Somerset, Stamford, Wardsboro, Whitingham

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