Under the plan, which is set to take effect Thursday, the hospital expects to fill some vacancies with leaders who are also providers.
After more than a year offline, the University of Vermont Medical Center’s inpatient rehabilitation unit is taking patients again.
The state reported three new deaths and an increase in hospitalizations on Wednesday.
The standalone center is billed as a cheaper alternative to hospital-based surgeries, its leaders say.
Meanwhile, the state health department reported a record-setting 2,644 cases on Saturday.
A plan to educate more nurses leaves out the crisis afflicting the state’s existing health care workers, leaders of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s nurses union said this week.
The Vermont Department of Health reported 1,917 new Covid-19 cases Friday, raising the seven-day case average to 1,123 cases per day.
The federal government is expected to cover more than half the cost.
The QuickVue tests will come in packs of two and Vermonters will be able to order them online. Additional details about how to obtain the tests will be issued next week.
The state is now averaging more than 1,000 cases a day.
A version of the act under consideration has been on the books since the pandemic hit in 2020. The most recent version, known as Act 6, expires March 31 unless the Legislature decides to renew it. Health care leaders say it is essential.
Last week, 86 employees of the Killington and Pico ski resorts tested positive for Covid-19. No additional employee cases have since been confirmed, according to the Vermont Department of Health.
State officials intended to distribute 87,000 rapid Covid test kits for students before they returned to school after the holiday break. Only about half made it to parents.
At-home test kits and PCR tests are once again in short supply, even as Covid-19 continues to spread.