COVID-19

This page will be updated regularly with items related to the coronavirus pandemic:

Regular Selectboard meetings are being held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6pm via Zoom. Members of the public are able to join this meeting via Zoom as well. For information on how to join and the access link, please email tunbridge.adm.assist@gmail.com or call 802-889-5521.

Tunbridge Emergency Management Update

1/16/21 – Update from Brenda Field, Tunbridge Emergency Management Director (EMD) and Fire Warden:

Many of you have been asking for information about vaccines. Yesterday’s report (1/15/21) from Governor Scott includes important information, so I have copied most of the report below. This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19. Click the “See the Latest Update” button for the most up-to-date info.

If you have questions or difficulty filling out the state online application (don’t have internet), you are welcome to call me at 889-5548 or Tunbridge Neighbors Helping Neighbors at 889-3437.

Vaccines begin January 25 for 75 and older

Vaccine clinics will start on January 27. People will register online, or by calling a phone number. The website and phone number will be announced on or before January 25, in addition to other details.

You will not be able to make an appointment by calling any other Health Department phone number. Please do not call your healthcare provider or hospital for vaccine appointments.

“This will be good news for many people, but I again need to ask for your patience and help as we finalize our systems so they can be rolled out as smoothly as possible,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD.

High-risk people can get vaccine soon

Dr. Levine also announced that people who have certain high-risk health conditions will be able to receive the vaccine once vaccinations of the 65+ age groups are complete. These are medical conditions that put people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as identified by the CDC. Severe illness is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

These are:

  • Current cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD, also called emphysema
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Severe obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sickle cell diseases

Get updated COVID-19 vaccination info

Stay up to date about COVID Vaccinations in VT including who can get the vaccine now and who will be eligible next at this website. Check back often, this page is updated regularly.

Prevent the spread & testing info

While we wait for vaccines to become more widely available to Vermonters, we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing and staying home when we’re sick.

You can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested. If you want to get tested for COVID-19 and have no symptoms, you can visit a location near you. There are now more than 15 regular locations throughout the state, and more of them are now open daily. Many sites now allow you to take a sample yourself, using a short swab in your nose. It’s quick, easy and free. Register for a test by visiting this website. (You will need to create an account to register.)

Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Field
Tunbridge Emergency Management Director

Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map

The Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Vermonters do not have reliable internet access at home and will be searching for access elsewhere. Internet access is essential to online, remote learning and working from home. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and valuable information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing and keep Vermonters healthy.

The Department received assistance from libraries, schools and municipal governments in creating the map, as well as support from the Agency of Digital Services, the Department of Libraries, the Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the Agency of Education, the Vermont Center for Geographic Information and the Department of Health. Follow this link to see the map.

The map is still missing many locations.  To fill in the gaps, we are seeking to crowdsource additional sites from the public.  These locations could include community centers, places of worship, recreation centers, downtown wi-fi zones, etc.  Please use the following form to enter information on sites in your community.

For more information, please contact psd.telecom@vermont.gov, but please enter all new sites via the form above.

Vermont Council on Rural Development Mutual Aid Toolkit
Across Vermont, community response teams and mutual aid organizations are rallying together to identify vulnerable neighbors and make sure they have the resources and support they need in this time of crisis. If you’re considering leading a crisis response effort in your town, check out this guide to mutual aid efforts. As you embark on this work, it can be helpful to establish some guiding principles. Here are a few to consider:

  • First do no harm – Everyone’s top priority must be slowing the spread of COVID-19, and all local efforts should adhere as best as possible to guidance provided by health experts.
  • Integration, not fragmentation – Coordinating local volunteer efforts with schools, social service agencies, municipalities, and other partners will achieve the greatest impact while building public confidence and minimizing confusion. Setting politics aside also helps to achieve unified action to serve all.
  • Strive for equity – Helping all Vermonters, and especially those who are marginalized, realize their potential means reaching across perceived boundaries and including under-represented voices at every juncture in our collective response.

7 Steps to Community Response & Mutual Aid link

Link to Vermont Council on Rural Development Compilation of Regional and Statewide Organizations 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. The link below will bring you to charts and curves showing “peak resource use” and other information for each state as well as for the entire country. There is a lot of information there. The projections assume the continuation of strong social distancing measures and other protective measures. It is sort of heavy information to take in at healthdata.org

The Vermont Department of Taxes continues to carefully monitor the evolving situation related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Department is working closely with the office of Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont legislature, following changes at the federal level, and adhering to guidance from the Vermont Department Health. Please see the Department’s information on relief for Vermont taxpayers at tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus. You should check this link periodically as the guidance may change. You may also follow the Vermont Department of Taxes on Facebook and Twitter.

The Tunbridge Town Office will be re-opening on Monday, June 29, 2020. Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands when entering the Town Office. At this time, two people at a time will be allowed to stand in the hallway. The bathroom will be available to the public.

Most business (including dump ticket sales, notarizing, certified copy orders, marriage licenses, dog licenses, tax bill requests and payments, etc.) will take place through the newly installed service windows from both offices into the main hallway. Access to the land records is still by appointment – to set one, contact the Town Clerk. See updated Town Officer hours below:

Treasurer (889-3571) – Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Town Clerk (889-5521) – Mondays, noon-6 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Listers (889-3571) – Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

We encourage everyone to follow CDC and Department of Health hand-washing and social distancing recommendations.

Thank you for understanding that these are unusual times, requiring precautions for public safety and health.

Links for more coronavirus-related information:
Vermont Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control
Governor Scott’s Stay Home Executive Order