NVU-Lyndon Campus Ready for Emergency Use

LYNDON - As the state of Vermont awaits the apex of COVID-19 cases to overspread the region, Vermont Emergency Management is planning ahead to ensure that hospitals have the space they need for patients, in case a localized outbreak of the virus occurs.

Within the Northeast Kingdom, one location for such "overflow space" is the Lyndon campus of Northern Vermont University.

 Vermont Emergency Management reached out to the institution to see what space the University could offer. NVU has stated that "Vermont Emergency Management has contacted Northern Vermont University regarding the possible use of campus facilities to address community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. These scenarios may involve our gyms on both campuses or our residence halls. There is no timeline. NVU stands ready to assist our communities and the State of Vermont."

There was no mention of what hospitals would utilize the campus space if need be, however, reaching out to Northeastern Regional Hospital in Saint Johnsbury, Laural Ruggles the Vice President of Marketing and Community Health Improvement stated that at NVRH "We are still adequately staffed with beds and ventilators" and that "Right now we are in good shape."

As of the latest update according to Stephanie Brackin from Vermont Emergency Management, they are not using the campus as a site at this time. Residential students that left behind belongings were notified earlier this week that a professional moving crew was hired to move belongings to make room for this request of "overflow space."