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Town of Chittenden: COVID-19 Update

NOTICE FROM THE SELECTBOARD RE: COVID-19

March 16, 2020

The Town of Chittenden Select Board is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, Chittenden is reviewing information from the Vermont Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Vermont Emergency Management (VEM).

Effective March 16, 2020, the Town of Chittenden will limit activities and meetings at the Town Office to essential municipal operations only. The Select Board will continue to meet as scheduled until further notice or action is required. Non-essential activities and meetings will not be allowed at the Town Office until further notice. Dog licenses are due by State law by April 1, 2020. Consider obtaining your license by mail instead of coming into the Town Office. Rabies certificates can be emailed by your veterinarian, upon request, to chittendenvt@comcast.net. Dump stickers are also due April 1, 2020. Please consider purchase of these by mail, also.

In addition, the Select Board has taken the following actions:

to extend the late fee for dog licenses until May 1.

to extend the date for purchase of new dump stickers until May 1.

to waive the use of punch cards until May 1. There is to be no loitering at the transfer station.

to suspend public use of all town buildings until further notice, except for the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department and the Town Office as necessary.

Group meetings for Meals for Seniors is cancelled. Home deliveries will be made to those who reserve as usual with Marilyn at 773-6308 by Wednesday evening to reserve your meal. If called, Meals on Wheels will make home deliveries to elderly or medically compromised, even if the individuals are not part of the Seniors group.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, i.e,. fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please DO NOT come into the Town Office. Contact the Town Office at 483-6647 or chittendenvt@comcast.net to assist in transacting your town business. Recommendations to follow to lessen the chance of getting and spreading Covid-19 may be found at www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 .

Please monitor the town’s Facebook Page (search on Facebook for townofchittenden) or Emergency Management (search on Facebook for chittendenvtemergencymanagement) websites or www.chittendenvt.org for the most up to date information regarding the operations of municipal government and events.

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 go to the State of Vermont Department of Health website www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website www.cdc.gov/covid19

If you cannot find the answers to your questions on these websites, contact 211.

Everyday Preventive Measures Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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