Most current information on the full response to COVID-19 in Vermont including the Governor’s emergency declarations: www.healthvermont.gov/covid19
Unemployment benefits have been relaxed and department of labor has tripled their staff to handle phone calls. As of yesterday they also added a special number and an online form for initial unemployment claims.
• Full-Service Filing of Claims: 1-877-214-3330 (individuals should try this line first)
• Supplemental Initial Claim Intake: 1-888-807-7072
• Electronic Form for Initial Intake can be found here.
Many insurers have changed their prescription refill policy allowing for additional refills earlier than normal. Please check with your local insurer for their latest policy. More information can be found here.
On March 18th, the Public Utility Commission ordered a temporary moratorium on involuntary natural gas, electric, and telecommunications service disconnections, effective immediately through April 30th . Many regulated utilities (including Green Mountain Power Corporation, Vermont Gas Systems, the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Burlington Electric Department, and others) have already informed the Commission that they are temporarily ceasing disconnections during this time. Other companies have followed suit, such as Comcast Cable Company and AT&T.
AgeWell continues to deliver Meals on Wheels to all clients in Chittenden, Franklin, Addison and Grand Isle Counties - they have instituted a call, drop off, and observation process to ensure clients are receiving their meals delivered to their doors and minimizing direct contact for both clients and volunteers. Anyone in need of services to please call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 and we will connect them to the right support systems.
Free Meals for Youth Under 18
Meal service has started and is available Monday through Friday at the following pick-up locations
No application or paperwork necessary and children do not need to be present. Parents can pick up meals for one day or multiple days and people can pick up for other families. Do not hesitate to pick up meals.
Town and Village Municipal Services
As of Wednesday March 18th all Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction offices and departments are closed to the public and will remain closed until at least April 6th. Residents and customers are asked to conduct all municipal business electronically, by phone or by mail.
Unemployment Insurance Employer Services:
For general Department of Labor Questions:
Department of Labor Commissioner's Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Impact and SBA Loans
Agency of Commerce and Community Development is asking any Vermont business impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus to share these impacts with the Agency through a dedicated email address: email@example.com.
In addition, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act recently passed by Congress expanded the Small Business Act's definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor's Certification Disaster Declaration. In order for the SBA to consider an EIDL declaration, the Governor must demonstrate that at least five small businesses in a disaster area have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the disaster.
The Agency is working to identify businesses that meet the Small Business Administration's threshold for SBA disaster loan assistance. Businesses are asked to complete an assessment form (available on the ACCD website at https://accd.vermont.gov/content/sba-worksheet) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to help us advocate for eligibility. Our goal is to gain information in each of the 14 counties across the state. We are looking for data on impacts in the following areas: (1) Economic Injury; (2) Supply Chain; (3) Workforce (Including that caused by lack of childcare); (4) Business Travel; (5) Visitor Travel and Tourism Activities; and (6) Remote Work Capabilities
The Agency has also established a hotline so that businesses may call to report impacts and be directed to resources: (802) 461-5143. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Inquiries can also be directed through their dedicated email address: email@example.com
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Here is a link to subscribe to receive business related updates on COVID-19 from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.