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Coronavirus Update

 

For Immediate Release

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Launches COVID-19 Hotline
Screening at Entry and Digital Information Session Aim to Increase Information and Awareness

 

BENNINGTON, VT—March 12, 2020—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is continuously working to minimize the spread of COVID-19, while providing safe care for all patients. The most recent actions include the launch of a COVID-19 hotline and a respiratory etiquette check-in at the main entrance. 

 

“Proactive monitoring and protection efforts have made SVMC safe for those with appointments and procedures scheduled,” said Tom Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO. “We want our patients to feel confident that SVMC is open and ready to provide the care they need.”

 

Hotline

A COVID-19 information hotline is now available at 802-440-8844. The most commonly requested information is delivered via a recorded message, after which a representative answers between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays.

 

SVMC recommends primary care providers as the best source for individual guidance and information. The hotline offers support for primary care providers and ensures those who do not have a provider get the information and services they need.

 

“Everyone’s situation is a little bit different,” said Paula Johnson, director of Quality, Safety and Value at SVMC. “The aim of the hotline is to deliver the information that patients need in a customized and timely way. We hope this will empower community members to take actions that will help ensure their safety and limit the spread of the illness.”

 

Front Entrance Check-In

 


 

Patients and visitors to the hospital will now notice signage that directs them to the touch-free automatic door at the main entrance. Patients have the option to go immediately to the Emergency Department for care or stop at a respiratory etiquette check-in, where they will be greeted and asked whether they have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. Those with symptoms are given a mask, and all are given a sticker with the date and which department or unit they are visiting. These efforts will allow clinical professionals to take the appropriate measures to ensure safety for all patients, visitors, and staff.

 

“If someone in the building has a cough or a fever, we need to know about it,” said Trey Dobson, MD, chief medical officer for SVMC. “These new screening measures ensure that we treat that person appropriately and minimize exposure to others.”

 

Visitors

The respiratory check-in is also provides an opportunity to reinforce the flu-season visitor policy, which recommends that those with symptoms of infectious disease (respiratory or gastrointestinal) wait until they are well to visit in person. In addition, visits are limited to those who are over the age of 18 and to no more than two per patient at a time. 

 

In addition, for the safety of patients and residents, the visitor policies at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, on SVMC’s Bennington Campus, and The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls have been updated to exclude all except medical visits.

 

“We know it is difficult to forego in-person visits with loved ones in our care,” said Suzanne Anair, who administrates both facilities. “But we trust that the families of our patients and residents will understand our desire to protect them from exposure to this potentially devastating illness.”

 

Digital Information Session

The hospital is partnering with the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) to present an online lunch and learn session for area business members at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The session will feature SVHC’s President and CEO Tom Dee and SVMC’s Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD. Participants will be able to ask questions related to COVID-19. Chamber members and members of the public can access the session at www.facebook.com/CATTVbennington/.  It will air on CAT-TV and be posted to www.SouthwesternVermontChamber.com/lunchandlearn.

 

“We lean on the strength of our award-winning health care system to keep us informed and safe.  We appreciate all the hard work Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and our other healthcare members are doing during this crisis,” said Matt Harrington, executive director, Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “We hope this Lunch and Learn provides a regional perspective and good information to the many communities we serve.”

 

Drive-Up Testing

 

SVMC nurses conduct a drive-up test for COVID-19.

For patients who have a referral for COVID-19 testing from their primary care provider, SVMC offers drive-up testing. The service allows patients to remain in their cars. The process was initiated over the weekend to minimize potential viral exposure to other patients and staff for patients who do not need emergency care or monitoring. Clinical staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE), swab patients in their cars, and remind patients to practice self-isolation until results are known. Samples are sent to the Vermont lab for results, which typically arrive to the primary care provider within 96 hours. The State of Vermont is not charging for the test.

 

Dee continued, “We have an extraordinary team of professionals and dedicated community leaders all committed to ensuring, as best as we can, that this virus has as little impact as possible on the health of our communities. The situation is changing rapidly. We aim to keep everyone informed, so we can all work together in this important effort.” 

