Vermont continues to see an increase in COVID-19 cases. Addison County had 210 new cases within the last 14 days. It remains important to stay informed about local and state COVID-19 conditions. You can do this by following media coverage, regularly checking the Vermont Department of Health website, and by signing up for COVID-19 updates through the VT–Alert service.
On Saturday January 16, a limited number of students will return to campus to begin winter term research projects. As we did in the fall, these students will go through the standard protocols for arrival testing and then will remain in campus quarantine.
Campus remains closed. Only students approved by the Dean of Students Office can be on campus. Over the coming weeks, Human Resources will be working with department managers to update work plans and exposure control plans for the spring semester for employees. In the meantime, follow the plans that you have in place.
Here are some important reminders:
- Employees who can perform their work remotely must continue to do so.
- Employees who will be working on campus must follow Vermont guidelines, regardless of state of residence. Avoiding travel and gatherings is the best way to avoid quarantine, the need for a COVID-19 test, potential exposure, and to keep our community safe.
- Targeted Dynamic Testing on campus will resume on Thursday January 21. Following the approach we used in the fall, employees in certain positions will be scheduled for testing on January 21, 25, or 28 via email or through their manager/supervisor.
- Please note that Vermont has expanded testing availability for those without symptoms in Middlebury and other communities. Visit the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 testing webpage for more information.
- Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 should talk with their health care provider about getting tested. Individuals without a health care provider may call 2-1-1 to connect to care or contact the nearest federally qualified health center or one of Vermont’s free and referral clinics.
- Finally, remember that strictly adhering to these essential precautions will protect everyone:
- Stay home if you are sick or have had possible exposure from travel or gatherings.
- Complete a daily health check prior to work.
- Wear a face covering.
- Maintain physical distancing while on campus, including during breaks when eating or drinking. Stagger breaks so that employees are not together with face coverings off.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Adhere to posted capacities and guidelines for buildings and office space.
Thank you for your continued support and efforts to keep our community safe. We look forward to continuing to partner with you in preparation for the spring semester.
Laura Carotenuto, AVP for Human Resources
Cathy Vincent, AVP for Human Resources