Drug Take back day a COVID-19 update and some tentative Halloween in Norwich plans plus a survey for you.

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I am posting an announcement of a new COVID_19 update, a drug take back day that is coming up soon, and some tentative plans for Halloween in Norwich. All just to keep you involved and informed, especially during these difficult times.

Photo courtesy of Norwich PD

23. Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
From: "Frank, Jennifer" <Jennifer.Frank@vermont.gov>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2020 19:04:51 +0000

Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.  Bring your unwanted and unused medications to the Norwich Police Department for safe and proper disposal.  The collected medications will be disposed of at several incineration facilities located throughout New England that will convert the pharmaceutical waste into clean, renewable energy for use by local communities. Since 2010, this initiative has resulted in over 1.2 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste collected over eighteen drug take-back events.

  *   Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. I
  *   All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted.
  *   Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  *   Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
  *   Vape pens and other e-cigarette devices will be accepted only after the batteries are removed from the devices by the participant.

Chief Jennifer Frank, Norwich, VT Police Department
10 Hazen Street / P.O. Box 311, Norwich, VT 05055
(802)649-1460 (Office), (802)649-1775 (Fax)

26. COVID-19 Update
From: "Frank, Jennifer" <Jennifer.Frank@vermont.gov>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2020 20:19:21 +0000

  1.  Current Status in VT: Positive COVID-19 Test results 1,755 (+31), Patients Currently Hospitalized 1 (-1), Hospitalized Under Investigation 2 (+1), Total People Recovered 1,609 (+43), Deaths attributed to COVID-19 58 (n/a), People being monitored for COVID-19 499 (+47).
  2.  Massachusetts:  Restaurants expanded seating from 6 to 10 people and open bar seating started on 9/28.
  3.  Maine:  Extended their state of emergency proclamation another 30 days through 10/29.
  4.  New York:  New York City will impose fines on people who refuse to wear a face covering.  More than 1,000 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in a single day on 9/25
  5.  New Jersey:  The State’s COVID-19 positivity rate is now at 3%, the highest since mid-July.
  6.  Florida:  Surpassed 700,000 total cases and is up to 700,564 confirmed cases. Florida reported 1,882 new cases of coronavirus on 09/27 along with 10 more residents' deaths.
  7.  Mississippi:  Signed an executive order to extend some COVID-19 restrictions, but the statewide mask mandate will be allowed to expire.
  8.  New cases of COVID-19 rose in 27 out of 50 U.S. states in September compared with August, led by an increase of 111% in Wisconsin.
  9.  Quebec province reported 896 new cases of COVID-19 on 09/27, its highest single-day tally in months.  Montreal and Quebec City are included in the "red zone" lockdown.
  10. 7,213,419 (+298,206) COVID-19 U.S. cases and 206,402 (+4,991) domestic fatalities.
  11. 33,722,075 cases and 1,009,270 deaths worldwide.

Chief Jennifer Frank, Norwich, VT Police Department
10 Hazen Street / P.O. Box 311, Norwich, VT 05055
(802)649-1460 (Office), (802)649-1775 (Fax)

Photo of last years event courtesy of Norwich PD

17. Halloween in Norwich - from the MCS PTO
From: Marion Cross PTO <marioncrosspto@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2020 11:16:42 -0400


The Marion Cross School PTO is working with the Norwich Recreation
Department to plan for a fun and SAFE Halloween for our Norwich youth.  As
with all things during these novel times, Halloween will be different this

There will be new and creative events that work more comfortably with
current Covid guidance.  An event that supports social distancing is
planned to replace the large gathering that usually happens at the Inn. In
addition, we will be asking youth from other towns, outside Norwich, to
please enjoy Halloween in their own communities this year.

Right now, we’re reaching out to IN-TOWN NORWICH FAMILIES. For
trick-or-treating this year, candy will be placed in bowls at the end of
driveways so there will be no direct contact with the trick-or-treaters.
The placement will also eliminate close gathering on stoops/porches and
families passing each other at close range coming and going.
Trick-or-treating youth will be briefed on safety guidelines, mask wearing,
social distancing, and how to know which houses/driveways to go to.
Families that would like to have trick or treaters will be given a special
pumpkin light (see below) to identify their house.  Houses without the
pumpkin light should not have trick or treaters.

Based on these guidelines, if you live at an in-town home that is generally
on the trick-or-treat route, we’d like to know if, this year, you would
like to participate in trick or treating. Please let us know by taking the
SURVEY below (NOT by replying to this email.) If your survey answer is that
you would like trick or treaters, we will provide an illuminated, LED
pumpkin to identify your home as a trick-or-treat home, and we will also
bring you candy from the PTO annual Halloween Candy Drive.

This is a unique year and we understand that many may not want to
participate.  Please fill out this brief survey to indicate your
preferences.  If you do NOT let us know, we will assume you do NOT want to
participate, and we will NOT bring you an LED pumpkin or candy.


Thank you!

Alexa Manning

Marion Cross PTO President/Co-Chair