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The Health Department sends health alerts to community members, visitors and health care providers so they can stay up to date about health concerns in our area. Alerts can include information about an infectious disease outbreak, a natural disaster, an environmental contamination or other situation which threatens public health.

We work with the Centers for Disease Control, local health care providers, state agencies and other partners to quickly learn about health threats. We share information so that people will know how to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.

When we need to share information about a health situation, the Health Department uses social media and works with news outlets and community and state partners.

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Health Alerts & Advisories


12/22/2022Prioritizing Influenza Testing and TreatmentInfluenza
12/08/2022Update on COVID-19 Therapeutics COVID-19
11/29/2022Blood Lead Collection Tube GuidanceBlood Lead Collection
11/21/2022Ebola Outbreak in Uganda: Guidance for Vermont PreparednessEbola
11/21/2022Increased Respiratory Viral Activity, Especially Among Children, Straining Vermont Health Care SystemsRespiratory Viruses
11/16/2022November 2022 Update to Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Care and Other Congregate Care FacilitiesCOVID-19
11/07/2022Outbreaks of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Highlight Importance of Maintaining and Monitoring Dental WaterlinesDental Waterlines
09/12/2022Legionnaires' Disease Cluster in Northwest VermontLegionnaires' Disease
09/01/2022Update on mpox (Human Monkeypox Virus)mpox
07/05/2022June 2022 Update to Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Care and other Congregate Care FacilitiesCOVID-19
06/27/2022Updated Blood Lead Testing GuidelinesLead
06/16/2022DNR/COLST Forms UpdateDNR/COLST
05/27/2022Pediatric Hepatitis of Unknown EtiologyHepatitis
05/26/2022Mpox (Human Monkeypox Virus)mpox
05/13/2022Increasing Paxlovid PrescribingCOVID-19
05/11/2022Iodinated Contrast Media ShortageContrast Media
03/03/2022Updated guidance for administering COVID-19 therapies, Evusheld and Sotrovimab COVID-19
02/24/2022Consider COVID-19 Therapeutics for Eligible PatientsCOVID-19
02/23/2022Recall of Infant FormulaProduct Recall
02/10/2022Changes to Lyme Disease Reporting for Surveillance PurposesLyme Disease
02/03/2022Prioritize the Most Vulnerable Patients for Outpatient COVID-19 TherapiesCOVID-19
01/26/2022TCE Contamination at the Vermont Farmers Food Center; 251 West St, Rutland, VermontTCE


12/30/2021Update on COVID-19 TherapeuticsNovel Coronavirus
11/12/2021Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged 5-11 YearsNovel Coronavirus
11/08/2021Updated Information Regarding COVID-19 Monoclonal AntibodiesNovel Coronavirus
10/15/2021Coadministration of COVID-19 Vaccine and Flu VaccineNovel Coronavirus
10/08/2021Further Update Regarding Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing in Long-Term Care FacilitiesNovel Coronavirus
09/24/2021Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Overview of Deaths Between July 1, 2021 – September 9, 2021Novel Coronavirus
09/20/2021Update on Prioritization of STI TestingSTI Testing
09/03/2021Expanded Recall of LeadCare® II Testing Supply Kits Due to Risk of Falsely Low ResultsLead
08/27/2021Eligibility of Persons Immunized with a Non-FDA-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine to Receive a Primary Series of an FDA-Approved mRNA COVID-19 VaccineNovel Coronavirus
08/26/2021FDA Authorization of a Third Dose of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Administration for Certain Immunocompromised PersonsNovel Coronavirus
08/09/2021SARS-CoV-2 Monoclonal Antibodies for Post-Exposure ProphylaxisNovel Coronavirus
07/29/2021Tickborne Diseases: Updates and ResourcesTickborne Diseases
05/25/2021Update of Recommendations for COVID-19 Testing in Long-term Care FacilitiesNovel Coronavirus
05/19/2021Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 in Adolescents Aged 12-15 YearsNovel Coronavirus
04/30/2021Updated Recommendations for the Use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 VaccineNovel Coronavirus
04/13/2021Cases of Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia after Receipt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Janssen COVID-19 VaccineNovel Coronavirus
04/05/2021Congenital Syphilis in VermontSyphilis
04/05/2021Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19Novel Coronavirus
03/24/2021Recommendations for the Use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (See updated HAN April 30, 2021)Novel Coronavirus
03/23/2021COVID-19 Vaccination for People with Prior or Current SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Who Received Certain COVID-19 TreatmentsNovel Coronavirus
03/22/2021COVID-19 Testing Recommendation Update for Long-term Care Facilities (See updated HAN May 25, 2021)Novel Coronavirus
03/18/2021Reactogenicity, Contraindications, and Precautions: mRNA COVID-19 VaccinesNovel Coronavirus
03/09/2021COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 5: Vermonters with High-Risk ConditionsNovel Coronavirus
03/08/2021Update to Guidance on N95 Respirator Sterilization in Your RegionNovel Coronavirus
03/03/2021SARS-CoV-2 Monoclonal Antibodies for the Treatment of COVID-19 (See updated HAN on April 5, 2021)Novel Coronavirus
02/08/2021Updated (2020) Treatment Guidelines for Gonococcal InfectionsGonococcal Infections
01/05/2021Guidance on N95 Respirator Sterilization in Your RegionNovel Coronavirus


