Friday February 19, 2021
Gov. Phil Scott Loosens Restriction For Travelers To and From VT
Gov. Phil Scott Friday said a combination of a drop in COVID cases and the state’s rapid acceleration in vaccinations means some travel restrictions and visitation policies at long-term care facilities will be lifted starting next week.

The governor says that effective Tuesday, February 23, people who have waited two weeks after having their second dose of the vaccine do not need to quarantine after travel. The same goes for visitors to Vermont if they can prove they’ve been fully vaccinated.

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New York to Allow Nursing Home Visits Again with Rapid Testing
The state Department of Health will once again allow visitations at nursing homes following new guidance from federal health officials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced. 

The state Department of Health will recommend the use of rapid COVID-19 tests for visitors at the facilities prior to entry. The DOH will provide the rapid tests of the nursing homes free of charge, Cuomo said. 

"I believe the testing is the key to reopening and we're opening rapid testing sites as we speak," Cuomo said.
More than 15,000 residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died since the start of the pandemic in March in New York. About 73% of nursing home residents have been vaccinated in New York.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Today's Dose is Generously Supported By:
QUICK LINKS:
  • NYS Vaccination Updates: Official Site for making an appointment to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.
  • NYS Travel Advisory: Stay up to date on the latest NYS Travel Advisory Updates.
  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.
  • SCORE: Small business owners are resilient and can power through this challenging time, with SCORE by their side.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000