As you may know, late this afternoon Governor Scott issued a new Executive Order titled “Stay Home/Stay Safe” that will take effect at 5:00 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25. The order states that many Vermont businesses must suspend in-person business operations, except for “businesses and entities providing services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety.”
Karen, David, and I are following up on the news from this morning that an individual in Addison County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. We had a lot of information in there from a public health perspective and will, of course, continue to communicate that vital content as we follow developments around COVID-19. We also know that you have questions and concerns about what working at Middlebury will look like in the months ahead, and how your jobs and lives—and those of your families and loved ones—will be affected.
Today, Porter Medical Center announced that an individual in Addison County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. It is our understanding that the individual was tested by Porter’s drive-through service after being screened via telemedicine. The patient is receiving care, following CDC guidelines, and self-isolating at home. We ask all community members to respect the individual’s privacy and avoid speculation and rumor as to their identity.
I’m following up on my message from Sunday night about working remotely and providing links to documents that will clarify our policy and provide you with additional information. We’re encouraging all employees in Vermont who can do their jobs remotely to discuss this option with their supervisors.
In February we announced that Middlebury’s new human resources software, Oracle HCM, would go live on March 15.
We are writing to let you know that we have postponed the go-live date, given the extraordinary circumstances we are currently facing and their impact on our ability to make a successful transition.
Based on your feedback, we will allow students to stay on campus until Sunday, March 15, 5:00 p.m. if necessary, and approved by student life.