Orleans and Northern Essex COVID 19 Response Team updates

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NEWPORT — The ONE Response Team is continuing to meet weekly to review resources to bring to the community, and on Friday they posted some recent updates.

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The United Church on Third Street in Newport has expanded its food shelf with extra bags available throughout the month.

Bags are available from Monday through Friday from 10-2, and visitors are asked to ring the doorbell upon arrival.

Beginning Monday, May 4, NEKCA Food shelf will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 12-3.

Masks continue to be available by contacting several area resources, including but not limited to the NEK Council on Aging at 1-800-642-5119 or (802) 334-2190.

Masks are also available through NEKCA at 334-7316.

The Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Collaborative (PITR) has emergency services postcards to share with as many communities as possible.

If interested, contact PITR Coordinator Sunny Naughton at sunny.naughton@neklsvt.org to arrange a pickup/drop off of materials.

The Heart Project says it has received an excellent response so far.

Started by the Derby Elementary School and lifted up by local artist Ally Howell, community members are showing their solidarity by posting hearts in their windows both at work and at home.

“I encouraged Derby Elementary School families to participate in The Hearts Project because it not only shows gratitude to those essential workers, it raises community spirit,” Stacey Urbin, Principal of DES said. “We are promoting a common strength and spirit within the community.”

To participate, take a photo of your heart and send it to Sunny Naughton at sunny.naughton@neklsvt.org to be featured in future communications.

The ONE COVID 19 Response Team was formed to keep residents updated and safe.

The team’s goals include assessing the needs of the community due to COVID 19.

For more information about the ONE COVID 19 Response Team contact sunny.naughton@neklsvt.org

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