Here are the daily Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 Updates for April, 2020, as they are released. Also, surrounding county information for the Brattleboro area. Also, as of April 3, we’re including numbers from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
The Town of Brattleboro has some excellent resources being compiled. Here are the links to the Town’s pages:
Resources for Businesses
Resources for Individuals and Families
The Brattleboro Selectboard met virtually to discuss updates regarding COVID-19, staff furloughs, putting Representative Town Meeting on further hold, and other matters. Board members urged landlords to pause rents and banks to pause mortgage payments. And licensed electricians may be required for most rental properties repairs.
It wasn’t the smoothest technological feat, and it took a while to get things working semi-smoothly, but it sufficed.
• The Selectboard meets tonight at 6:15 pm on GoToMeeting…
• We have been advised that United States Census responses from Windham County are coming in more slowly than from some other areas of Vermont and other states. A complete count of everyone in Brattleboro and Windham County is important because, among other things, comparative populations are used to determine how much State and Federal funding assistance a community receives for a variety of programs and services. Please complete your 2020 Census form online or mail it in. If you are unsure how to do that, at least be responsive when a Census worker contacts you to ask for the information for your household. Thank you!
• The Recreation Department is offering “virtual gymnastics” on Wednesdays and Fridays, as follows:
Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 6 to April 10
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
Apr. 6 Beef Stroganoff over Noodles
It’s important to keep up morale during the emergency. One way to do that is food. But what to do when you hit those days when your delivery order isn’t ready yet, your curbside pickup order isn’t till tomorrow, or you just don’t feel like going to the grocery store yourself? This kind of circumstance can lead to a lot of bean and rice dinners, and who’s to say that’s a bad thing? It brings us back to basics, enduring a little hardship in what is, after all, a life and death situation. On the other hand, simple, noble cooking can be seriously boring if you really like food.
I think the key for me is to have on hand a few basic meals that we actually like to eat. That way, we can always make something reasonably appetizing. It’s important to keep meals appetizing because boredom and depression can diminish appetite and you want to keep eating, within reasonable bounds. Food makes us feel good, and it’s good to feel good, especially during an epidemic, because feeling good boosts our immunity.
WHAT IS NEW TODAY
There is no change in the deployment of Town resources today. However, we have 3 announcements today in the interests of public health and rumor control:
➢ This evening (beginning at approximately 6pm at the Brattleboro Police Station on Black Mountain Road) there will be a procession of state and local law enforcement vehicles driving through town to salute the heroic work of healthcare workers. They will make stops (but will not leave their vehicles) at health care facilities along the route. The vehicles in the procession will be using their emergency lights. BPD is issuing a news release to alert the public so that people will not mistakenly believe there is a large-scale law enforcement emergency in Brattleboro.
➢ The State of Vermont vehicles parked near the Connecticut River bridges and all other roadway points of entry into Vermont are noting the state of registration of vehicles entering and leaving Vermont. They are not collecting individual license plate data and are not restricting entry.
➢ Some gatherings of people are still being noticed around town. Everyone is reminded that our collective health and well being depends upon people adhering to the social distancing advice of public health professionals in compliance with Governor Scott’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” orders. People are encouraged to get outside for fresh air and exercise, including at Town parks, but no one should be within 6 feet of any other person, handling anything being handled by any other person, or touching any furniture or equipment at the Town’s parks or anywhere else outside of each person’s own home.
In an April 5 comment on a recent article, under the subject line: And people still need to move…. , cgrotke wrote the following:
“It would be a shame if, at the end of this, everyone is simply in debt up to their eyeballs, and everyone needs to work off the “debt” of these strange months for the foreseeable future. That would be a very slow digging out of the economy.”
Under the category: “This is so crazy, it might just work!” please allow me to offer up a solution:
For the duration of the current crisis, Mark Twain© would like to ask challenging questions, requesting your answers. Here are 2 questions for today.
How are the meanings of these two words similar, how are they different?
When would you use “plethora?” when, “myriad?”
BCTV Channel 8 / 1075 schedule for the week of 4/6/20
Monday, April 6, 2020
5:00 am Winston Prouty presents – Family Matters Ep 26 – Community Collaborations
5:30 am Winston Prouty presents – Family Matters Ep 27 – Adverse Childhood Experiences
6:00 am Dummerston Conservation Commission – An Archaeological History of Vermont 10/23/18
7:15 am Dummerston Conservation Commission – Maps of Dummerston 11/12/19
7:55 am The Quarantine Sessions from Next Stage Arts – Online from Next Stage – The Quarantine Sessions and Cooped Up Kids
Will the home inspector be given access to the house? If there is a septic system, will a septic inspector be permitted to do the inspection?
Even if inspections are permitted, you might not be permitted to be present, which means that you will not have the benefit on asking questions and actually seeing the inspector point out items, which is much more informative than simply reading a formal, written report. In such a case, find out if the inspector can take a lot of photos, or better yet, live-stream the inspection.
An employee at the Brattleboro Retreat is “presumed positive for COVID-19,” according to a story in the VTDigger.org today. The employee is in quarantine at home at this time. However, the same is not true of other Retreat workers who may have come in contact with that employee. They’ve been instructed by the Retreat’s HR Director that they should come to work or be terminated. However, if they “become symptomatic i.e. dry cough and/or fever,” they have been told to contact the HR Director.
BRATTLEBORO—Amidst the organization’s many measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Groundworks Collaborative has pivoted to a virtual approach for their 8th annual Camp for a Common Cause fundraiser.
The event, which normally seeks a permit to lift the Town of Brattleboro’s public camping restriction for one night each May on the Brattleboro Common, will happen virtually this year on Friday, May 1st. Organizers are encouraging participants to camp at home—on lawns, in garages, on balconies and decks, etc.—and in so doing, raise funds that Groundworks reports it needs “now more than ever.”
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 6:15pm. In keeping with Governor Scott’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order, this meeting will be held with no physical location using GoToMeeting. Copies of the agenda and administrative report are attached. Both documents contain information about how to access the meeting remotely. ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.