SVMC: COVID-19 Update Sept. 21

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SVMC Orthopedics Patient Story: Les Jorgensen
Les Jorgensen's hip pain made it difficult for him to walk from his living room to his kitchen. After a hip replacement with Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer, MD, of SVMC Orthopedics, he walks 18-holes of golf three times a week, pain free.
SVMC Announces Flu Vaccination Opportunities
A combination of drive-up, walk-up, and in-office flu clinics, available through SVMC and its primary care offices, aim to get every healthy person over the age of 6 months a flu shot this year.
Immunity Update
Everyone wants to know how to become immune to COVID-19 and what can be done to increase the number of immune people—fast. Science is revealing something new almost daily. Get the Latest.
FAQs from the COVID-19 Hotline
Since its launch six months ago, the COVID-19 Hotline has answered more than 4,000 community members' questions. Here are the most common ones. Learn More.
COVID/Flu Season Playbook
Flu season always brings uncertainty. And this year is more complex than ever. Get the essential must-do steps to protect yourself and your family. Read more.
Wearing is Caring
Deb Alter, of Small Song Gallery & Goods in Hoosick Falls, donned a floral mask to show she cares. Post your masked selfie to #SVHC, #MasksonVT, and #WearingisCaring to show you care, too.
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Important numbers, frequently asked questions, articles, testing information and more are available on our website.


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Vermont Fish & Wildlife: Pollinators in Peril

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Many of Vermont's pollinator species are in peril, and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department would like to share a few simple suggestions to greatly benefit our essential pollinator species.
"The majority of our flowering plants need pollinators in order to produce seeds," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department zoologist Mark Ferguson. "Vermont is home to hundreds of species of pollinators from bees to butterflies to beetles and other bugs that play a vital role in pollinating our flowers, trees and food crops. These insects are responsible for pollinating 60 to 80 percent of Vermont's wild plants and play a critical role in the propagation of fruits and vegetables in gardens, wild berry patches, commercial berry farms, and apple orchards." 
But many pollinator species in Vermont are in trouble. Habitat loss, invasive species, single-crop farming, disease, and pesticides are a few of the threats affecting populations of these insects across our state. Vermont's native bees, including more than 300 unique species and three that are threatened or endangered, are among our pollinators being impacted the most. 
A recent examination of our 17 different bumble bees compared recent observations with historical collections and concluded that several species have drastically declined or disappeared from Vermont, including the rusty-patched bumble bee. 
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