Health Office Update: June 2, 2022
June 02, 2022
TA had 1 new case of Covid over the past weekend. Thank you to students for masking last week & keeping our community healthy!! NEW -Test kits are available at Upper Valley Ambulance. VDH testing sites will close June 25. Vermonters are encouraged to pick up free take-home tests from these sites for home use.
Students 5 and older should get their first booster if they haven’t already. Adults 50 years and older and all 12 years old and up with immunocompromise can get a 2nd booster (if the previous booster was more than 4 months ago). NEW – Covid vaccines should be available for 6 month-olds to 5 year-olds after June 20th, call your pediatrician at the end of June if interested.
Extra take home kits & N95 masks are available in the Health & Main Office.
Sun screen, sun screen, sun screen for all those wanting healthy, happy skin.
Remind your teens to be avoid swimming in fast water/rivers with strong currents. Do not swim at the Union Village Dam with water rushing through. Teens remember to always swim with a buddy, NEVER dive where water is rocky, cloudy, or shallow; do not drink alcohol and swim.
Deer ticks are out – DAILY TICK CHECKS RESUME.
-Ellen’s Lyme Disease prevention video: https://norwichcommunitynurse.org/index.php/health-topics/
War in Ukraine:
There are ways to help during this horrific war: there is a UNICEF coin collection box outside the Health Office, UNICEF is helping thousands of children.
Online donations can be made to: the International Committee for the Red Cross (https://www.icrc.org/en) and Doctors Without Borders (https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org). These organizations are providing emergency water, food and medical aid. A Polish women and children’s charity, UNAWEZA: https://www.unaweza.org/en/support/ is helping Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
The Ukrainian Egg Project for Peace and Goodness is coordinated at TA by Susan Essex-Luce. The Pysanky for Peace project began in New York State in March 2022 by a Ukrainian-American artist who wanted to do something to help Ukraine after the Russian invasion. The goal of the project is to create and collect 100,000 pysanky (decorated eggs) to raise funds for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and also to teach and share this important cultural tradition of the Ukrainian People. Eventually, once the war ends, the project hopes to deliver all of the donated Pysanky to the people of Ukraine. You can help by looking at the Pysanka on the web site (keep an eye out for TA’s pysanky appearing soon!) and choosing a Pysanka to sponsor or by donating funds directly to RAZOM for Ukraine.