 

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your state’s department of health. Telephone numbers and other COVID-19 information, including frequently asked questions and helpful resources, are available at svhealthcare.org. The site is updated continuously.

 

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit svhealthcare.org.

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

 

Media Contact:

Ray Smith
Director of Marketing and Communications | Public Information Officer

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

(802) 447-50003

ray.smith@svhealthcare.org

 

October Pool Schedule

October Pool 2020 Schedule  – Lap lanes are reserved by calling the Rec – 802-442-1053

PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate construction work inside the facility, there will be reduced hours 9/21/-9/26, (but additional hours on Saturday!) Fitness Center is closed 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Pool is closed 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  additional open hours for Saturday, 9/26, open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please call with any questions, 802-442-1053.

Town of Bennington Police Department Policy Advisory Committee Meeting

Open Position – Administrative Assistant/Permitting, Planning & Code Enforcement

 

Town of Bennington
Open Position

The Town of Bennington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Administrative Assistant/Permitting, Planning & Code Enforcement. This position requires excellent clerical skills, initiative, and decision-making ability. It includes office organization, typing, filing, telephone skills, as well as computer knowledge and experience. A complete job description and application is available below:

Qualifications include an associate degree in a business-related field or a minimum of two (2) years job experience in a similar position.

Cover letter, resume, and application w/references may be sent to the Town Manager’s Office, ATTN: Michele Johnson, Human Resources Administrator, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, Vermont, 05201.  The application information must be received by September 28th, 2020.

Bennington is an EOE employer. The Town of Bennington does not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

Complete Job Description
Application

DPW Roadwork Sept 21-25, 2020

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of September 21 – 25, 2020

Burgess Rd: will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic Wednesday through Friday as a Highway Crew removes old sidewalk and curbing in preparation for new paved sidewalks.  Men and equipment will be in or on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Chapel Rd (Upper): Crossover Rd to Jack’s Drive will be CLOSED 7:00am-5:30pm as the contractor crew works on the PFOA water main extension project.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Detours will be in place.  Please schedule your time accordingly to account for these detours or find an alternate route.

Coolidge Ave: will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic Monday through Wednesday as a Highway Crew removes old sidewalk and curbing in preparation for new paved sidewalks.  Men and equipment will be in or on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

County St between Safford St and Park St: will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic all week as Highway Crew continues storm drain repairs along this section of County St.  Men and equipment will be on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Gage St: Rec Center area: remains rough road until the private contractor can complete new waterline work.  Please use caution when approaching.

Imperial Avenue (West/Lower side): will be CLOSED Tuesday through Friday as Highway Crew begins repair and/or removal work of retaining wall and sidewalks.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Find Alternate Route.

Pleasant St: between Park St and Valentine St remains rough road until paving/patching can be completed.  Please use caution when approaching.

Polygraphic Ln (N.Benn): will be graded Thursday in preparation for paving for following week.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Scott St: remains rough road until paving/patching can be completed.  Please use caution when approaching.

Water St (N.Benn): Monday – will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic while a large hazard tree is removed on edge of roadway.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.  Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

 

REMINDER – FALL :

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clog storm drains and create flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure ALL LOADS ARE COVERED when taking leaves and or brush to the Transfer Station.

DPW Roadwork Sept 14-18, 2020

Town of Bennington Project List

Week of September 14 – 18, 2020

Burgess Rd: will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic all week as a Highway Crew prepares the area for new paved sidewalks.  Men and equipment will be in or on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Chapel Rd (Upper): North of Crossover Rd continues to be CLOSED 7:00am-5:30pm as the contractor crew works on the PFOA water main extension project.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Detours will be in place.  Please schedule your time accordingly to account for these detours or find an alternate route.

Coolidge Ave: will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic all week as a Highway Crew prepares the area for new paved sidewalks.  Men and equipment will be in or on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

Gage St: Rec Center area: remains rough road until the private contractor can complete new waterline work.  Please use caution when approaching.

