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On 8-13-20 the BLSG Insect Control District will be spraying Permanone through truck mounted ULV sprayers. Due to an increase in mosquito activity the Brandon East Route, Syndicate Road and the Town of Proctor will be treated.  

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The Brandon Area Response to COVID-19

This page is to serve as a resource for all who need a comprehensive list of resources available to the residents of Brandon and the surrounding towns. PLEASE BOOK MARK THIS PAGE – UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE!

Free Delivery? – Yes please!

Are you someone who is at a greater risk of contracting the virus and/or unable to access your normal method of getting necessities (food, supplies, pharmacy, etc..)? If so, then you should take advantage of the wonderful volunteers that have stepped up in our community. The Brandon Free Public Library, The Brandon Area Toy Project and the Town of Brandon have partnered to provide a delivery service for people that need the help getting the supplies. How it works is simple:

  1. Call the retailer and pay for your supplies over the phone.
  2. Let the retailer know that you are having the delivery service pick-up your items.
  3. Send an email to: delivery@townofbrandon.com with the following information: Who you are, where they ordered from, physical address for delivery, and best contact number. Or you can call Volunteer Coordinator, Colleen Wright (802) 282-6548
  4. Wait for contact from our vetted volunteer!  They will let you know how/when and where it will be dropped off (safely of course with no face-to-face contact)

Brandon Emergency Food Shelf

Brandon has a robust and active emergency food shelf delivery program thanks to the efforts of Director Kathy Mathis and her board of volunteer drivers as well as the generosity of the businesses and people in our community that make donations.

To request emergency food shelf aid: Contact Kathy Mathis: (802) 247-6720 or (802) 247-3121, katmathis@gmail.com

To make a donation to the food shelf:

Financial donations can be mailed to the Brandon Town Offices, 49 Center Street, Brandon VT 05733.

Food donations are gladly accepted. Please be sure to check the expiration dates on any donations; they cannot accept expired food. They are specifically looking for the following foods.

  • Canned Soup, specifically Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Vegetable
  • Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pasta and Sauce
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Meat
  • Toilet Paper

We have drop boxes for donations outside of the Brandon Town Office during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Brandon Public Library Services

Want to request Brandon Public Library services?  Library Director, Molly Kennedy is working hard to fulfill your requests.  Curbside pick-up or FREE delivery (using the above mentioned service).  You can also sign up for wellness checks – if you would like us to call you periodically to check in to see if you need anything or enjoy some friendly conversation, please let us know. Molly & Beth are available to you in this way.

To get your Library services :

Email: molly@brandonpubliclibrary.org (preferred) or call (802) 247-8230 

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The Town of Brandon is working with the Brandon Food Shelf to assist in preparation for a possible COVID-19 outbreak in our area.

We want to be able to provide food for the elderly and vulnerable population and are looking for donations of the following:

  • Canned Soup, specifically Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Vegetable
  • Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna
  • Mayonnaise
  • Pasta and Sauce
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Meat
  • Toilet Paper

We will be setting up drop boxes for donations outside of the Brandon Town Hall and Town Office during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

To eliminate any spread of disease food will be distributed by delivery only. There will not be a pick-up center.

To set up a delivery please contact Kathy Mathis at 247-6720 or 247-3121 or by email at katmathis@gmail.com or the Town of Brandon at 247-3635.

Sincerely,

David Atherton, Town Manager/EMD

3/13/20 COVID-19 Update from the Town of Brandon

The Town of Brandon is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak.  In response, the Town 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 Brandon will limit activities and meetings at the Town Office to essential municipal operations only.  The Select Board, Planning Commission and Development Review 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. 

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 247-3635 or esmith@townofbrandon.com to assist in transacting your town business.

Dog licenses are due April 1, 2020.  Consider obtaining your license by mail instead of coming into the Town Office.  Rabies certificates can be emailed by your veterinarian to sgage@townofbrandon.com or lmerkert@townofbrandon.com  .

Please monitor the town’s website townofbrandon.com 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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State of Vermont

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR


For Immediate Release

Monday, March 2, 2020

Contact

Mark Bosma, Vermont Emergency Management, 802-839-6717

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DETAILS DEVELOPMENT OF COVID-19 TASK FORCE

Task Force Leading Long-Term Mitigation Planning Effort in Supplement to State’s Current Response Work

Montpelier, Vt. – At the direction of Governor Phil Scott, Vermont Emergency Management has assembled an interagency task force to support the overall public health response being led by the Vermont Department of Health and further prepare for the likelihood of COVID-19 cases in Vermont.

The task force is charged with ensuring a coordinated statewide response to COVID-19, including for communicating potential community mitigation measures to slow or minimize the spread of the virus if cases occur and accelerate in the state. The group will also work to ensure communications and continuity planning occurs in a coordinated fashion across state government.

“We have plans in place for all hazards in the state of Vermont, including infectious disease. These are plans we update and exercise regularly, but each individual incident requires coordination of plans, resources and responsible agencies,” VEM Director Erica Bornemann said. “This group will be able to develop a COVID-19 specific long-term response plan to support the execution of potential community mitigation measures in the case of an outbreak in Vermont.”

As of March 2, 2020, there were no reported cases of Coronavirus in Vermont. For additional guidance and the latest information from the CDC and Vermont Department of Health, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19 or dial 2-1-1.

The COVID-19 task force includes representatives from Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Departments of Public Safety, Health, Human Resources, Buildings and General Services, Agencies of Education and Human Services, Vermont National Guard, Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition, E-911 Board, Governor’s Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council Chair, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“I want to thank our public health and emergency response teams for the work they’ve done to monitor and respond to this quickly evolving situation over the last several weeks,” said Governor Phil Scott. “As this virus continues to spread globally, ensuring we stay ahead of it with a long-term mitigation plan is an important step in our response process, and I appreciate the expertise and leadership of this interagency group.”

Public Guidance from the Vermont Department of Health

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.

If you have recently traveled to countries where there is transmission (China, Iran, South Korea, Italy or Japan), please contact the Vermont Department of Health (800-464-4343), which will provide guidance on what to look for, and what to do if you develop symptoms that could be from Coronavirus.

For more details on the state’s response, visit https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/HS-COVID-19-Feb-28-2020-update.pdf.

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