Coronavirus Response


CITY OF MONTPELIER Montpelier City Council Emergency Order

Be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Montpelier, Vermont, as follows:

COVID-19 EMERGENCY ORDER: WEARING FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED


WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to help prevent people who may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others; and

WHEREAS, the Vermont Department of Health “recommends that all Vermonters wear cloth face coverings when outside of the home to help slow the spread of COVID-19”; and

WHEREAS, Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development have issued the following instructions in conjunction with the Governor’s executive orders regarding COVID-19, found in Addendum 14 to Executive Order 01-20 that authorizes the Montpelier City Council to enact local requirements regarding facial coverings:

“Businesses and non-profit and government entities may require customers or clients to wear masks. The legislative body of each municipality may enact more strict local requirements regarding mask use than those set forth herein”; and

WHEREAS, The City of Montpelier’s City Council is also authorized by the City’s Charter to promote and safeguard the public’s health; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 remains a present health threat to residents of, and visitors to, Montpelier and a significant threat to vulnerable populations; and

WHEREAS, wearing a face covering is an important act of safety and empathy that those in Montpelier can do in an effort to protect others from an infection that may be unknowingly carried.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Montpelier City Council hereby issues the following COVID-19 Emergency Order:

WEARING FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED 
INSIDE ESTABLISHMENTS

Requirement to Wear Face Covering:

Starting June 4th 2020, any person, whether an employee, a customer, or a visitor who enters a public establishment located in the City of Montpelier that invites the public into their premises for the purpose of receiving services, purchasing products, or otherwise conducting business, wear face coverings over their nose and mouth while inside the establishment and while in the presence of others.

In accordance with the State of Vermont Executive Department Addendum 12 to Executive Order 01-20, the traveling and commuting public shall also wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are using public transportation conveyances, including buses, trains, and ride services and when in a mass transportation station.

Exceptions:

In accordance with the Vermont State Guidance, found in State of Vermont Executive Department Addendum 14 to Executive Order 01-20, masks are not recommended for

strenuous outdoor activity, anyone under the age of 2, anyone with a medical condition that is complicated or irritated by a facial covering, or anyone with difficulty breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If anyone has a medical condition that is complicated by facial coverings like a cloth mask a face shield is an appropriate alternative.

This ordinance shall not strictly apply to the extent that it frustrates the primary purpose of the business.

Posting of Requirement:

Each establishment shall post signage at the entrance and at other appropriate locations stating that customers (or visitors) are required to wear face coverings by order of the Montpelier City Council. Other locations can be alternative entrances (back doors, etc.) or at transaction locations such as registers. Signage requirements will have an effective date of Monday, June 8th, 2020.

Effective Period:

This Order shall remain in effect until the Montpelier City Council amends, rescinds, or suspends this Order or until the Governor declares an end to the COVID-19 State of Emergency

in Vermont, whichever occurs first.


Adopted by the Montpelier City Council at its special meeting on June 3, 2020.


Montpelier City Council Emergency Order: Wearing Face Coverings Required in Effect June 4th


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE STATE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19   


The City has been working with the State’s Department of Health and Emergency Management Department to closely monitor the emerging Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. In health emergencies of this magnitude, the State departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are the primary agencies accountable for response.  


City staff have been planning for the City’s internal response to COVID-19. The City’s main focus is how to mitigate impact to core vital services, protect staff and residents in their interactions with City services, and how to best support City employees through expanding access to sick-leave. Depending on the severity of this unfolding health crisis, the City may need to re-prioritize services and could consider cancelling big public events, prioritizing the roads being plowed (weather dependent), or other services. Staff will continue to meet weekly for the foreseeable future, to ensure City plans are current and thorough. 


In addition, we know that the public can receive competing information from sources regarding COVID-19, which can lead to increased worry. The situation is ever changing, check our weekly reports, available here for the most up to date information on the City’s response. 

We recommend getting any news information directly from the State Department of Health: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 

The CDC has prepared some simple steps you can take to protect yourself: 

a.    Surfaces and objects that you interact with need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly.

b.    Ensure you are washing your hands thoroughly and regularly! Washing kills the virus on your hands and prevents the spread of COVID-19. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

c.    Make sure you are practicing good respiratory hygiene- cough/sneeze into disposable tissue, or your elbow- and wash your hands afterwards.

d.    If you develop a cough or low-grade fever (99°F or more) you need to stay at home and recover.

Resources for COVID 19

If you are not in a high-risk group, and want to assist with response locally, consider signing up to assist with FEAST meal delivery by calling the Montpelier Senior Center here 802-262-6288, or by volunteering at area church’s community meals. 

