SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 19

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February 19, 2021
In this week's episode, Dr. Trey Dobson, SVMC's chief medical officer, and SVMC's Infectious Disease Specialist Marie George, MD, FIDSA (our own Dr. Fauci) discuss what infectious disease doctors do and COVID-19 vaccines.
Testing and Variants
Questions about COVID-19 testing and variants are easily confused. Get the answers to the two most important questions about what our tests detect and what information they provide.
How to Eat with COVID
A lack of taste and smell are common symptoms of COVID-19 illness. Registered Dietitian Kristin Irace shares how to cope by making the nutrition you need more flavorful. Read More.
Vaccine Safety
We've addressed side effects and allergic reactions. Readers asked, "what do we know about the long-term effects of COVID vaccines?" Dr. Marie George answered. Read More.
Watch for Vaccine Scams
Wherever there's anxiety there are scammers, including vaccine distribution. Hone your scam sensors with this article from SVMC's cybersecurity expert. Read More.
Medical Matters Weekly Preview
Dr. Trey Dobson interviews Emergency Nurses Alex Chaffin and Jill Maynard. Read More.
Current Vaccine Group
Those aged 70 and older may get a vaccine appointment. Vaccines for healthcare workers continue. Read More.
Regional Case Counts
Get the most accurate and up-to-date info about new COVID-19 cases where you live.
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Vermont Game Wardens Recognized for Exceptional Performance

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two Vermont State Game Wardens were recognized by Gov. Phil Scott and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter Thursday in Montpelier for their exceptional performance. 
Sgt. Travis Buttle of Shaftsbury received the 2020 Warden of the Year Award and Warden Asa Sargent of Hartland received the 2019 Warden of the Year Award, which was not made last year because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Buttle has been a warden in the Bennington area for 24 years and is recognized as a diligent and effective protector of Vermont's natural resources, handling more than 300 cases in 2020. In addition, he was recognized for his public outreach achievements, courteous and responsive professional demeanor, and his valued contributions in remote search and rescue operations.
In one instance Buttle responded to a call of a lost autistic boy using his knowledge of behavior and local topography to locate the individual and return him to his family. In another example, a missing deer hunter was lost on a rainy, cold November night. Buttle was called out after his regular shift and responded to the command post, assisting the Vermont State Police with planning and executing the successful search and rescue. 
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