Pleasant St: between Park St and Valentine St remains rough road until paving/patching can be completed.  Please use caution when approaching.

Polygraphic Ln (N.Benn): continues to be reduced to One-Lane Traffic while a Sewer Crew continues work on the Sewer Main Replacement project.  Men and equipment will be in the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays.

Scott St: Monday and Tuesday will be reduced to One-Lane Traffic for a sewer service line repair.  Men and equipment will be in or on edge of the roadway.  Please use Caution and Expect Delays

TOWNWIDE:

Weed eating & Roadside Mowing continues across town at various locations.  PLEASE USE CAUTION when approaching these areas and expect delays.

All Work will be dependent on weather conditions.  Please use caution when entering a construction zone, men and equipment will be in the traveled portion of the road.

REMINDER – FALL :

Please DO NOT rake or blow leaves into Town streets or Highways as these clog storm drains and create flooding and driving hazards for the entire community.

Residents and Contractors – Please make sure ALL LOADS ARE COVERED when taking leaves and or brush to the Transfer Station.

Select Board Meeting – September 14, 2020

To view the Select Board packet for the meeting of September 14, 2020, please click here: Current Select Board Packet

Bennington Energy Committee Meeting

 

M E E T I N G   N O T I C E
BENNINGTON ENERGY COMMITTEE
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Zoom Meeting
A G E N D A

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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1.      Review minutes from August meeting

2.      Madison Kremer to report on meeting with Stephen Dotson, Brattleboro sustainability/energy coordinator

3.      Marsh to report on research into EV and hybrid police vehicles.

4.      Marsh to report on Climate Advocates interest in helping people navigate the process for adopting new technologies (heat pumps, etc.) and state/utility incentives and rebates

5.      Allison to report on op-eds campaign

6.      Wendy to report on adding EE to Town building ordinance

7.      Deanna to report on list of incentives for renters to include at food drop on 9/3

8.      Jeannie to report on possible stronger partnership with BROC on weatherization

9.      Jeannie to report on possible relationship between Planning Commission, DRB and Energy Committee

10.  Bruce with more detail on Efficiency Vermont incentives;

11.  Michael to report on signing for 2020 Button Up Campaign

12.  Nancy to report on Habitat conversation

13.  Review recommendations to Select Board for 2021

14.  Public comment

15.  Confirm agenda for second Thursday of month, October 8, 2020 meeting.

Bennington Rec Center – Berkshire Family YMCA – Schedules

The Bennington Rec Center is back to almost normal hours.  They are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please find schedules below:

September Pool Schedule -Lap lanes are reserved by calling the Rec – 802-442-1053

September/October 2020 Group Fitness Schedule

September-October Youth Programs

New Senior Center Procedures

NEW SENIOR CENTER PROCEDURES

Due to requirements set by the Governor’s office and the Department of Health, the following procedures/protocols will remain in place until further notice:

  1. Masks will be required for everyone entering the building.
  2. Everyone will have their temperature checked with a contact-free thermometer.
  3. You must fill out a registration/contact information form. We are required to keep this information in the event COVID-19 contact tracing is needed.
  4. You must sign in at the reception desk each time you come for an activity.
  5. You must maintain a 6 foot distance from others while at the Senior Center.
  6. Signing up for activities ahead of time will be required due to occupancy restrictions. Our phone number is (802) 442-1052.
  7. Entry to the Senior Center is for scheduled activities ONLY.

    We appreciate your cooperation in following these procedures. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for you while you are here. This entire re-opening process will take time; we thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you again.

September Schedule

Sample Ballots

Sample ballots for the November 3rd General Election are now available for viewing.  Please note, early absentee ballots will automatically be sent to all active voters in late September.  You do not need to request a ballot.  

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Cassandra Barbeau
Town Clerk
cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org

 

 

 

 

http://benningtonvt.org/departments/town-clerk/elections/sample-ballots/