There are a few local, resident-run and organized, resources that have been shared with the City:


Mental Health

The following resources have been collected from various online sources. The City does not have an opinion or endorse any singular provider. These resources are for your information only: 

  • The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) resource guide NAMI Guide
  • Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook by Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa 
  • There are virtual counseling resources available online if you need them: BetterHelp and Talkspace are two apps you can download to your phone that provide virtual counseling.
  • www.Crisistextline.org is a free service you can text with a crisis counselor if you need one
  • Local Options:
    • Washington County Mental Health Services are available should there be a need in navigating these turbulent and uncertain times where social distancing and isolation are leaving people feeling disconnected, potentially creating new levels of stress, anxiety and even depression. Whether adult, children or families, WCMHS counselors are available and working remotely to help with maintaining sound mental health. Help is also available online at https://bit.ly/2U6bUvD, around the clock. Call Washington County Mental Health Services, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at 802.229.0591
    • A list of local service providers is available here: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/596/Health-Care-and-Social-Services which can connect you to Aging, Mental Health, Veterans, and other social services
 Tool to find local mental-health providers: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists


Vermont State Housing Authority

In response to COVID-19 VSHA adopts temporary statutory and regulatory waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher and Project Based Voucher programs.
Learn more https://www.vsha.org/


WiFi Spots in Montpelier

Comcast has made all of their WiFi hotspots free and open to the public during this time. This includes all of the xFinity hotspots that they provide. 

Here is Comcast’s website dedicated to their COVID-19 response and how to find and connect to free internet: https://corporate.comcast.com/stories/how-to-find-open-xfinity-wifi-hotspots 


If you are a business owner, and are interested in support resources, please contact the Montpelier Alive:

During this difficult time, Montpelier Alive is here to help you. Whether you need advice on transitioning operations online, help interpreting all of the new mandates and restrictions, assistance navigating emergency loans, or just a listening ear, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are also trying to keep an up-to-date list of local business changes at www.montpelieralive.org/updates. Contact us at director@montpelieralive.org.

Introducing Montpelier’s Recovery Navigator
Montpelier Alive is pleased to partner with the Center for Women and Enterprise - a Small Business Administration partner - and the Montpelier Development Corporation to hire Jean Kissner as Montpelier’s Recovery Navigator. Jean will work with Montpelier Alive and Montpelier businesses over the next year as businesses help navigate recovery options, adapt to the new business environment, and reopen their doors for business. In addition to being well-versed in the alphabet soup of PPPs and EIDLs and federal loans, Jean has over 20 years experience helping businesses smoothly grow their operations and respond to the demands of change. Jean’s speciality is in operations and business planning, and she is well-equipped to help businesses adapt their business models for the post-COVID world. Most importantly, Jean is kind, patient, and a good listener who you will feel comfortable working with. Thanks to our partnership with CWE, Jean can also refer people to other consultants whose services will be paid for, including e-commerce specialists, marketing consultants, etc. Jean can be reached at jean@excellenceinops.com. We strongly encourage any business that is still considering applying for an EIDL or PPP loan to get in touch with Jean immediately, as we anticipate the new funds running out within the next 48-72 hours. 


Montpelier Mutual Aid:

  • Have opened up a website https://www.montpeliermutualaid.org/ 
  • They are a group focused on food resources and food delivery

    • Can connect folks to food pantries and the Senior Center’s FEAST meals
    • Can also assist with medication and pet food delivery
  • They are also connecting folks with CAN! (Capital Area Neighborhood) Groups in their neighborhoods
    The general CAN email is MontpelierCAN@gmail.com the phone number is (802) 828-7375


COVID-19: An Additional Important Reason to Quit Tobacco & Vaping

The new coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it harder for people who smoke or vape – tobacco, cannabis or anything else – to fight off the virus and putting them at much greater risk of severe illness, even death. Through outreach and social media promotion, the Health Department has been helping Vermonters to learn that there has never been a better time, and there has never been a better reason, to quit. Vermonters can find online or phone quit coaching, quit resources and tools at 802quits.org.


Additional Resources: 

