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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Nov. 23

You’ve heard the news reports. Vermont is breaking records every day for the number of new COVID cases. The highest number of cases every 14 days this spring was 400. In the last 14 days, we have seen 894 cases in our state. click for more

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SVMC Presents: 'Advances in Total Joint...

The presentation will take place from 4 to 5 pm, and it is free and open to the public. The event is appropriate for any person who experiences joint pain, along with members of their families. click for more

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SVMC: COVID-19 Pep Talk

Although there are still some questions that we don't have answers for, we are now operating on experience. click for more

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SVMC Further Restricts Visitors

Both inpatients and outpatients who would benefit from additional support during a visit or stay should request the use of technology to bring important family and friends virtually into exam and hospital rooms. click for more

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Hillcrest Commons Employee Wins CAPE Award

Szymczakiewicz was one of only eight recipients who were chosen from nearly 700 stories submitted about Environmental Services (EVS) technicians from facilities across the country. click for more

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North Adams Keeping Eye on Coronavirus Spread

North Adams has remained in the lowest category with eight new cases in the past two weeks and six in the to weeks prior to that for a total of 75 to date. In contrast, the county logged 159 new cases in the past two weeks, the bulk of those in Pittsfield. click for more

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Pittsfield Suspends Table Service, Reins in...

Because of the city's surge in COVID-19 cases, Pittsfield is stepping back the Step 1 of Phase 3 in the state reopening process. click for more

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Berkshire Health Systems Releases New Visitation...

The changes are effective starting on Monday, Nov. 16 click for more

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Update: All Pittsfield Public Schools Transition...

School officials on Wednesday said they have been told there are 104 new COVID-19 cases in the city. click for more

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North Adams, Pittsfield Schools Report COVID-19...

There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Drury High School and two cases in the Pittsfield Public Schools.

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Hoosac Valley District Reports First COVID-19 Case

Superintendent Aaron Dean told the school committee Monday that earlier in the day he received an alert of the district's first case of COVID-19 that he said was an isolated case.

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Bennington Rotary Club Donates PPE To SVMC

The club participated in the Rotary District 7870 COVID-19 Global Grant Program, in which funds provided by Bennington Rotary were multiplied by 3.5 times through a match at the district level.

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Two Popular Restaurants Temporarily Closed Due to...

With the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in Berkshire County, two well-frequented restaurants have temporarily shut their doors because of exposure to the virus. Both said they wanted to be transparent to their customers and staff about what had happened.

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Pittsfield Seeing Spike in COVID-19 Cases

Pittsfield health officials are attributing the rise in numbers mainly to large private gatherings, including house parties and group dining at restaurants.

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State Changes COVID Color Codes to Reflect Test...

The Baker Administration is changing the way it decides how municipalities are categorized as red, yellow or green for COVID-19 transmission and continuing its push to have public schools prioritize in-person instruction.

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State, Federal Agencies See No Concerns With Hill...

Ward 2 Councilor, Kevin Morandi petitioned for annual updates on their conditions. A presentation of environmental monitoring activities from General Electric was given to the Public Health and Safety Committee on Thursday evening.

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SVMC Received $2M Gift Toward Emergency Department...

The gift is dedicated to support Vision 2020, the health system's strategic direction. The initiative outlines transformational projects for SVMC's main entrance, Emergency Department, and Cancer Center over the next few years.

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Governor Issues New Restrictions to Limit...

Last several weeks have seen a spike in new cases — close to a 1,000 a day compared to 200-300 over the late summer — and a seven-day positive rate average that's climbed from 0.8 percent to 1.8-1.9 percent. Daily case counts are up by 300 percent and inpatient hospital counts by 145 percent.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Restricts...

To mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, visitation hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. and patients will be limited to one visitor at a time. Additionally, the time per visit will also be limited to 30 minutes per individual.

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Health Connector Open Enrollment Starts Sunday

The Health Connector is the state-based health insurance exchange, offering commercial plans to people who do not get coverage through their employer or other sources.

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Pittsfield Behavioral Health Provider Receives...

The Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) recognized its 2020 award recipients at its annual Salute to Excellence event on Oct 16, and this year, Rebecca Phelps-Smith, Acute Services Division Director and emergency services program (ESP) clinician for the Brien Center, received the Exceptional Leadership Award.

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Pittsfield Health Department Eying Rise in...

The Health Department says Pittsfield keeps heading in this direction it may become a yellow zone on the COVID-19 Community-Level Data Map.

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SVMC Offers New Parent Classes Online

New parents are invited to register for the classes at svhealthcare.org/Classes-Events. The new format allows families to get the information they need from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

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SVMC Name DAISY Award Recipient

Duchene made the announcement earlier this month during a surprise presentation in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center intensive care unit. Shakar was nominated by a patient and selected from several nominations.

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CHP: Plan Your COVID-safe Mammogram

In the early months of COVID-19, mammography numbers declined dramatically in the U.S. as hospitals and health care facilities suspended elective and preventive medical care to reduce virus transmission. Now, with more awareness of how to prevent COVID-19 transmission, mammograms and other diagnostic care are being offered again in safe surroundings.

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update October 23

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Gastroenterologist Joins BMC Practice: Accepting...

Dr. De Roche is accepting new patients in need of Gastroenterology services and is partnered with Drs. Jeffrey St. John, Jason Bratcher, Barani Mayilvaganan and Jacques Reichling at Gastroenterology Professional Services of BMC.

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