Community & Individual Resources

This pandemic has seen incredible community response; many communities in our region have established mutual aid agreements or volunteer groups to distribute resources to those in need. See our Municipal Office Status Chart for information on community groups in your area.

FEMA Financial Assistance Available for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Call 844-684-6333 to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. For additional information please visit the FEMA Funeral Assistance webpage

 Fraud Alert: FEMA has received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and does not contact people before they register for assistance.

Vaccine Information on VDH Website

Updated Vaccination Schedule

  • 04/05: Vermonters age 40+ eligible to register
  • 04/12: Vermonters age 30+ eligible to register
  • 04/19: Vermonters age 16+ eligible to register

See this link for more information: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine

Even if your age group is not yet eligible, VDH is encouraging older Vermonters to get a step ahead by creating your account. That way, when your age group is up, it’ll be smooth sailing to sign up for your first dose. Learn more: healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine.

Anyone who needs to speak with someone in a language other than English can call the same number, then press 1.Relatives or friends are encouraged as appropriate to assist people who are eligible in making an appointment. The Health Department thanks people for their patience with any delays or technical issues encountered as the system accommodates the thousands of appointments being scheduled. Issues are being addressed and the call center and FAQs will help people get the support and information they need. The call center number is also 855-722-7878.

Learn more about what information you will need to make the appointment on healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine. You’ll also find links to Frequently Asked Questions and a video about the online process.

Appointments Now Open for all BIPOC Vermonters and their Households
All Vermonters who identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color age 16 years of age and older — as well as their household members — can now make an appointment for vaccination. They can do so at healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine or by calling 855-722-7878 and stating they identify as BIPOC. These Vermonters can also register through one of the community clinics developed with our partners around the state.

Vermont will follow new CDC guidance for vaccinated people exposed to someone with COVID-19

Vermont will follow CDC’s new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with COVID-19. The CDC says these people do not need to quarantine, as long as they:

  • Are fully vaccinated (had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have passed)
  • Are within 3 months of receiving the second dose of the vaccine
  • Have not had any COVID-19 symptoms since the exposure.

Vaccinated inpatients and residents in health care settings will still need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Read the CDC’s guidance.

Everyone Eats- New Dates Added

Everyone Eats has restarted in Chittenden County & Central Vermont. Everyone Eats is a CARES Act-funded program that supports local restaurants, farms, and producers, while providing healthy, prepared meals to Vermonters in need. If you’re experiencing food insecurity the Central Vermont Everyone Eats hub has meals for you! Distribution sites in Central Vermont are:

  • East Calais General Store
  • Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield
  • Zen Barn in Waterbury
  • Cabot Village Store
  • Multiple locations in Montpelier and Barre

To see the newest distribution sites and dates, visit https://shiftmeals.org/everyone-eats/

New Vermont Farmers to Families dates and locations

New Vermont Farmers to Families dates and locations are now available for reservation through April. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit https://humanresources.vermont.gov/food-help or call 802-476-0316 for assistance.

  • Wednesday, April 7: Barre

Sign up to VTAlert for COVID-19 Updates

VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations including evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; severe weather advisories, and more. Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified. VTAlert will now provide COVID-19 information including changes in safety guidance, availability of vaccines, and other important info.

  • Sign up here: https://vem.vermont.gov/vtalert and select “COVID information” under the “Health Alerts” tab.
  • If you already have an account, log in to update your subscriptions and receive COVID information.

 

The Washington and Northern Orange Counties Regional Response Command Center (WNOC-RRCC) has been established to meet the needs of vulnerable populations; and to the extent possible, insure our medical system is not overwhelmed.   Sign up for their weekly newsletter hereCall Center hours are changing. The Call Center will no longer be staffed on weekends, and the new hours are:  10:00 am-4:00 pm on weekdays.  Call or Text 802-636-2025.

Vermont Council on Rural Development has compiled a COVID 19 Community Response & Mutual Aid Toolkit to serve as a best practices guide for establishing local mutual aid networks and is hosting regular online convening’s for local and regional response groups, Contact mailto:info@vtrural.org or (802) 223-6091 with questions.

 Transportation

Green Mountain Transit has experienced a decrease in ridership and driver shortages as a result of COVID-19.  See https://ridegmt.com/covid-19-update/ for a full list of service modifications.

Interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map Now Available

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. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent 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. Vermonters are encouraged to send information about Wi-Fi hot spots to psd.telecom@vermont.gov and review additional connectivity resources from the Department of Public Service online.