Stay Informed and Protect Your Health
- The Vermont Department of Health is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and provides current information, guidace, and resources on their website. Click here to stay informed about COVID-19.
- Governor Phil Scott's Office declared a state of emergency to help ensure Vermont has all the necessary resources to respond to this evolving threat. Click here to read all press releases, executive actions, and announcements issued by the Governor's Office.
April 8, 2020 - Governor's federal disaster funds approved by President
April 7, 2020 - Governor Requests Federal Disaster Funds
April 2, 2020 - Governor Annouces additional Medical Surge Locations
March 31, 2020 - Governor Calls on Vermonters to Support COVID-19
March 30, 2020 - Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in Vermont
Additional Resources and Information
- AHS Department COVID-19 Resources, Guidance, and Information for Service Providers and Individuals:
- Agency of Human Services Secretary's Office
- Updated Hospital Visitation Guidance - the Agency of Human Services has revised the minimum standard for visitation policies and procedures for all hospitals throughout Vermont.
- COVID-19 Crisis Response Frequently Asked Questions on Goddard College location - FAQs on the Isolation and Recovery Campus at Goddard College
- Department of Health Current and Comprehensive COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide
- Department for Children and Families COVID-19 Information Page
- Department of Mental Health COVID-19 Information Page
- Department for Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living COVID-19 Information Page
- Department of Vermont Health Access COVID-19 Information Page
- Agency of Human Services Secretary's Office
Resources and Tools for Managing Stress and Building Resilience
News of the COVD-19 is unsettling for many, and may cause increased stress and anxiety. Below are some reminders, resources, and tools to help you at this difficult time.
Pay Attention to Your Body and Your Emotions (from "Preparing for the Coronavirus by Taking Care of Your Whole Self" by the Department of Mental Health)
It’s natural to experience stress and anxiety in the face of uncertainty. Everyone reacts differently, so it is important to determine what your needs are.
- Listen to your emotions, noticing any anxiety, sadness, anger, or detachment.
- Listen to your body, noticing any change in appetite, new aches and pains, or feeling particularly hot or cool.
- When you notice troubling symptoms, pause to care for your body and mind (see the suggestions on how to do this below).
- If you become unable to manage or function well, seek the assistance of a professional
- For immediate assistance, text VT to 741741
- For local crisis assistance numbers, see the listing on the Department of Mental Health’s website here: How to Get Help Locally
- You can also call 2-1-1 for assistance locating someone near you
For State of Vermont Employees:
Talk to a Counselor with InvestEAP. Call 1-888-834-2830 and talk immediately to a counselor at any time of day, and then set up a time for later sessions with a local counselor. Right now, counselors are primarily seeing clients via teleconference, and our counselors will help State Employees set up that process when they call to make an appointment.
InvestEAP has created a site dedicated to resource development and assistance with the COVID-19 pandemic and that contains more information on InvestEAP's secure, HIPAA compliant telecounseling options. Click here to visit the InvesteEAP COVID-19 site accessible to all state employees.
- For Everyone:
- Fact Sheets: Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks from The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
- Managing COVID-19 Stress from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
- How to Talk to Your Teens and Children about COVID-19 from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 - from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Practicing Mindfulness:
- Brief Guided Meditations for Mindfulness Video Playlist
- Mindful Movement for Stressful Times - A sampler for all levels and abilities
- Mindfulness Sessions for Managing Stress - Join live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Trainings and Webinars:
How to Be an Effective Employee While Working from Home being held on March 23, 24, and 26 at 1 PM EDT (Knowledge Wave free webinar)
- Sign up for an account now to access free public training resources through Cornerstone Cares:
- How to support the prevention of COVID-19 infection, published by leading global health organizations, including the World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University
- How to manage stress and anxiety in these uncertain times
- How to stay productive and positive while working from home