12/31/2020Guidance on Prioritization of Vaccination in Phase 1A and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine RecommendationsNovel Coronavirus
12/24/2020General Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 VaccinesNovel Coronavirus
12/24/2020Initial Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations - UpdatedNovel Coronavirus
12/23/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidelines for Death Certification and Disposition of Remains for Health Care Providers/Facilities - UpdatedNovel Coronavirus
12/18/2020Initial Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations (superseded by HAN dated 12/24/2020)Novel Coronavirus
12/18/2020Requirements to Facilitate the transfer of Deceased Patients from Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities and Hospice FacilitiesNovel Coronavirus
12/15/2020Update Regarding Use of Pulse Oximeters to Monitor Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Among Individuals with Laboratory-Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 InfectionNovel Coronavirus
12/07/2020COVID-19 Testing Recommendations for Long-term Care FacilitiesNovel Coronavirus
12/03/2020Updated Guidance Regarding Testing for SARS-CoV-2Novel Coronavirus
11/02/2020Prioritizing STI Testing While Test Kits and Laboratory Supplies Are in Short SupplySTI Testing
10/31/2020Increased and Imminent Cybercrime ThreatCybercrime
10/12/2020PCB contamination at the Burlington High School and Technical Center CampusPCBs
10/01/2020Respiratory Virus Infections During the 2020-2021 Influenza SeasonInfluenza, RSV, and Novel Coronavirus
10/01/2020Use of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing in VermontNovel Coronavirus
09/22/2020PCB contamination at the Burlington High School and Technical Center Campus (superseded by HAN dated 10/12/2020)PCBs
09/02/2020Types of SARS-CoV-2 TestsNovel Coronavirus
08/31/2020Possible Association of Neurological Conditions with COVID-19Novel Coronavirus
08/26/2020Health Department Now Defines Any Level of Lead in the Body as ElevatedLead
08/14/2020Updated Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)-Related Quarantine Recommendations for Congregate Care Staff and ResidentsNovel Coronavirus
08/12/2020Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance and Collection Kit Ordering InformationNovel Coronavirus
08/05/2020Pre-operative/Pre-procedure COVID-19 Testing GuidanceNovel Coronavirus
07/27/2020Appropriate Use of Rabies Postexposure Prophylaxis (rPEP) in Vermont Rabies
07/24/2020Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19Novel Coronavirus
06/26/2020COVID-19 Patients with Persistent or Recurrent Positive PCR TestsNovel Coronavirus
06/15/2020Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance on Ordering Testing for Patients Prior to Discharge from Emergency Departments to Inpatient Psychiatric Care SettingsNovel Coronavirus
06/03/2020Updated Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)-Related Recommendations on QuarantineNovel Coronavirus
06/02/2020COVID-19 Diagnostic Anterior Nares Testing: Prioritization and Specimen CollectionNovel Coronavirus
06/01/2020Use of Pulse Oximeters to Monitor Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Among Individuals with Laboratory-Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 InfectionNovel Coronavirus
05/28/2020Remdesivir Allocation to Vermont HospitalsNovel Coronavirus
05/27/2020Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated  with Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)Novel Coronavirus
05/26/2020Guidance on N95 Respirator Sterilization in Your Region (superseded by HAN dated 1/5/2021)Novel Coronavirus
05/21/2020Pharmacist Ordering and Administration of Testing for COVID-19 in VermontNovel Coronavirus
05/18/2020Overview of Pediatric Cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Vermont: March 27-May 10, 2020Novel Coronavirus
05/13/2020Clinical Overview of Deaths Among Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2: April 15-30, 2020Novel Coronavirus
05/13/2020Overview of Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2 (April 18-30, 2020)Novel Coronavirus
05/08/2020New Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)-Related RecommendationsNovel Coronavirus
