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Health Alerts & Advisories

2024

DATETITLESUBJECT
01/11/2024Increased Patient Volumes in Emergency Departments Straining Vermont Health Care SystemsRespiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

2022

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

2021

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

2020

DATE

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

2018

DATE

TITLE SUBJECT 
12/04/2018 National Increase in Reports of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Acute Flaccid Myelitis
11/06/2018 Shigellosis Update and Treatment Guidelines Shigellosis
10/23/2018 Shigellosis Advisory Shigellosis
09/06/2018 New Hampshire Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Legionnaire's Disease
08/08/2018 Oral Rabies Vaccine Field Project, Bait Drop Fact Sheet Rabies Vaccine
06/29/2018 Hot Weather Health Advisory Summer Heat
01/9/2018 Elevated Lead Levels in School Drinking Water Lead
01/25/2018 Mumps Advisory Mumps
02/16/2018 Mumps Advisory Update Mumps
06/01/2018 Cluster of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) in a Long-Term Care Facility Group A Streptococcus
08/06/2018 Lyme Carditis and Sudden Cardiac Death Lyme Carditis

2015

DATE

TITLE SUBJECT 
12/16/2015 Pertussis Advisory: Managing Pertussis Pertussis
10/20/2015 Health Department Resources for STD Screening and Treatment STDs
09/22/2015 Cluster of Shiga Toxin-Producing E. Coli (STEC) Infections E. Coli
03/27/2015 Tuberculosis Guidance  Tuberculosis
02/18/2015 Measles Advisory Measles 
02/18/2015 Measles Outbreak Awareness Measles 
02/13/2015 Tuberculosis Guidance Tuberculosis
01/16/2015 Treating Influenza Patients with Antiviral Medications Influenza
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