SVMC: COVID-19 Update Dec. 11

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December 11, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Vaccine News & More
On Thursday, December 10, Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD, and Infectious Disease Specialist Marie George, MD, joined Matt Harrington of the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce on a live CAT-TV broadcast to answer questions from the community.
Your COVID Questions Answered 
We've been collecting your questions and asking our experts for the answers. Here they are!
This Holiday Season
There are very few exceptions to the no-gatherings rule. Sadly, "to celebrate the holidays" is not on the list. Come to grips with this advice with Dr. Marie George. Read On.
When in Doubt, Test 
For many reasons, healthcare providers are recommending COVID-19 testing more than ever. Get information and learn when you should be tested. Read More.
How to Support a Hospitalized Loved One Dr. Ann Marie Swann, a hospital physician at SVMC, shares how you can support a loved one, even if you can't visit them in the hospital. Learn More.
The Jingle Bell Express is a virtual holiday-themed fundraising event to benefit Southwestern Vermont Health Care. While the raffle is nearly sold out, a donation of any amount will get you an the entertainment-packed link to the virtual event. Visit
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SVHC Surpasses Fundraising Goal For SVC Campus

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"The Grateful Bennington Fund is a tremendous testimony of the level of support that our community has," Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) President and CEO Tom Dee said during a virtual press conference Thursday. "Not only for our health system, but it also highlights the importance of the former SVC property and how people feel about it." 
Southern Vermont College (SVC) closed in 2019 after years of struggling with declining enrollment and financial pressure. SVHC purchased the campus two years later.
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