COVID-19 Updates

    CEO Coronavirus Update – April 13, 2021

    As I reflect back on what was happening at this time last year, I am incredulous at the progress we’ve made in the battle against COVID-19. We first learned of the virus in China in December 2019, it came to the U.S. in January 2020, and by mid-March 2020, the world was shutting down in an effort to quell transmission of the virus. A year ago, none of us had any idea what lay in store, and the prevailing mood was fear and uncertainty. Now, just 13 months later, almost 20% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – March 16, 2021

    Although springtime is slow to arrive in Vermont, as always, there is a definite spring in our steps here at Grace Cottage as we continue to vaccinate 350-400 people per week in our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (also known as the Community Wellness Building, which continues to be an appropriate name for the building’s current use).

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – February 9, 2021

    We are delighted to be administering first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for anyone age 75 and older who lives, works, or accesses primary care in Vermont. We are providing second doses for group 1A today (healthcare providers and first-responders), and we begin vaccinating the general public, age 75 and up, tomorrow. If you know of someone in this age category in our area who hasn’t yet received their first dose, please encourage them to call 855-722-7878 or go to the Vermont Department of Health’s website to schedule an appointment at Grace Cottage.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – January 12, 2021

    The question on almost everyone’s mind right now is “When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?” Many people have been calling, e-mailing, texting, and even stopping us on the street or in the grocery store to ask this. We understand that your level of frustration may be mounting as days and weeks go by with no update, and we ask for your patience as the state of Vermont continues to develop its plan for the next phase of distribution.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – December 14, 2020

    The fact that the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States today (at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, and then elsewhere) is excellent news. However, we still have a long way to go before the vast majority of people are vaccinated and the virus is largely defeated, and we must continue to take all of the precautions that we all know so well now, including “masks on faces, six-foot spaces, uncrowded places.”

    We’ve been receiving many questions at Grace Cottage, and I want to share the answers that we have, as of now, with all of you. As you know, things change rapidly these days, and we will be keeping you updated.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – November 17, 2020

    A lot can change, and has, in the six weeks since my last Message to the Community. It had been anticipated that the spread of Covid-19 would accelerate as winter approached and that has certainly been the case. What wasn’t predicted was the rapid rate at which numbers of cases in Vermont would increase – we’d all fervently hoped that our “brave little state” would be able to continue to keep our numbers low with physical distancing and widespread mask wearing.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – October 6, 2020

    It’s very hard to believe that my last Message to the Community was written and sent more than two months ago; July 21st seems like it was eons ago in some respects, and like yesterday in others. If you’re like me, you take a deep breath before you look at the news in the morning; are we on a roller coaster or in spinning tea cups today? I don’t mean to imply that what our nation is going through should be taken lightly, but 2020 has certainly turned out to be a year that none of us will ever forget, for so many reasons.

    This virus knows no boundaries and what we’ve learned is that the advice given from the very beginning of this pandemic continues to hold true – mask wearing, handwashing, and social distancing continue to be our most powerful weapons in the fight against coronavirus, at least until a vaccine is developed and widely distributed.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – September 1, 2020

    The dramatic, unprecedented changes in our world this year have dramatically impacted nearly every phase of our lives – work, school, social events, travel, and healthcare, to name just some of the activities that have been redesigned and reimagined because of the pandemic. Here in Vermont, we have been very fortunate, as this August 26th […]

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – July 21, 2020

    It’s been almost two months since my last Message to the Community and I’d like to bring you up to date on what’s been going on at Grace Cottage during that time. We are fully open for business, and are pleased that we have played a part in keeping our community as safe as possible. Vermont is the first state to report no new Covid-19 deaths since June 16. We have certainly flattened the curve and hope to continue this trend.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – June 2, 2020

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    Our community has embraced Grace Cottage in so very many ways during this challenging time that it’s impossible to try to list them all here, and we want to thank every individual and organization that went so far above and beyond to help. I must say, though, that a flyover by the Vermont Air National Guard on the Friday before Memorial Day was as awe-inspiring as the April 22nd drive-by tribute parade conducted by area fire departments, Vermont State Police, the Windham County Sheriff’s office, and Rescue, Inc.

    Vermont has reported a total of 988 cases of Covid-19, and 55 deaths, with no current hospitalizations in the entire state due to the virus (16 hospital patients are currently under investigation). The Covid-19 news from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, where numbers have plunged in recent days, is encouraging. However, it is extremely clear that there are many unknowns about what this virus will do in the coming months. I cringe when I see some of the media coverage of people in large crowds without masks, whether recreating or demonstrating. We will find out the result of this behavior in the coming weeks and months; only time will tell.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – May 19, 2020

    It’s been just over two months since coronavirus completely captured the attention and the actions of our nation. After more than eight weeks, it’s understandable that many people are getting complacent if they live in an area with a low incidence of the virus, as we are experiencing in Vermont. However, part of the reason we have the lowest growth rate of coronavirus of any state in the nation is that we have been so vigilant and cautious.

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    CEO Coronavirus Update – May 12, 2020

    These messages, which I’ve been sending out weekly since March 24th, have generated such a tremendous outpouring of support, including countless e-mails from many of you with positive messages, as well as donations in the form of financial contributions and personal protective equipment. Grace Cottage has been here for almost 71 years and we feel genuinely and completely embraced and cherished by our community — a community which, as we have learned, extends across many states and several countries. We thank all of you who have reached out to Grace Cottage in one way or another, from the bottom of our hearts.

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