05/06/2020Vermont Health Care Providers, Facilities and Emergency Medical Service Providers Asked to Complete Personal Protective Equipment Needs SurveyNovel Coronavirus
05/05/2020Widespread Testing of All Mildly Symptomatic Patients NeededNovel Coronavirus
04/27/2020Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dental Health Care Referral Network for Emergency Dental ProceduresNovel Coronavirus
04/24/2020COVID-19: Overview of Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2, April 4-17, 2020Novel Coronavirus
04/24/2020Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Sector-Specific PPE Use Guidance AvailableNovel Coronavirus
04/24/2020Additional Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities, Correctional Facilities, and Other Congregate SettingsNovel Coronavirus
04/21/2020Clinical Overview of Deaths Among Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2 Through April 14, 2020Novel Coronavirus
04/21/2020Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updated Guidance for Testing in Pediatric PopulationsNovel Coronavirus
04/16/2020Updated Guidelines for Death Certification and Disposition of Remains for Health Care Providers/Facilities (superseded by HAN dated 12/23/2020)Novel Coronavirus
04/10/2020Overview of Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2: March 21-April 3,2020Novel Coronavirus
04/10/2020Hospital Discharge for COVID-19 PatientsNovel Coronavirus
04/08/2020Guidelines on Requesting and Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)Novel Coronavirus
04/03/2020Practice Advisory from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Pregnant and Postpartum Women with COVID-19 InfectionNovel Coronavirus
04/03/2020New Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics Regarding Infants Born to Mothers with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19Novel Coronavirus
04/03/2020Criteria for Health Care Workers with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 to Return to WorkNovel Coronavirus
04/02/2020Overview of Vermont Residents Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2 through March 20, 2020Novel Coronavirus
03/31/2020Vermont Health Care Professionals Asked to be OnCall for Vermont to Support COVID-19 Medical EffortsNovel Coronavirus
03/28/2020Update on COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing for Southern VermontNovel Coronavirus
03/27/2020Update on COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in VermontNovel Coronavirus
03/25/2020COVID-19: Additional Information Regarding Laboratory TestingNovel Coronavirus
03/23/2020Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Recommendations to Facilitate the
Transfer of Deceased Patients from Nursing Homes, Long Term Care Facilities and Hospice Facilities
Novel Coronavirus
03/23/2020Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Dental Health CareNovel Coronavirus
03/20/2020Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Laboratory Testing Process UpdateNovel Coronavirus
03/20/2020Novel Coronavirus
03/19/2020Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Dental Health Care GuidanceNovel Coronavirus
03/14/2020Temporary Enforcement Guidance Regarding Annual Fit Testing RequirementNovel Coronavirus
03/14/2020COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing in VermontNovel Coronavirus
03/13/2020Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Conservation Measures Contingency OperationsNovel Coronavirus
03/10/2020Guidelines for Death Certification and Disposition of Remains (COVID-19)Novel Coronavirus
03/06/2020Vermont Department of Health Laboratory Testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)Novel Coronavirus
03/05/2020Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in VermontNovel Coronavirus
03/04/2020Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Long-Term Care Facility AdvisoryNovel Coronavirus
02/14/2020Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Provider WebinarNovel Coronavirus
02/11/2020Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Provider UpdateNovel Coronavirus
01/23/2020Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)Novel Coronavirus
01/15/2020Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
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