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

5/21/20 – Update from Brenda Field, Tunbridge Emergency Management Director (EMD) and Fire Warden:

“The Spigot Turns” in Tunbridge

Thanks to all who have been following the Governor’s Stay Home and Stay Safe, Vermont has largely contained the spread of the Covid-19.

These reports have been part of our Tunbridge EOC (Emergency Operation Center). Unless something unforeseen happens, I will close Tunbridge’s EOC when the State of Vermont ends its “Emergency status.” Right now that is June 15th. When an EOC is activated, there is increased coordination between law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, public works, transportation, the selectboard, and the EMD, and potentially other private or not-for-profit partners such as utilities and grocery stores. I am grateful for all of the thoughtful participation we have had in this effort.

All coming from out-of-state are still required to quarantine for 14 days or 7 days and a rapid test. The Governor is still very aware that we are surrounded by states that have not had Vermont’s good results. We have sacrificed a lot to get to this point so good practices are still needed as “The Spigot Turns” and keep your PS (personal spacing). The warning is, there may be a future increase in the spread, so keep following careful hygiene and don’t be part of that increase.

That includes any of us that need to travel out-of-state and stay overnight out-of-state. If you are quarantining, do not go shopping. All details of openings are well-publicized on the news in the papers so keep watch or call 211 if you have questions.

You can always reach out to me with questions or concerns. My phone number is 802-889-5548, if I don’t pick up, please leave a message with a call back number. My email is brendafield666@gmail.com.

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.

As a precaution, the Tunbridge Town Office will be closed to the public effective Tuesday morning, March 17, and until further notice. The Town Office staff will remain available to assist you by phone and email.

To reach the Town Clerk, email: tctunbridge@live.com or call (802) 889-5521 and leave a message. She will be monitoring messages and email from home and will return your message as soon as possible during her normal business hours. Most of our town clerk’s business can be done online, and the deadline to license dogs has been extended until further notice (meaning you will not receive a late fee if you license after April 1).

To reach the Treasurer and Listers with any tax-related questions, call 889-3571.

The Treasurer’s email: treasurer@tunbridge.biz.

The Listers email: lister@tunbridge.biz

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