After a brutal fiscal year, the leaders of Vermont's largest health care provider have a strategy for digging out in 2023.
Nearby states have reported a rise in new Omicron subvariants.
Health experts in Vermont warn that respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, and rhinovirus are surging earlier, and with more cases than usual.
During the first eight months of this year, 151 Vermonters died from an opioid overdose. The figure represents 14 more deaths than in the same period in 2021, a year that set a new record for opioid deaths in Vermont.
Most metrics show Vermont’s Covid levels to be low, even as levels in some states in the Southwest begin to rise.
OneCare’s CEO declined to share the organization’s key performance indicators with state regulators when asked at a hearing last week.
Despite the first snowstorm of the season being forecast by the National Weather Service to land early Wednesday morning, the policy offering shelter will not be in effect in 11 of 12 of the state’s regions Wednesday, per the Department for Children and Families' website.
The state’s Covid levels returned to “low” last week after two weeks of “medium” levels.
From January to July 2022, xylazine was involved in 38 of 126 opioid overdose deaths among state residents, according to the Vermont Department of Health. That is more than double the rate for the same period last year, and reflects a steady rise since 2020.
The contract, which will run through September 2025, includes language recognizing the hospital’s obligation to honor a staffing grid it submits to the state; safety and health provisions; and improvements to critical need and other specialty pay.