Montpelier COVID-19 Resource Guide

Green Mountain Transit Service Alert Webpage

School District meal request program for all kids

Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS®

March 2020 Updates

  1. 6/26 Daily Update
  2. 6/23 Daily Update
  3. 6/17 Daily Update
  4. 6/16 Daily Update
  5. 6/15 Daily Update
  6. 6/10 Daily Update
  7. 6/9 Daily Update
  8. 6/01 Daily Update
  9. 5/28 Daily Update
  10. 05/27 Daily Update
  11. 5/22 Daily Update
  12. 5/21 Daily Update
  13. 5/20 Daily Update
  14. 5/18 Daily Update
  15. 5/15 Daily Update
  16. 5/14 Daily Update
  17. 5/13 Daily Update
  18. 5/12 Daily Update
  19. 5/08 Daily Update
  20. 5/07 Daily Update
  21. 5/06 Daily Update
  22. 5/02 Daily Update
  23. 5/01 Daily Update
  24. 4/30 Daily Update
  25. 4/29 Daily Update
  26. 4/28 Daily Update
  27. 4/27 Daily Update
  28. 4/24 Daily Update
  29. 4/23 Daily Update
  30. 4/22 Daily Update
  31. 4/21 Daily Update
  32. 4/20 Daily Update
  33. 4/17 Daily Update
  34. 4/16 Daily Update
  35. 4/15 Daily Update
  36. 4/14 Daily Update
  37. 4/13 Daily Update
  38. 4/12 Daily Update
  39. 4/11 Daily Update
  40. 4/10 Daily Update
  41. 4/9 Daily Update
  42. 4/8 Daily Update
  43. 4/7 Daily Update
  44. 4/3 Daily Update
  45. 4/2 Daily Update
  46. 4/1 Daily Update
  47. 3/31 Daily Update
  48. 3/30 Daily Update
  49. 3/27 Daily Update
  50. 3/26 Daily Update
  51. 3/25 Daily Update
  52. 3/23 Daily Update
  53. 3/19 Daily Update
  54. 3/19/2020 Immediate Release
  55. 3/18 Daily Update
  56. 3/17 Update from Representative Hooper
  57. 3/13 City Update
  58. Mayor Watson: COVID-19 Statement
  59. State Emergency Operation Center Activated
  60.  - 
  61. Executive Order to Stay Home

Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

June 26, 2020


Find this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19 by clicking
the “See the Latest Update” button.


Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pages
healthvermont.gov/covid19.

Do Your Part to Stop COVID-19 Spread

As state data and expanded testing and tracing capacity continue to support reopening, Governor Phil Scott today announced he will expand the number of states covered under Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy, which allows direct travel from designated counties without a 14-day quarantine requirement.


In early June, the Governor, in close consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, opened up travel to and from counties in New England and New York with less than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents without a quarantine requirement. Effective July 1, this policy will be expanded to counties below this threshold in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. Quarantine requirements remain in place for those traveling to and from other regions.


View the weekly map and all cross-state travel information

Outbreak Investigations

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said Friday that the Health Department’s investigations into several outbreaks or clusters have shown no recent change, but testing and monitoring continues.

Winooski/Burlington is at 115 associated cases

Windham County cluster remains confined to a family

Fair Haven area worksite has 12 associated cases. Only two of the cases are Vermont residents — the other 10 are residents of New York state. We are working with the New York Health Department and all individuals are actively isolating and quarantining.


Dr. Levine also encouraged Vermonters to “manage your exposure budget,” meaning using common sense to decide how much risk you’re taking on in your daily activities. Consider the three rules of contact:

Person to person contact, such as with a heath care provider, hair dresser, or a friend. Keep those to a minimum, wear a face covering and physically distance when you can. Make sure other households are trusted ones.

Contact density — avoid crowded places.

Contact duration or intensity — Don’t linger, stay outdoors when you can.

Safe Workplace Guidance

See new guidance for employers on what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Employers can learn how to support employees who need to stay home from work and protect others from getting sick.

Be Counted in the 2020 Census

Governor Phil Scott is urging Vermonters to complete the 2020 Census. Only about half of all Vermonters have responded so far — one of the lowest response rates in the country, he said. Getting an accurate count of Vermont residents is critical to helping ensure we get federal funds allocated in part on population and demographics – funding needed for infrastructure, school lunches, hospitals and more.


Be counted today — it’s quick and easy. Go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.

Protest Safely and Get Tested

We support Vermonters engaging in peaceful protests and other civic activities to make their voices heard. Please remember that large gatherings do pose a greater risk for virus exposure.


So please follow universal precautions when you are out – wear a face covering or mask if you can when near others, maintain 6-foot distance, and if you’re sick, find actions to make yourself heard from home.


We encourage anyone who is participating in a public action to get tested for COVID-19. Find a pop-up test site near you by visiting humanresources.vermont.gov/popups.

Case Information

Current COVID-19 Activity in Vermont

As of 12 p.m. on June 26, 2020


Description

Number

Total cases*

1,198

(7 new)

Currently hospitalized

4

Hospitalized under investigation

10

Total people recovered

941

Deaths+

56

People tested

61,589

People being monitored

1,373

People completed monitoring

1,379


* Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.

+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.


Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.


Find more information on the data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/currentactivity

COVID-19 Pop-Up Test Sites

Health Department is continuing to open pop-up sites throughout the state for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 to be tested for the virus.


Sites are currently scheduled through July. All clinics operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


Find locations and make an appointment at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call 2-1-1 or 802-828-2828 for assistance.

Guidance for Vermonters


Traveler Information

Get the latest info about travel to Vermont, including for quarantining and testing.

Anyone coming to Vermont is strongly encouraged to sign up for Sara Alert daily symptom check reminders.

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:


For more information:

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