BIRTHS

Central Vermont Medical CenterA son, Mason Richardson, was born Nov. 29, 2021, to Hailey Hatch and Nick Richardson, of Barre.

A daughter, Barbara Rosemary Timm, was born Dec. 1, 2021, to Daniel and Sarah (Durham) Timm, of Berlin.

Gifford Medical CenterA daughter, Luna Jennifer Madison, was born Nov. 25, 2021, to Ryan and Cassandra (Gekas) Madison, of Northfield.

A son, Waylon Benjamin-Everette Carroll, was born Nov. 27, 2021, to Faith Waseleski and Trever Carroll, of Waterbury.

COLLEGE NEWS

Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, New Hampshire, has created a scholarship for residents of Maine and Vermont. Beginning in fall 2022, any full-time, first-year student from these states is eligible for a $2,000 scholarship, renewable for three additional years for a total of $8,000, to help with the cost of tuition. For more information, visit www.plymouth.edu online.

AROUND STATE

UVM Medical Center visitor policyBURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Medical Center is adjusting its visitation policy to reflect current area COVID-19 conditions and protect the health and safety of patients, staff and the community.

— Masks must be worn at all times when in the building, including visitors who are sleeping while staying overnight.

— Inpatient waiting rooms are now closed. Visitors should remain in patient rooms and may wait in the Main Pavilion third-floor lobby when necessary.

— A maximum of two designated support people are allowed to visit per hospital stay.

Adult inpatient units: Two healthy designated support people are permitted per hospital stay. Only one may visit per day. No visitors are permitted if patient tests COVID-positive or Patient Under Investigation (PUI) unless in end-of-life care. Every effort will be made to facilitate remote visitation from loved ones until the patient is discharged or deemed to be no longer infectious.

Patients in end-of-life care: Family presence at the end of life will be managed by the care team; in general, four family members at a time are welcomed for patients.

Labor and Delivery: Two healthy designated support persons permitted on Labor and Delivery. Two healthy designated support person may be permitted for post-partum stay on the Mother-Baby Unit. Only one may visit per day.

Inpatient Pediatrics: Two healthy designated caregivers permitted per hospital stay. One healthy designated caregiver is permitted overnight.

Inpatient Psychiatry: Two vaccinated, healthy designated support people are permitted per hospital stay. Only one may visit per day. Due to the environment on these units, the support persons must be vaccinated. Support persons must be 18 years or older.

Emergency Department: Two healthy designated support persons are permitted. No visitors permitted if patient tests COVID-positive or Patient Under Investigation (PUI) unless in end-of-life care. Every effort will be made to facilitate remote visitation from loved ones until the patient is discharged or deemed to be no longer infectious. For pediatric patients, two healthy designated caregivers are permitted when necessary.

Urgent Care: One healthy designated support person is permitted. No visitors are permitted if patient is COVID-positive or PUI. The support person is not able to wait in the waiting room, but can join the patient when assigned to a room. For pediatric patients, two healthy designated caregivers permitted.

Surgical/procedural areas: For patients arriving for any procedure requiring sedation or general anesthesia, one healthy designated support person is permitted. For pediatric patients, two healthy designated caregivers are permitted

Outpatient clinics: One healthy support person is permitted. For pediatric patients, two health caregivers are permitted.

All support persons allowed to visit are strongly encouraged to remain in the patient room during the duration of their visit, limit traffic in hallways and avoid congregating in waiting rooms, cafeterias and lobbies before, after or between visits. Family members/support persons are permitted to leave and re-enter the building but must be rescreened upon each entry. Family members are strongly encouraged to limit repeated entry and return.

Forest managementA new guide released by The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science describes 10 forest management practices that can increase carbon stocks within 20 years (and usually sooner) in hardwood forests in New England and New York. “Healthy Forests for Our Future: A Management Guide to Increase Carbon Storage in Northeast Forests” was developed to aid landowners and foresters in making decisions and introduce them to programs that can help cover the costs of “climate smart” forest management.

In 2018, a study on the potential of natural climate solutions in the United States estimated these actions could remove 20% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, greater than the combined carbon emissions from all cars and trucks on the road in the United States. For landowners and the professionals who manage forests, it is not always clear what choices balance the need to increase carbon stocks (store more carbon pollution pulled from the air in trees and soils) with the other forest values we depend on, including their significance in protecting clean drinking water, providing habitat for wildlife and producing wood products.

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