As local towns determine how they will spend their federal COVID-19 stimulus money disbursed through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, one community is using some of its funding to make both a short-term and a long-term public health purchase. On Monday, Littleton selectmen voted to use the money to purchase two ventilators to be outfitted in the town’s two ambulances, with cost and installation and a half-decade of maintenance and service funded by ARPA, at no cost to Littleton taxpayers. The $34,155.83 investment will help out in the short term, as the pandemic continues and cases remain high in Littleton, and in the future for calls to those patients with chronic conditions and respiratory conditions needing transport to the hospital. Making the request during Monday’s board meeting was Littleton Fire Rescue Chief Michael McQuillen.
- All 175,000 free rapid COVID-19 test kits that became available Wednesday for Vermonters
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